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New Student Registration

To register a new student with the Palo Alto Unified School District, find the section below that corresponds to the school year desired (current 2020-2021 school year, or 2021-2022 school year), and follow the steps listed in that section. (Current students are re-registered via the Annual Data Update process; parents will receive an email with instructions in the spring of each year.)

NOTE: Registrations are accepted only for current residents. Future residents can register two weeks prior to the move-in date.

Registration for current school year 2020-2021: THREE STEPS

  1. Step 1: Complete an Online Registration application (takes approximately 30 minutes to complete) by clicking on the following link: Online Registration for 2020-2021 School Year
  2. Step 2: Gather all documents listed at the Required Documents web page. Do not proceed to step 3 if you have not completed an Online Registration, or if you do not have all required documents. Call Registration Services for any questions or concerns (see below).
  3. Step 3: Provide all documents gathered in Step 2 to the PAUSD Registration Services office. Parents have two options:

A. REMOTE registration: all required documents are submitted electronically:

  • Scan-to-PDF preferred but will accept JPEG-photos
  • Documents with multiple pages, such as lease agreements or immunization cards/books, must be in ONE file; for instance, if a lease agreement is 12 pages, all 12 pages must be included in ONE file
  • Attach electronic files of all required documents in an email to RegistrationServices@pausd.org. Attachments that are in non-compliant file formats, or that are unclear, will be sent back to the parent for correction.

OR:

B. IN PERSON registration: Bring all required documents to a  PAUSD Registration Services office appointment; to make an appointment, call (650) 329-3707. All appointments are at the 25 Churchill Ave location, Monday through Friday starting at 8:30 a.m. with the last appointment of the day at 3:30 p.m.

  • Please limit family members present at the appointment to one parent and no children; all persons must wear a mask.
  • PAUSD offices comply with Santa Clara County Public Health Department COVID-19 mandatory directives.

After completing Steps 1, 2, and 3 above, parent will be sent an email confirmation and next steps for school placement. For details on the school placement process, please visit the School Placement web page.

Please contact Registration Services with any questions or call (650) 329-3707.

Registration for school year 2021-2022 (Opens on January 4, 2021):

Parents have two options: REMOTE registration or IN-PERSON registration. REMOTE registrations require parents to comply with the below requirements for creating electronic documents:

  • Scan-to-PDF preferred but will accept JPEG-photos
  • Documents with multiple pages, such as lease agreements or immunization cards/books, must be in ONE file; for instance, if a lease agreement is 12 pages, all 12 pages must be included in ONE file

If parent/guardian can comply with the above requirements for creation of electronic documents, please follow the following instructions for REMOTE registrations. Otherwise, please follow the instructions at the bottom for IN PERSON registrations.

REMOTE registrations: TWO STEPS

  1. Step 1: Gather all documents listed at the Required Documents web page, and create electronic files of all required documents that comply with the above formatting requirements.
  2. Step 2: Complete an Online Registration application, which will require parent to upload the documents created in Step 1 (takes approximately 45 minutes to complete), by clicking on the following link (available on January 4, 2021): Online Registration for 2021-2022 School Year

After completing Steps 1 and 2 above, parent will be sent an email confirmation and next steps for school placement. For details on the school placement process, please visit the School Placement web page.

Please contact Registration Services with any questions or call (650) 329-3707.

IN-PERSON Registration: THREE STEPS

  1. Step 1: Complete an Online Registration application (takes approximately 30 minutes to complete) by clicking on the following link: (available on January 4, 2021): Online Registration for 2021-2022 School Year
  2. Step 2: Gather all documents listed at the Required Documents web page. Do not proceed to step 3 if you have not completed an Online Registration, or you do not have all required documents. Call Registration Services for any questions or concerns (see below).
  3. Step 3: Bring all required documents to a  PAUSD Registration Services office appointment; click on the following link to make an appointment (available January 4, 2021). All appointments are at the 25 Churchill Ave location, Monday through Friday starting at 8:30 a.m. with the last appointment of the day at 3:30 p.m.
  • Please limit family members present at the appointment to one parent and no children; all persons must wear a mask.
  • PAUSD offices comply with Santa Clara County Public Health Department COVID-19 mandatory directives.

After completing Steps 1, 2, and 3 above, parent will be sent an email confirmation and next steps for school placement. For details on the school placement process, please visit the School Placement web page.

Please contact Registration Services with any questions or call (650) 329-3707.