• Hoover Elementary School
  • Ohlone Elementary School
  • Mandarin Immersion (located at Ohlone Elementary School)
  • Spanish Immersion (located at Escondido Elementary School)
  • Young Fives (located at Greendell School)

Application Process

ADMISSION TO ELEMENTARY CHOICE PROGRAMS FOR THE 2018-19 SCHOOL YEAR IS NOW CLOSED. Review the statistics of the 2018-19 school year application process in the 2018-19 Elementary School Lottery Presentation given at the March 7, 2018 lottery meeting. Contact the school for questions regarding placement on a waitlist.

Admission to Elementary Choice Programs is granted through a lottery system, and each school/program has its own process. Lottery application forms and information are available at each school’s main office.

Families interested in applying must do the following:

  1. Complete the PAUSD “Round 1" registration process for your child at Registration Services (25 Churchill Ave); Round 1 starts January 11, 2018 and ends February 16, 2018.
    (If applying mid-year, contact the Choice School for instructions.)
  2. Go to the website of the school hosting the Choice Program to get meeting/visit information and application instructions. You may apply to as many Choice Programs as you like.
  1. Bring the completed Choice School application, along with an Intradistrict Transfer Request form to the Choice School by the deadlines below:
    • Spanish Immersion application deadline: February 16, 3:00pm
    • Hoover school application deadline: February 28, 12:00pm
    • Ohlone school application deadline: February 28, 12:00pm
    • Mandarin Immersion application deadline: February 28, 12:00pm

Lottery Process

The lotteries for all programs will be held on March 7, 2018 at the Palo Alto Unified School District Office beginning at 9:00 a.m. in the order as they are listed above.  Parents are invited to observe the process. 

The lottery process selects students until all known available seats are filled. Each Choice School program will draw an additional twenty (20) names for waitlists. Names are placed on the waitlists in the order that they were drawn. The language immersion programs will each have two waitlists: one for students who test as being proficient in the program language, and one for English-speaking students.

Notification Process

Registration Services will notify families of children who are selected by the lottery process, via an email sent to the parent email addresses indicated on the Intradistrict Transfer Request. Families are responsible for providing accurate information on that form.

Families must reply to the notification email with their decision by March 14, 2018, 3:00pm. For any questions or concerns, contact Registration Services at RegistrationServices@pausd.org, or (650) 329-3707.

If the seat is accepted, the student’s seat at the neighborhood school is forfeited and the Choice Program school becomes the student’s “home/neighborhood” school. Any future school changes will require a new Intradistrict Transfer Request form.

If the Choice Program seat is refused, the student will be removed from the Choice Program list and the Choice Program application will be discarded. Students will be considered for enrollment for their neighborhood school based on the priority of their initial registration.

If Registration Services does not hear back from a family within 3 days of a deadline, the child’s name will be placed on the bottom of the waitlist.  The next family on the list will be offered the seat.

When vacancies arise in Choice Programs during the year, offers for admission are made first to siblings of attending students and then to students on the waitlist. As the waitlist empties, new names for the waitlist will be chosen through a subsequent lottery.

+
Hoover Elementary School

The Hoover approach to learning includes a balance of explicit direct instruction coupled with structured, student-centered activities that increase the depth of student learning and the complexity of their thinking. Student success is fostered through the clear articulation of academic expectations combined with differentiated support and the routine practice of effective communication skills and study habits. Staff and parents also collaborate to provide varied social and emotional learning experiences intended to support each child in realizing his/her full potential.

+
Ohlone Elementary School

Ohlone's open school philosophy focuses on developmental education. Classrooms emphasize open-ended activities, personalized instruction, and peer tutoring. Teachers facilitate academic, social, and emotional learning.

+
Mandarin Chinese Dual Immersion Program

The Mandarin Chinese Dual Immersion Program at Ohlone is designed to develop full bilingualism in both Mandarin and English. English-speaking students and native Mandarin speakers are taught together using Mandarin and English instruction to develop bilingual academic fluency. The program will begin in the fall of 2008 with two K-1 classes at Ohlone and will continue through fifth grade. The program aims to:

  • Develop bilingual proficiency and literacy in Mandarin and English
  • Promote academic achievement at or above grade level in both languages
  • Foster positive cross-cultural attitudes
+
Spanish Dual Immersion Program

The Spanish Dual Immersion Program at Escondido is designed to develop full bilingualism in both Spanish and English. English-speaking students and native Spanish speakers are taught together using Spanish and English instruction to develop bilingual academic fluency. The program begins in kindergarten and continues through fifth grade or middle school. The program aims to:

  • Develop bilingual proficiency and literacy in Spanish and English
  • Promote academic achievement at or above grade level in both languages
  • Foster positive cross-cultural attitudes
+
Young Fives

The Young Fives program at the Greendell school site is for children who are age eligible for kindergarten but are not ready to enter kindergarten. The program is designed for children who exhibit signs of immaturity or youngness that may prevent them from succeeding in kindergarten and future school years. Parents participate one day a week in the classroom and attend monthly discussion sessions in the evening. Parents apply for the program and the children are selected based on an observational screening process.