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Strategic Plan

Palo Alto Unified School District is proud of its reputation as one of the top districts in the United States.  It has occurred with a dedication to continuous improvement through the cooperative efforts of the Board of Education, administration, credentialed and classified staff, dedicated students, and a supportive community.  Our district's Strategic Plan has shown us, yet again, the strength of our community’s commitment to educational excellence.   With clear goals, metrics, and initiatives, the plan describes our priorities and will be a strong foundation as we reflect on our progress and move forward together.  Regular review of our accomplishments and challenges will be included in our ongoing work to achieve continuous improvement.

2013 Strategic Plan

On May 28, 2013, the Board of Education adopted an updated Strategic Plan for the district.  With students as the center of our focus, the five focus areas of the plan – Academic Excellence and Learning, Personal Development and Support, Innovative Staff Development and Recruitment, Optimized Budget and Infrastructure, and Transparent Governance and Communications – form the basis for improvement efforts in important areas of the district’s operations.

During the development of the strategic plan, there were myriad opportunities for community members to provide input: almost sixty one-on-one interviews were conducted; over ten focus groups were organized; and online surveys resulted in over 4,000 responses from parents, high school students, teachers, administrators, and classified staff. This information was then systematically reviewed and shared with our community.

Throughout the development of the plan, our community offered their thoughts and suggestions in multiple community forums. We believe this input allowed us to build the strongest plan possible and assure our community that the initiatives and actions will move us forward as an organization. To bring the plan to successful implementation will require commitment, collaboration, and perseverance from those who care about the young people of our community.

Mission and Vision Statements
On November 19, 2013, the Board adopted the following Vision and Mission statements:


  • We support all PAUSD students as they prepare themselves to thrive as global citizens in a rapidly changing world.  We develop our students’ knowledge, critical thinking, and problem solving skills, and nurture their curiosity, creativity, and resilience, empowering every child to reach his or her fullest intellectual, social, and creative potential. 


  • We are a public, pre-K-12 school district that unites our students, teachers, staff, and parents to deliver on our collective vision by offering a rich and challenging academic experience to all students within a supportive community, dedicated to preparing our youth for the challenges of living in a fast-changing world.

Analysis of Strategic Plan Survey Results Administered March 2014

Surveys/ Results Raw Data

Strategic Plan Documents

On May 27, 2008, the Board of Education approved a Strategic Plan, which provided the basis for the current plan and efforts.   In 2013, the Strategic Plan was renewed.  Archival documents are provided below.

2008 Strategic Plan PDF Document |  2008 Strategic Plan Survey Summaries PDF Document | 2008 Analysis of Comments PDF Document2010 Strategic Plan Review Survey Summaries PDF Document2010 Strategic Plan Review PDF Document 

2013 Strategic Plan PDF Document | April 12, 2013 Study Session on Strategic Plan Survey Results PDF DocumentAppendix of Additional Survey Results PDF Document | 2013-2014 Annual Focused Goals PDF Document  |  2013-2014 Annual Focused Goals: Outcomes, Activities & Ownership PDF Document
January 14, 2014, Update

2013 Strategic Plan Academic Achievement Goals

Goal A1.1: By 2014, 95% of students in grades 3-8 will be on grade level as measured by the CSTs in ELA and Math.

Goal A1.2: By 2014, 85% of students in grades 3-8 will show one year’s progress or more in the grade level curriculum as measured by the CSTs in ELA and Math. 

Goal A2.1: By 2014, the percentage of graduates meeting the UC/CSU A-G course requirements will be 85% or better.

Goal A3.1: By 2014, the percent of students in grades 4-8 not-yet-proficient will be reduced by 50%.

Goal A3.2: By 2014, the percentage of underrepresented minority students who graduate meeting the UC/CSU A-G course requirements will be increased by 50% or more.

Revised June 2014