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90%
  • Herbert Hoover Elementary
  • 445 E. Charleston Rd., Palo Alto
  • Palo Alto Unified
  • Grades: KG - 5 · Students: 406
  • Student/Teacher ratio: 22:1
88%
  • Duveneck Elementary
  • 705 Alester Ave., Palo Alto
  • Palo Alto Unified
  • Grades: KG - 5 · Students: 482
  • Student/Teacher ratio: 21:1
88%
  • Palo Verde Elementary
  • 3450 Louis Rd., Palo Alto
  • Palo Alto Unified
  • Grades: KG - 5 · Students: 404
  • Student/Teacher ratio: 21:1
87%
  • El Carmelo Elementary
  • 3024 Bryant St., Palo Alto
  • Palo Alto Unified
  • Grades: KG - 5 · Students: 407
  • Student/Teacher ratio: 21:1
86%
  • Ohlone Elementary
  • 950 Amarillo Ave., Palo Alto
  • Palo Alto Unified
  • Grades: KG - 5 · Students: 605
  • Student/Teacher ratio: 21:1
86%
  • Fairmeadow Elementary
  • 500 E. Meadow Dr., Palo Alto
  • Palo Alto Unified
  • Grades: KG - 5 · Students: 548
  • Student/Teacher ratio: 22:1
84%
  • Walter Hays Elementary
  • 1525 Midfield Rd., Palo Alto
  • Palo Alto Unified
  • Grades: KG - 5 · Students: 521
  • Student/Teacher ratio: 19:1
84%
  • Jane Lathrop Stanford Middle School
  • 480 E. Meadow Dr., Palo Alto
  • Palo Alto Unified
  • Grades: 6 - 8 · Students: 1,107
  • Student/Teacher ratio: 17:1
82%
  • Juana Briones Elementary
  • 4100 Orme St., Palo Alto
  • Palo Alto Unified
  • Grades: KG - 5 · Students: 348
  • Student/Teacher ratio: 20:1
81%
  • Terman Middle School
  • 655 Arastradero Rd., Palo Alto
  • Palo Alto Unified
  • Grades: 6 - 8 · Students: 722
  • Student/Teacher ratio: 16:1
81%
  • David Starr Jordan Middle School
  • 750 N. California Ave., Palo Alto
  • Palo Alto Unified
  • Grades: 6 - 8 · Students: 1,103
  • Student/Teacher ratio: 16:1
81%
  • Palo Alto High
  • 50 Embarcadero Rd., Palo Alto
  • Palo Alto Unified
  • Grades: 9 - 12 · Students: 1,943
  • Student/Teacher ratio: 17:1
80%
  • Henry M. Gunn High
  • 780 Arastradero Rd., Palo Alto
  • Palo Alto Unified
  • Grades: 9 - 12 · Students: 1,897
  • Student/Teacher ratio: 18:1
78%
  • Addison Elementary
  • 650 Addison Ave., Palo Alto
  • Palo Alto Unified
  • Grades: KG - 5 · Students: 463
  • Student/Teacher ratio: 21:1
65%
  • Barron Park Elementary
  • 800 Barron Ave., Palo Alto
  • Palo Alto Unified
  • Grades: KG - 5 · Students: 338
  • Student/Teacher ratio: 18:1
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  • Packard Children's Hospital/stanford
  • 725 Welch Rd., Palo Alto
  • Palo Alto Unified
  • Grades: KG - 12 · Students: 40
  • Student/Teacher ratio: 10:1
n/a
  • Greendell
  • 4120 Midfield Rd., Palo Alto
  • Palo Alto Unified
  • Grades: KG - 5 · Students: 97
  • Student/Teacher ratio: 18:1
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Palo Alto school information

IndexPalo AltoCaliforniaNational
Average Test Scores82%38%49%
Student/Teacher ratio18:120:116:1
Total public schools178,30879,221
Total private schools143,43824,874
Total post-secondary schools51,0857,963
The Palo Alto, CA educational system consists of 17 public schools, 14 private schools and 5 post-secondary schools. Palo Alto public schools have average test scores of 82% which is 116% higher than than the California average and 68% higher than than the national average. The student to teach ratio of Palo Alto public schools is 18:1, compared to 20:1 in California and 16:1 across all of the United States. A total of 97.3% of students have completed 8th grade, 97.1% have completed high school, 80.0% have completed a bachelor’s degree and 22.3% have completed a doctorate degree.

Education level achieved in Palo Alto

IndexPalo AltoCaliforniaNational
Completed 8th grade97.3%81.1%84.3%
Completed high school97.1%79.8%83.0%
Completed some college91.8%61.5%59.4%
Completed associate degree83.8%39.8%38.5%
Completed bachelors80.0%32.0%30.3%
Completed masters51.5%11.9%11.5%
Completed professional degree22.3%3.9%3.3%
Completed doctorate13.8%1.6%1.3%

Palo Alto, CA School Districts

Palo Alto Unified School District

There are a total of 17 public schools, 14 private schools and 5 post-secondary schools in Palo Alto. Using the proficiency score averages, the average test scores for Palo Alto, CA schools is 82%. The average student to teacher ratio is 18:1. In Palo Alto, CA, an average of 97.3% of students have completed 8th grade and an average of 97.1% have completed high school.

To customize your list of Palo Alto schools, you can start by sorting the list of schools by proficiency test score, school name or student to teacher ratio. Then you can select the grade levels that you would like to see, these include preschool, elementary, middle school and high school. Next, select the school type from the following options: charter, magnet, title I and title 1. Finally, you are able to filter your results by average proficiency score. Simply select the minimum proficiency score that you would like to see and only schools with that proficiency score or higher will appear on your list of Palo Alto, CA schools.

Nearby cities with high average school scores

City, StatePopulationAvg. Test ScoresNational Avg.
Hillsborough, CA11,31287%76%
Cupertino, CA60,29786%75%
Los Altos, CA30,23886%75%
Los Altos Hills, CA8,37685%72%
Saratoga, CA30,83082%67%
Palo Alto, CA66,64982%68%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationAvg. Test ScoresNational Avg.
Portland, ME66,64939%20%
Camarillo, CA66,63048%3%
Woodbury, MN66,69967%36%
South San Francisco, CA66,58743%12%
Oshkosh, WI66,71347%5%
Palo Alto, CA66,64982%68%
Source: The Palo Alto, CA education data displayed above is derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS) and from the National Center for Education Statistics. The average school test scores are based on all schools that completed test scores within the state. Average test scores are conducted by each state independently and the type of tests may change from one state to another. Test scores were not available for all schools within the state, but were available for the vast majority.
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