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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    A-
  3. Teachers
    A+
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A
  6. Health & Safety
    A-
  7. Administration
    B-
  8. Sports
    A-
  9. Food
    B
  10. Resources & Facilities
    A-
Palo Alto Unified School District is a top rated, public school district located in Palo Alto, CA. It has 12,259 students in grades K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 17 to 1. According to state test scores, 81% of students are at least proficient in math and 81% in reading.
Address
25 Churchill Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94306
Telephone
(650) 329-3700
Website

Palo Alto Unified School District Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
81%
Percent Proficient - Math
81%
Average Graduation Rate
96%
Average SAT
1390
1,304 responses
Average ACT
31
706 responses

Students

Diversity
A-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
12,259
Free or Reduced Lunch
9.6%

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
17:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$115,981
Teachers in First/Second Year
7.3%

Finances

Total Expenses
$254,552,000
Expenses Per Student
$18,599/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    66%
  • Support Services
    33%
  • Other
    1%
Living in the Area
A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    D+
  2. Good for Families
    A+
  3. Housing
    B-
Median Household Income
$147,537
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$2,379
National
$949
Median Home Value
$1,989,300
National
$184,700

Palo Alto Unified School District Reviews

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I have 2 children in PAUSD. Like the strong academics, excellent teachers, ample resources funded by the generous donations from parents. Diversity, culture, campuses, and a very strong desire to succeed among students are definitely the advantages of this school district, and namely Gunn High School. What school is lacking is emotional intelligence, resilience and athletic leadership. Athletic Director is highly unprofessional and yet keeps his job for years, which casts doubts on the school leadership. Being a strong academic school Gunn would highly benefit from a stronger more coherent athletic program. The one that can add balance to student's lives. A very competitive environment overall. Excellent teachers!
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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!
Palo Alto Unified School District values education and academics in a way that clearly shows. They provide a good number of resources along with very good academic courses, but the negative effect of their outstanding academics is the high level of stress that students may experience.