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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.


PAUSD High Schools Lead Competitive South Bay Area High Schools in Newsweek’s National Rankings

Gunn and Palo Alto high schools ranked better than 99.7% of U.S. public high schools in Newsweek Magazine’s “America’s Top High Schools Rankings” released earlier this week.  The 2014 rankings are based on 2011-2012 school data gathered by the national leading research firm Westat Inc. research group and reviewed by the Newsweek Advisory Panel comprised of educational leaders from across the country.

Palo Alto Unified Offers Second Annual Student Services Fair Journey to Success: Resources to Help Students Thrive

Palo Alto Unified School District will be hosting its second annual Student Services Fair on Thursday, September 25 from 6:00 – 8:00pm at Jordan Middle School located at 750 North California Avenue.  The intent of the Student Services Fair is to orient parents to the many resources and supports available to K-12 students to help them experience success at school. Parents will learn information on how to access a variety of services related to: resiliency, academic supports, parent resources, health education, mental health and recreational services, and volunteer opportunities. PAUSD’s Student Nutrition Services will sponsor a demonstration dinner event and childcare (five and over) will be provided for free to all participants.  Spanish and Mandarin translation services will be available.

Are You Ready? Emergency Preparedness Home Safety Faire at El Carmelo Elementary School September 28

El Carmelo Elementary School is pleased to partner with the Palo Alto Emergency Service Volunteers in providing the Emergency Preparedness Home Safety Faire on Sunday, September 28 from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.  The school’s multipurpose room will be bustling with approximately a dozen organizations and City of Palo Alto departments providing more than twenty stations with free information regarding a wide range of safety and emergency preparedness topics such as building emergency supply kits, bike safety and maintenance, keeping children and pets safe, local resources, and tips on planning prior to an emergency.

District Announces New Chief Technology Officer

Glenn “Max” McGee, Ph.D., Superintendent, is pleased to announce he will recommend the appointment of Mr. Derek Moore as Chief Technology Officer.  The recommendation will be presented to the Board of Education at the September 9, 2014, regular meeting.  Mr. Moore replaces Ms. Ann Dunkin who recently joined the Environmental Protection Agency. 

Gunn High School Celebrates 50 Years of Excellence in Three Day Celebration

Current and former Gunn High School Titans, as well as the entire Gunn community, will be celebrating 50 years of successful academic, athletic, artistic, and technical endeavors at their celebration weekend scheduled for Friday, September 12 – Sunday, September 14.  A wide variety of activities are planned including an Alumni BBQ; special halftime show in the Gunn’s football game against Carlmont High School; a formal ceremony on Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m. followed by campus tours, a panel of current and former faculty members, and an alumni art show; and a Golden Gala at the Palo Alto Sheraton. A family Field Day will wrap up the weekend on Sunday.  Proud Gunn Alumni and NBC Anchorwoman Janelle Wang will be the Master of Ceremonies at the formal ceremony on Saturday morning, and many revered faculty members, such as Gunn’s first Principal Dr. Robert McLean and the first Athletic Director Bob Bow, will be present for the Saturday events.  Click here for a complete schedule and details.

Barron Park Elementary STEAM-Focused Maker Studio Grand Opening on September 6

Students, families, staff, and community members at Barron Park Elementary School will join in the world-wide Maker movement by celebrating the Grand Opening of their own Maker Studio on Saturday, September 6.  The event is an open house where students and parents alike will be encouraged to experiment with the specialized building, coding, design engineering, electrical circuits, sewing, 3-D printing, movie making, and robotics stations and to collaborate with other attendees.

Event Details:

Date:     Saturday, September 6, 2014

Time:     10:00am – 2:00pm         Formal Ceremony at 10:40 a.m.

Location: Barron Park Elementary School- Room 15, 800 Barron Avenue, Palo Alto, CA  94306

What:     Hands-on activities and formal ceremony to mark official Grand Opening of Maker Studio.