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  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    A-
  3. Teachers
    A+
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A
  6. Health & Safety
    C+
  7. Administration
    A
  8. Sports
    A
  9. Food
    A
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B+
Palo Alto Unified School District is a top rated, public school district located in Palo Alto, CA. It has 12,460 students in grades K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 19 to 1. According to state test scores, 84% of students are at least proficient in math and 83% 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
83%
Percent Proficient - Math
84%
Average Graduation Rate
95%
Average SAT
1390
959 responses
Average ACT
31
538 responses
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Students

Diversity
A-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
12,460
Free or Reduced Lunch
8.1%

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
19:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$106,604
Teachers in First/Second Year
7.3%

Finances

Total Expenses
$254,552,000
Expenses Per Student
$18,795/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    65%
  • Support Services
    33%
  • Other
    1%

Palo Alto Unified School District 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!
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Appearance over substance. The PR and propaganda machine is second to none, which is great if you are into superficiality. Used to focus on teacher creativity and student engagement. Now all about "alignment", so-called learning targets, and Ed. Tech. What once seemed to be a vibrant, innovative district, has become a Maoist top down regime with little tolerance for those who "think differently". Technology drives teaching, as opposed to the other way around. Teachers used to be admonished for relying too much on "videos". Now a teacher is a pariah if students are not glued to screens most of the time. If your child is not getting enough screen time at home, and you want to make sure they get even more, then this is the district for you. Technology trumps all!!!! Don't ever bring up the issue of the inundation of ED TECH and student privacy. You will be soundly ignored as your child's key strokes are monitored by third parties.
I like that the PAUSD district is always on the forefront of improving and making students and their education a priority. The district has struggled with misbehaving staff and students, which has often times left a bad mark on the school's record. But aside from the negative things that our district has faced, we happen to be very passionate about well-being in school. Countless organizations and clubs have been formed in an effort to ensure our students are learning in a positive and unharmful way. Our district is known to be competitive where students performance in school takes priority over their well-being and leads to a negative outcome. Yet, with all the social and emotional counselors and staff on campus, our school has come far from its earlier days in which their were no resources to turn to if a person was struggling.