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  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 11,992 students in grades K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 17 to 1. According to state test scores, 83% of students are at least proficient in math and 82% in reading.
25 Churchill Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94306

Palo Alto Unified School District Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
82%
Percent Proficient - Math
83%
Average Graduation Rate
95%
Average SAT
1390
1,408 responses
Average ACT
31
773 responses

Students

Diversity
A-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
11,992
Free or Reduced Lunch
9.6%

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
17:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$124,742
Teachers in First/Second Year
7.3%

Finances

Expenses Per Student
$21,626/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    66%
  • Support Services
    33%
  • Other
    1%
Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    D+
  2. Good for Families
    A+
  3. Housing
    C
Median Household Income
$157,120
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$2,471
National
$949
Median Home Value
$2,000,000
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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The Palo Alto Unified School District is a school district where you are sure to receive a good education. The teachers are mostly always there to support you to achieve your best. It is a competitive, grueling environment but the students are still kind and supportive to others. The facilities are quite good as is the culture and location in Palo Alto. It thoroughly prepares you for college with its top-notch academics. There are many clubs and extracurriculars to choose from, there is always something for everybody.
Paly is a great school in some aspects. The music and sports programs are pretty top notch. However, the district has made some questionable decisions that has angered the student body on some occasions. The most recent being how long it took for the school to close in the midst of the corona outbreak. Additionally, the academic environment has always been super frustrating. Students are always stressed out and holding themselves to a super high standard that is above other schools.