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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.
The best school district ever if you want your kids to have the best education send them here. Will definitely send my kids here in the future.
This is a very fortunate school district to live in. PAUSD hires some excellent teachers and staff, although retention seems to be an issue for principals. The high cost of living in the area is a challenge for school employees.
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I would like to see more diversity and real efforts to lessen the achievement gap at our school. I would like them to follow through with what they plan for that.
I have had many teachers who are absolutely wonderful and care deeply about their students. The educational opportunities are quite rich and everyone I know is going to be more than prepared for college by the time they graduate.
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.
Being apart of the Palo Alto Unified School District is great; the education is excellent and the location is perfect, but the people could be better and the counselors could help students out more when it comes to college apps.
I really did like the school but there is much more to improve and they need to challenge students even more because everything is too easy and their hot lunch is not good and I think that they should provide better, delicious, and nutritious meals. I did meet my best friend there.
Great student body, but stressful environment. Administration can be really difficult to get a hold of, and its not easy to get support.
PAUSD is one of the nation's top school districts. It has a reputation for having vigorous academics and hard classes. But, it's not too challenging and prepares the kids for higher education just the right amount. Schools in this district has very friendly members and the administration does their job.
I like how we have many resources and people here are motivated. However, student voice is often lost in admin decisions.
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!
Palo Alto Unified School District does a great job on reviewing issues that occur throughout the district. However, I would like to see improvement on sexual assault and harassment cases.
The Palo Alto Unified School District is an average district, I believe this because it is here for students to learn but I also feel like that they aren't as open as it should. Most schools have diversity but unfortunately we don't also some students will brag about there wealth and not everyone can have the newest shoes or the newest bags or anything.
While Palo Alto Senior High School can be very stressful, I feel very fortunate to go here. The facilities and resources offered are amazing and I have many opportunities to study or be involved in whatever I want.
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.
The standard of academics is very high. If you get the right teacher, you will have a great experience. There is a lot of pressure at the high schools; everyone is at such a high level that it can get overwhelming. There is also a lot of pressure to take as many APs as you can fit into your schedule.
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Overall good school but they need to get rid of bad teachers and lower student stress. The atmosphere surrounding college is very toxic. Such unrealistically high expectations, and if you don't meet them, you are seen as lesser of a person.
They honestly don't care about student life when you bring to their attention bullying or poor wellness within the community you are brushed aside. Another thing is that they do not implement the homework policy they placed about a year or two ago. Teachers still give over the maximum 30 minutes a night for homework with kids doing homework for at least 2 hours on one assignment. Most of the assignments are busy work that are labeled "practice".
Great atmosphere, and how diverse it was and still is. I had great teachers that helped if I ever get stuck on something. There is also resources for students applying for college.
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