Palo Alto Unified School District continues to experience high enrollment, and strives to place all students in their neighborhood school. When a school is full, students will be placed in the next-closest school that has availability. Palo Alto Unified School District makes every effort to verify residency, to insure we are serving residents of Palo Alto equitably and fairly. 

Students are placed in the order of Registration Completion date. The Registration Completion date is established when all original documents are provided by current residents in person to the Registration Services office, and verified by the Registration Services office. Please note that if you are not a current resident at the time of registration, but have documentation showing residency at a future date, your Registration Date will be time and date stamped based on the date that you become a resident.

Click here for more information on school placement.

Register for the Current 2017-18 School Year

Registration for the current 2017-2018 school year can be done at any time; however Palo Alto Unified district administrator strongly encourage students to start at the beginning of the semester. Semester 2 for grades K-8 starts January 8, 2018; and January 9, 2018 for grades  9-12.

First understand Registration Requirements and gather all necessary original documents. Then start the registration process by logging into the On-Line Registration portal and completing and submitting all information. (Registration Services has a computer for public use if needed.) Finally complete the registration with an in-person to the District Office; walk-ins are accepted but to avoid possible long lines, booking an appointment is recommended ("Book Appointment" button is here). 

Register for the 2018-19 School Year

The first opportunity to register for the 2018-2019 school year, called "Round 1", is from January 11, 2018 through February 16, 2018. No registrations for the 2018-2019 school year are accepted before that date. All registrations that are complete will be date and time-stamped February 16, 2018. Round 1 accepts registrations from current residents only. If you are not a current resident, registrations are accepted 3 weeks prior to the date residency is established.

First understand Registration Requirements and gather all necessary original documents. Then on or after Jan 11, 2018, start the registration process by logging into the Online Registration portal and completing and submitting all information. (Registration Services has a computer for public use if needed.) Finally complete the registration with an in-person to the District Office; walk-ins are accepted but to avoid possible long lines, booking an appointment, starting on December 11, 2017, is recommended ("Book Appointment" button is here). 

Round 2: February 19, 2018 and beyond

All registrations completed on or after February 19, 2018 are date and time stamped based upon date of residency first, then by the date a registration is complete which is when all original documents are provided in person to the Registration Services office, and verified by the Registration Services office.

First understand Registration Requirements and gather all necessary original documents. Then on or after Jan 11, 2018, start the registration process by logging into the Online Registration portal and completing and submitting all information. (Registration Services has a computer for public use if needed.) Finally complete the registration with an in-person to the District Office; walk-ins are accepted but to avoid possible long lines, booking an appointment, starting on December 11, 2017, is recommended ("Book Appointment" button is here). 

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Elementary School Information

Kindergarten Information Meetings

  • January 10, 2018 at 7:00pm at Walter Hays Elementary in the MP Room
  • February 1, 2018 at 7:00pm at Palo Verde Elementary in the MP Room
  • Translation will be provided at both events
  • All neighborhood schools (except Ohlone and Hoover) will have Kindergarten visitation day on February 23, 2018. Please check with your neighborhood school for time and location.

Choice School/Program Information Meetings

Hoover Elementary

  • Parent Information Nights – January 24 and February 13, 2018, 6:30pm - 8:00pm (adults only)
  • Open House - February 8, 2018
  • New Family Orientation - April 24, 2018, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
  • February (date TBD) – Lottery Cards Due
  • March 7, 2018 – Lottery
  • March 14, 2018 – Choice Program Parent Acceptance Deadline (Registration Services office, 25 Churchill Ave)

Ohlone Elementary

  • Information Meeting – January 23, 2018 at 8:30am and February 6, 2018 at 7:00pm in MP Room
  • Visitation Dates (various, Jan/Feb 2018):  Please check Ohlone website for more info in December
  • February 28, 2018, 12:00pm – Lottery Cards Due
  • March 7, 2018 – Lottery
  • March 14, 2018 – Choice Program Parent Acceptance Deadline (Registration Services office, 25 Churchill Ave)

Mandarin Immersion (at Ohlone)

  • Information Meeting – January 23, 2018 at 7:00pm, Ohlone MP Room
  • Visitation Dates – Please check Ohlone website for more info in December
  • February 28, 2018, 12:00pm – Lottery Cards Due
  • March 7, 2018 – Lottery
  • March 14, 2018 – Choice Program Parent Acceptance Deadline (Registration Services office, 25 Churchill Ave)

Spanish Immersion (at Escondido)

  • Information Night – January 22, 2018, 7:00pm – 8:30pm, English Speakers in Library / Spanish Speakers in Room 13
  • Kinder Visitation Days – February 5 & 6, 2018 and  February 12 & 13, 2018, 9:00 to 9:45am in SI Classrooms and Library (Lottery Cards will be given after tours)
  • Testing for Spanish-fluent and Bilingual students Dates – by appointment from February 16 through March 2, 2018
  • February 16, 2018 - Lottery Cards Due (drop at main office)
  • March 7, 2018 – Lottery
  • March 14, 2018 – Choice Program Parent Acceptance Deadline (Registration Services office, 25 Churchill Ave)

Young Fives (Greendell)

  • Tours – Register for tours beginning November 1, 2017
  • Applications available after families complete a tour
  • Observation Day – February 16, 2018

Voluntary Transfer Program Orientation and Registration

  • Orientation:  January 18, 2018 at 5:30pm, 25 Churchill Ave (District Office)
  • Registration Begins:  February 1 – February 28, 2018, 25 Churchill Ave (District Office)
  • Elementary School Placement Meeting:  March 22, 2018 at 5:30pm, 25 Churchill Ave (District Office)

First Day of Elementary School: August 14, 2018

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Middle School Information

Middle School General Information Meetings: January 25, 2018 at 7:00pm at Each Middle School

Middle School Visits (Fifth Graders Only): May 10, 2018 from 10:30am to 12:00pm

Middle School Choice Program Information Meetings:

  • Jordan – Spanish Immersion/Mandarin Immersion – February 6, 2018 at 7:00pm
  • Terman – Direct Instruction – February 7, 2018 at 6:00pm
  • JLS – Connections – February 5, 2018 at 7:00pm

Middle School Choice Program Applications Due: February 20, 2018

Middle School Choice Program Lottery & Notification: February 28, 2018

Middle School Choice Program Parent Acceptance Deadline: March 7, 2018

First Day of Middle School: August 14, 2018

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High School Information

High School Counselors Distribute Course Catalogs to 8th Graders at the Middle Schools:

  • JLS: Gunn and Paly counselors on February 5 & 6, 2018
  • Terman: Gunn counselors on February 7 & 8, 2018; Paly counselors on February 12, 2018
  • Jordan: Paly counselors on February 7 & 8, 2018; Gunn counselors on February 12, 2018

High Schools hold Registration Meetings at the Middle Schools:

  • JLS: Gunn and Paly counselors on February 27 & 28, 2018
  • Terman: Gunn counselors on February 22 & 23, 2018; Paly counselors on February 26, 2018
  • Jordan: Paly counselors on February 22 & 23, 2018; Gunn counselors on February 26, 2018

8th Grade Parent Information Nights: January 31, 2018, 7:00 - 8:30pm at Each High School

Course Selection Workshops: February 7, 2018, 7:00pm at Each High School

First Day of High School: August 13, 2018