To register a new student with the Palo Alto Unified School District, a parent/guardian must follow the below steps.

(Current students are re-registered via the Annual Data Update process; parents will receive an email with instructions in the spring of each year.)

MAKE SURE: Parents must be currently living full-time in a dwelling within PAUSD boundaries. 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 you do not have all required documents. Call Registration Services for any questions or concerns.

Step 3: 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.

  • Walk-ins are accepted, but to avoid possible long lines book an appointment (recommended). Last appointment accepted is at 3:30 p.m. The office closes at 4:00 p.m., and registration visits are not accepted after 3:30 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.