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Palo Alto Unified School District
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  • PALO ALTO, CA

COVID-19 Update for Prospective Students and Families:

The Palo Alto Unified School District is committed to a safe learning environment for our students and staff. As the first K-12 school district to return to in-person instruction in Santa Clara County, PAUSD has a track record of successfully serving students. From the initial closures in March of 2020, PAUSD has anchored to the Center of Diseases Control and Prevention. Learn More

Report Card

grade A+
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    grade A+
  2. Diversity
    grade A minus
  3. Teachers
    grade A+
  4. College Prep
    grade A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    grade A minus
  6. Health & Safety
    grade A minus
  7. Administration
    grade B minus
  8. Sports
    grade A minus
  9. Food
    grade B
  10. Resources & Facilities
    grade B+

About

25 CHURCHILL AVE
PALO ALTO, CA 94306
About Palo Alto Unified School District...

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Grades
PK, K-12
Total Schools
19
Students
11,745
From Palo Alto Unified School District

The Palo Alto Unified School District is truly a destination for families searching for some of the top schools in the country. The depth and breadth of programs offered to students is unparalleled with the lowest student to staff ratios in California for districts with enrollment over 2,500.

Located in the birthplace of the Silicon Valley, PAUSD is home to Stanford University and tech industry leaders. Innovation and creativity are hallmarks of the region and part of the PAUSD fabric.

PAUSD serves their students at the highest level, while also serving as a model for the region, state, and nation. The PAUSD Promise replaced typical strategic plans as a way to balance fundamental goals, student outcomes, and innovative practices.

Palo Alto Unified School District Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
81%
Percent Proficient - Math
81%
Average Graduation Rate
95%
Average SAT
1400
1,548 responses
Average ACT
31
807 responses

#1 K-12 District in the Nation with Over 10,000 students

Palo Alto Unified offers an academic program unparalleled in depth and breadth. Students are supported at all levels, while preparing for launches into the top colleges and universities in the world, high-level internships, and exciting careers.

Students

Diversity
grade A minus
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
11,745
Free or Reduced Lunch
9.6%

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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

grade A+
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Cost of Living
    grade D+
  2. Good for Families
    grade A+
  3. Housing
    grade C
Median Household Income
$158,271
National
$62,843
Median Rent
$2,569
National
$1,062
Median Home Value
$2,000,001
National
$217,500

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