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Palo Alto Unified School District (PAUSD) is located in the heart of Silicon Valley and is well known for its rich tradition of educational excellence. The reputation of PAUSD as one of the top districts in the United States is by design, not by chance. In cooperation with a supportive community and dedicated parents, our teachers and staff work diligently to carry out the Board-adopted Strategic Plan and implement a road map that puts students on a direct path to academic achievement. District students consistently show high performance levels with scores for academic achievement in the top percentiles compared with student scores state wide and nationally. One of the strengths of our District comes from the multi-cultural diversity of its students. Although students come from different backgrounds, they share an excitement about learning and tend to be high achievers who wish to excel.
The high level of professionalism among teachers in the District is the key to student success. PAUSD 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.
PAUSD serves approximately 12,000 students who live in most, but not all, of the City of 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, a Young Fives program, a self-supporting Adult School, the Hospital School at Stanford’s Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital, and Summer School.
Considered one of the most desirable places to live on the San Francisco Peninsula, the Palo Alto area draws people of high educational professional status as well as a younger, more ethnically diverse Stanford University population. Ranked among the Bay Area’s finest cities for its schools, parks libraries, and other city services, Palo Alto is also known for its shopping, restaurants, and theater.
Tentative: application deadline is expected to be February 28, 2018.