To register a new student with the Palo Alto Unified School District, a parent/guardian must follow the below steps. (DO NOT go through this process if you have a student currently attending a Palo Alto school; current students are re-registered via the Annual Data Update process; parents will receive an email with instructions in the spring of each year.)

ALERT: Parents must be currently living full-time in a dwelling within PAUSD boundaries; owning a home, but not living in it (either because it is being renovated or otherwise occupied by non-family members) does not qualify as residency per California state law. Future residents can register two weeks prior to the move-in date.​​​​

Step 1: Complete an Online Registration application (takes approximately 30 minutes to complete) by clicking on the below box. Make sure to choose the correct school year for which you want to register your child. 

Step 2: Gather all required documents. Note that THREE residency documents are required in addition to several other documents. Do not proceed to step 3 if you have not completed an Online Registration, or if you do not have all required documents. Contact Registration Services for any questions or concerns.

Step 3: DURING SCHOOL CLOSURE DUE TO COVID-19: Scan all documents from Step 2 and email them to Registrations will be conditionally accepted; once our offices re-open, parents will be required to bring all documents to an in-person visit described in the next sentence. (The following process will be in place after schools re-open: Finish registration with an in-person visit to the Registration Services office at 25 Churchill Ave. Students are not required to be present at the appointment, but are welcome to attend with parent supervision. All visits completed by 4:00 p.m. on February 12, 2020 have equal priority for school placement consideration. All registrations completed after February 12, 2020 are prioritized based on registration completion date.

  • Walk-ins are accepted, but to avoid possible long lines book an appointment (recommended). Last appointment accepted is at 3:30 p.m., except on Tuesdays when the last applointment is at 2:30 p.m.
  • Bring all original documents listed in item 2 above for inspection and verification. Visit cannot start unless all required documents are available. 
  • Appointment will take approximately 30 minutes for one child, 45 minutes for two children, and 60+ minutes for 3 or more children.

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