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We are a student-oriented district where children come first and where students always remain at the heart of our commitment. Thanks to the efforts of our talented and dedicated staff, strong support from our Board of Education, involved parents and a community that values education, our students benefit from a rich and varied curriculum.

As we pursue our Strategic Plan to provide a first-class educational program for all our students, our ongoing commitment is to improve student achievement and to support all areas of student development.

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Palo Alto High School Draft WASC Report Outlines Areas of Strength and Growth

During the week of March 2, Palo Alto High School completed a successful site visit by a team from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) of the Accrediting Commission on Schools.  This three-day visit was the culminating piece of a deeply reflective and interactive process which included gathering and analyzing data; holding parent, student, and staff meetings; and compiling a lengthy report.  

WASC Visiting Team Praises Gunn High School

During the week of March 23, Gunn High School successfully completed a thorough on site review by a team professional educators from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) of the Accrediting Commission on Schools. Preparations for this visit included an intense schedule of staff, student, and parent meetings; gathering of data on a variety of topics; and dedicated work in compiling reports for the visiting team to read prior to their arrival. 

Documentary Screening and Discussion – The Mask You Live In

The Mask You Live In, a new documentary film premiering at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, asks the important question: Is American masculinity harming our boys, young men and society at large?

Please go to eventbrite? to RSVP for a free ticket and to see the film trailer. Following the screening we'll have a lively discussion led by Jerrold Lee Shapiro, Ph.D., Professor of Counseling Psychology at Santa Clara University.

Thursday, April 16th
6:00 - 9:00pm
Henry M. Gunn High School's Titan Gym
780 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto, CA 94306

Community Screening of the Award Winning Documentary – Miss Representation

Hosted by Terman Middle School and Gunn High School

Wednesday, April 15 
6:00-8:30 p.m.
Terman Middle School
655 Arastradero Road

This film focuses a lens on female gender stereotyping and the challenges it can cause for our adolescent and teenage girls. The film will be followed by a panel discussion with mental health and counseling professionals who will explore how these gender stereotypes can impact our youth.  There will be a Q and A opportunity for parents and community members to explore how we can best support our youth.  Click to learn more about this event  and how to RSVP.

Students Ditch Junk Food

Students Ditch Junk Food for Healthy After-School Snacks in the Sodexo 2015 Future Chefs Challenge


While healthy eating can be a challenge for kids and parents, elementary school students in Palo Alto Unified School District (PAUSD) will use their creativity and culinary skills to make healthy, after-school snacks in the Sodexo 2015 Future Chefs Challenge in partnership with the PAUSD Student Nutrition Services Department. The national initiative, which is in its fifth year, was created to get students thinking about making healthy food choices while also encouraging them to get active and creative in the kitchen. PAUSD students are joining over 2,500 other students representing over 1,000 Sodexo-served school sites in 29 states nationally in this fun and educational challenge.


Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at 3:00PM-5:00PM
3:00-3:30PM Finalist Orientation
3:30-4:15PM Finalists Prepare Their Recipes
4:15-4:30PM Judging and Tasting
4:30-5:00PM Award Ceremony


Jane Lathrop Stanford Middle School -Cafetorium
480 East Meadow Drive, Palo Alto, Ca 94306

Elementary School Administrative Changes for 2015-16

Superintendent Dr. Max McGee announced a set of elementary school leadership changes that will become effective in the 2015-2016 school year. 

“PAUSD is in a process of making systemic changes that will strengthen programs and services in our elementary schools and across the district. Drawing upon the deep skill sets, applicable knowledge, and meaningful experiences of each of these leaders will advance our vision that supports all students as we prepare them to thrive as global citizens in a rapidly changing world.   Matching the expertise of these leaders with the districts’ critical needs is fundamental to our goal of continuous improvement, and I am confident they will make broad and important contributions to students, staff, and families in their new roles,” shared Superintendent McGee.