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. 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).
- Grades 1 - 12: 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.).
- Kindergarten: Students with a birth date that qualifies them for a kindergarten enrollment, but who will have already completed a year of public or private kindergarten instruction in the U.S., may be enrolled in 1st grade at parent's request and upon presentation of supporting documentation. All other students, including international kindergarten students, will be placed by age only.
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.
Please contact Registration Services with any questions: RegistrationServices@pausd.org; (650) 329-3707.