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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.
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Palo Alto Unified School District Reviews
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!
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.