Palo Alto Schools

The Palo Alto School District is well known for its rich tradition of educational excellence and is listed among the top school districts in the state of California. Students consistently score in the top percentiles as ranked by the state’s Academic Performance Index (API scores).

The high level of professionalism among teachers in the district is the key to student success. Palo Alto School District offers some of the highest teacher salaries in the Bay Area and is able to hire many of the best and the brightest teachers in the state. The community places a high value on education and supports the schools with generous commitments of time and money. Parents, businesses, government, agencies, community organizations, and local colleges and universities actively participate in the educational process through collaborative programs, public and private partnerships, and significant volunteer contributions. The result is a school district that works diligently to carry out the Board-adopted Strategic Plan and implement a road map that puts students on a direct path to academic achievement.

The Palo Alto Schools serves approximately 11,000 students from Palo Alto, certain areas of Los Altos Hills, and Portola Valley, as well as the Stanford University campus. The District consists of twelve K – 5 elementary schools, three middle schools (grades 6 – 8) and two high schools (grades 9 – 12). In addition, the District currently operates a pre-school, Young Fives program, a self-supporting Adult School, the Hospital School at Stanford’s Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital, and Summer School.

Check out the Palo Alto Unified School District website for additional information such as individual School’s Accountability Report Cards, which you can find here.



 Elementary Schools
Middle Schools
High Schools

Palo Alto Unified School District Boundary Maps