Palo Alto Unified School District (PAUSD) Admission Board Policy (BP 5111/AR 5111) is to place students in the grade corresponding to their birth date for kindergarten. For all other grades, students are placed in the grade corresponding to their birth date, or in the grade corresponding to work successfully completed in prior grades with supporting evidence.

Please consult the Grade Placement By Birth Date chart (below) to determine the grade corresponding to the birth date listed on your student’s identification you will be providing at the registration appointment (birth certificate or passport).

If the grade listed in the below chart is different from that prescribed by your student’s current or past school grade, parents must bring evidence (English translation) to the registration appointment of successful grade completion, or existing grade enrollment, from previous schools (such as a report card, or an existing enrollment report, or transcripts, etc.). Grade placement will be determined based on the best interest of the student and will consider social-emotional development, english language skills, length of stay in PAUSD, etc.

If no evidence is provided, your student will be placed in the grade listed in the below chart at the time of registration. Any subsequent grade change must be discussed with the PAUSD school in which your child is enrolled after registration.

All school records must be submitted with an accompanying professionally-translated version.

High school students entering the second semester of 9th grade, or entering 10th, 11th, or 12th grades, must submit an official student transcript from the previous school, with a professionally English-translated version included.

Grade Placement By Birth Date
Birth Date Range Grade, 2018-2019 School Year Grade, 2019-2020 School Year
09/02/2014 to 12/02/2014 not applicable TK
09/02/2013 to 09/01/2014 TK: 9/2/2013 - 12/2/2013 KN
09/02/2012 to 09/01/2013 KN 1
09/02/2011 to 09/01/2012 1 2
09/02/2010 to 09/01/2011 2 3
09/02/2009 to 09/01/2010 3 4
10/02/2008 to 09/01/2009 4 5
11/02/2007 to 10/01/2008 5 6
12/03/2006 to 11/01/2007 6 7
12/03/2005 to 12/02/2006 7 8
12/03/2004 to 12/02/2005 8 9
12/03/2003 to 12/02/2004 9 10
12/03/2002 to 12/02/2003 10 11
12/03/2001 to 12/02/2002 11 12


Please contact Registration Services with any questions:; (650) 329-3707.