5.a Public Education
Palo Alto Unified School District (PAUSD) is one of the top districts in the United States and it
serves 12,000 students.
The District consists of twelve K- 5 elementary schools, three middle schools (grades 6- 8) and two high schools (grades 9 -12).
J.L.S., Jordan and Termanare are the three middle schools within the School District.
Most of the students from Palo Alto attend either, Gunn High School or Palo Alto High School.
The District also operates a pre-school, Summer School, a Young Fives program, a self-supporting Adult School, and the Hospital School at Stanford’s Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital.
5.b Private Education
There are plenty of options in terms of private education in Palo Alto. Some of the institutions are faith-based Jewish schools, Catholic schools, Christian schools, as well as other several independent schools that are non-denominational.
The Children’s School of Art and Science, Emerson School, Keys School, St, Elizabeth Seton, Bowman International School, and the Girl’s Middle School are some of the best private institutions in Palo Alto.
Two renowned universities are located in the City: Stanford University and Palo Alto University.
The Palo Alto City Library manages five branches: the Children’s Library, College Terrace Library, Downtown Library, Mitchell Park Library and Rinconada Library.
In total, the library system have 265, 000 items in their collections for use of the entire community.
These libraries also offer a wide array of services for residents and visitors, including persons with disabilities.
A Sign Language Interpreter, help with handling library materials, large print books & magazines, books-on-tape and books-on-CD, Library Home Connection (that provides a visit and delivery of library materials to people who cannot get to the library because of an extended illness or long term disabilities.), and several electronic resources are some of the services specially designed for this sector of the population.