Palo Verde Elementary School

  • Palo Verde Elementary School serves 389 students in grades Kindergarten-5.
  • The percentage of students achieving proficiency in Math is 85% (which is higher than the California state average of 38%) for the 2016-17 school year. The percentage of students achieving proficiency in Reading/Language Arts is 80% (which is higher than the California state average of 48%) for the 2016-17 school year.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 20:1 is lower than the California state level of 23:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 62% of the student body (majority Asian), which is lower than the California state average of 76%.

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School Overview

  • Palo Verde Elementary School's student population of 389 students has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
  • The teacher population of 19 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
Grades OfferedGrades Kindergarten-5
Total Students389 students
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Total Classroom Teachers19 teachers
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School Comparison

  • Palo Verde Elementary School's student:teacher ratio of 20:1 has decreased from 21:1 over five school years.
  • The diversity score of Palo Verde Elementary School is 0.68, which is more than the diversity score at state average of 0.64. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
Definition of Terms 2016-2017 School Year DataThis SchoolState Level (CA)
Overall School Rank#204 out of 9,595 schools
(Top 5%)
Math Test Scores (% Proficient)
85%
38%
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Reading / Language Arts Test Scores (% Proficient)
80%
48%
This chart display the percentage of students that scored at or above 'proficient' levels in Reading/Language Arts of Palo Verde Elementary School and the percentage of public school students that scored at or above 'proficient' levels in Reading/Language Arts of California by year, with the latest 2016-17 school year data.
Student : Teacher Ratio20:123:1
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Asian
40%
11%
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Hispanic
8%
54%
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Black
n/a
6%
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White
38%
24%
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Hawaiian
n/an/a
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Two or more races
14%
4%
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All Ethnic GroupsThis chart display the percentage breakdown of students of all ethnic groups in Palo Verde Elementary School.This chart display the percentage breakdown of public school students of all ethnic groups in CA.
Diversity Score0.680.64
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Eligible for Free Lunch
3%
49%
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Eligible for Reduced Lunch
1%
9%
This chart display the percentage of students who is eligible for reduced lunch in Palo Verde Elementary School and the percentage of public school students who is eligible for reduced lunch in California by year, with the latest 2016-17 school year data.
School Statewide TestingView Education Department Test Scores
School District NamePalo Alto Unified School District
Source: 2016-2017 (latest school year available) NCES, CA Dept. of Education

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The school has a very opaque method of determining the teachers for its students. While the school maintains that they try to achieve a balance for each class and try to place the students based on their particular needs, the reality is that the placement is done primarily based on behind the scenes lobbying by the parents. The school officially maintains that such lobbying should not happen. The reality, though, is that the aggressive parents work diligently to make sure their child is placed with the 'better' teacher. Children whose parents who are less involved in school activities or choose to play by the rules are grouped into the less popular teachers. This is a long tradition at this school, and the select group of parents, the management, and the teachers are all partners in this together. Externally, everyone maintains that classroom placement is done by the book. The reality is quite obviouse to everyone, including the children. This is very sad, but I guess those who live in 'Shalow Alto' should learn to play by the alternate set of rules or leave town.
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