A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    A+
  4. College Readiness
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A+
  6. Health & Safety
    A
  7. Administration
    A+
  8. Sports
    A+
  9. Food
    A+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    A
Address
25 Churchill Ave.
Palo Alto, CA 94306
Telephone
(650) 329-3700
Website

Palo Alto Unified School District Rankings

Niche ranks over 8,000 public school districts based on statistics and millions of opinions from students and parents.
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  • High Schools

Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
82%
Percent Proficient - Math
83%
Average Graduation Rate
96%
Average SAT
1380
732 responses
Average ACT
31
418 responses

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
12,527
Free or Reduced Lunch
10%

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
18:1
National
16:1
Average Teacher Salary
$102,888
Teachers in First/Second Year

Finances

Total Expenses
$254,552,000
Expenses Per Student
$20,600/ student
National
$11,890
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    67%
  • Support Services
    32%
  • Other
    1%

Palo Alto Unified School District Reviews

15 reviews
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I love this school! My daughter went here throughout many grades, and she graduated with honors in every class. She learned an abundant amount of knowledge from this school and she now has a full scholarship to Harvard University. This school has top academics, sports, and teachers. The teachers are very involved, tying to help the students excel. I encourage parents to consider enrolling your child here. It empacted my daughter in a great way!
Review Palo Alto Unified School District
Palo Alto has been a great place where people go to get their education. There may be a few flaws here and there but overall there are ways in which to fix them. When there's a problem, the faculty go first to the students to get feedback and that is something important because in the end it is the students who will benefit. The way of teaching is excellent, the teachers understand the students and if there is a problem with an assignment the teachers are willing to negotiate, they want the students trust. They get you prepared for college, and make sure you are ready for different environments. Clubs are excellent, they are a great way to meet new people that enjoy the same things as you do. Also they have the option of creating your own club if yours is not there. They also let students go off campus, such as off campus lunch which is a fun experience because they are giving students some independence.
Palo Alto is an unparalleled environment, filled with incredible opportunities, both for extracurriculars and academics. However, being located in the heart of silicon valley, next to Stanford University, as well as an area of high socioeconomic status has contributed to high levels of student stress. However, the school district is making a notable effort to instate initiatives to improve the mental health of their students.