Mobile/Tablet Menu

Desktop Menu

Search Container

Elementary Education

Palo Alto Unified School District (PAUSD) has a long-standing commitment to educating the whole child. Our curriculum is designed to help students develop intellectually, physically, emotionally, ethically, aesthetically, and socially. We encourage students to become active, engaged learners and responsible citizens. At each grade level our teachers challenge students and help them achieve academic and intellectual competencies. We have 12 elementary schools including 4 choice schools and programs to engage students at all learning levels.


Students receive instruction in reading-language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, visual and performing arts, and physical education. The District has adopted the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in mathematics and English Language Arts.

Curriculum Summaries

Other Curriculum Information

Instruction Materials


In addition to using Benchmark Advance (K-5) and Ready to Advance (TK/Y5s), published by Benchmark Education, teachers also use a variety of leveled books at students' independent and instructional reading levels.


Teachers draw from a variety of materials however the most commonly used materials are units of study in opinion, information, and narrative writing published by Teachers College Reading & Writing Project at Columbia University.


Bridges in Mathematics, 2nd edition, published by the Math Learning Center.

Social Studies

Social Studies Alive!, published by Teachers' Curriculum Institute.


Twig Science, published by Twig Education.