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Closed Friday, Nov. 17, 2017

Welcome to the Palo Alto Unified School District (PAUSD)!

Registration and enrollment in PAUSD schools involves three steps:

1) Understand residency requirements: Palo Alto Unified School District  (PAUSD) continues to experience high enrollment, and is committed to fulfilling its mission to providing high quality education to all its current residents. It is important for parents/guardians to understand the State of California's definition of residency: to be eligible for PAUSD enrollment, a student must be physically present and living full-time in a dwelling within PAUSD boundaries at the time of registration; and to remain enrolled in a PAUSD school, a student must reside continuously within PAUSD boundaries. Owning a home, or working, within Palo Alto does not qualify as residency for the purpose of providing public education. (The above does not apply to students entering PAUSD as part of the Voluntary Transfer Program.)

A Residency Declaration form is required for all registrations; parents/guardians must complete and sign this form to declare, under penalty of perjury, that the student lives in a home that is within the boundaries of the Palo Alto Unified School District. PAUSD makes every effort to verify residency during, and after, registration, which includes carefully and closely investigating the authenticity of student residency when needed.

2) Review the Registration Dates page. All registrations must be completed with an in-person visit by a parent or guardian to the Registration Services office at the PAUSD District Office with all original documents (see item 3 below); partial documentation can not be accepted at the in-person visit.

3) Understand all Registration Requirements: Consult the Registration Requirements page for a detailed list of all documents and requirements prior to registration.

Careful attention is needed regarding IMMUNIZATIONS and TB: California and Santa Clara County laws require all students have complete immunizations and TB assessment (or test) before starting school. All immunizations must be up to date before a student can enter the PAUSD school in which the student is enrolled.

4) Start the Registration Process by going to the Online Registration page. After completing the Online Registration, make an appointment at the Registration Services office to complete the process.

If you have questions, contact us at or 650-329-3707.