To attend the Palo Alto Unified School District, a student must:

  1. Be at least five (5) years of age on or before September 1st of that academic calendar year.
  2. Reside on a full-time permanent basis (seven days and seven nights) within the boundaries of the District. For joint custody situations, please contact the Central Attendance Office.

Required original documents

  1. Child's birth certificate or passport
  2. One of the following original Parent/Guardian's Picture ID
    • Current California State Driver's License
    • Current California State ID Card
    • Valid Passport or Consulate Issued Picture ID
  3. Proof of Residency (Primary) – One of the following original documents with the parent/guardian's name and address
    • Homeowner: Property Tax Bill with parent/guardian's name and property address, indicating homeowner's exemption
    • Renter: Current Lease Agreement with Manager/Landlord's contact information. If the lease has expired and is now month-to-month, a letter from the manager/landlord indicating the parents are current residents is also required.
  4. Proof of Residency (Secondary) – One of the following original documents with the parent/guardian's name and address
    If you have not moved into your primary place of residence within the attendance area at the time of application, the secondary proof of residency must be provided within 45 days of the move in date.
    • Palo Alto or PG&E – Three Most Recent Months
    • Current DMV Vehicle Registration
  5. Immunization Records – Immunizations do not need to be complete at the time of application;however, they must be complete prior to the start of school. Effective for the 2016-17 school year immunization waivers will not be accepted for new students.
  6. Residency Declaration (Prefilled form provided at the end of online application)
  7. Home Language Survey (Prefilled form provided at the end of online application)

If... 

Transferring from another U.S. School

  1. Please complete the Request for Records form

High School 

  1. Official student transcript – Students entering the second semester of 9th grade, and 10th, 11th, or 12th grade. If transcript is in a language other than English, a professional translation must be attached. 

Individualized Education Program (IEP)

The Individualized Education Program (IEP) team determines the appropriate services, settings, and placement options for each student receiving special education services. Although the majority of students receiving special education services may be served at any school and participate without restriction in the general enrollment process, certain highly specialized services for particular disabilities with low incidence rates are not available at all school sites. Please provide a current copy of your child's most recent IEP and assessment at the time of registration. Special Education staff support the Central Attendance office and are available to assist families with the application process. Drop-in and scheduled appointments are available with coordinators. Please contact 650-833-4262 for more information and to schedule a meeting with staff if you have questions.

504 Plan

Students who are enrolling in PAUSD and have a current 504 Plan from another district can be served at any school and participate without restriction in the general enrollment process. Please provide a current 504 plan during this time so we can ensure that your child receives the appropriate supports and accommodations and can have a smooth transition to a new school.

Joint Custody

  1. Please provide custody documentation and contact the Central Attendance office.