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Important article about school enrollment buried in Around Town and copied here.

Original post made by Resident on Jan 4, 2013

GROWTH OR FLUKE? ... Seventy-six new students have enrolled in Palo Alto schools with a start date of Jan. 7 — the first day back after winter break. Last year that number was 42. "This is a 60 percent increase," noted Cathy Mak, the school district's business officer. Officials keep a close watch on enrollment numbers as they try to match new classroom space with the anticipated number of students. Luckily, Mak said, most of the newcomers will be accommodated in their neighborhood schools. However, "due to the number of new third-grade registrations, we have increased some of the classes to 24 to one" teacher. Before, the ratio was 23 students per teacher.

This is too important to leave buried. I will copy my comment also.

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Posted by Resident, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 4, 2013 at 7:42 pm

Posted by Resident, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood, 43 minutes ago

Tucked away in this article is some very interesting facts about new students starting in PAUSD in January. Normally we only think of new students at the beginning of the school year, but 76 new students (as opposed to 42 at the same time last year) shows how our schools are growing.

The article also mentions that the biggest impact is in 3rd grade where the ratio of 23 students to 1 teacher has changed to 24 students to 1 teacher

Posted by more to come, a resident of Meadow Park
on Jan 4, 2013 at 9:00 pm

expect more growth with...

1) families moving into PAUSD
2) parents and kids moving in with grandparents
3) parents lying about their addresses to attend PAUSD

Posted by Numbers, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 4, 2013 at 9:47 pm

Isn't that more like a 97 percent increase?

Posted by math is fun, a resident of Crescent Park
on Jan 5, 2013 at 12:02 am

42->76 is an 80% increase. Confusing the numerator with the denominator probably led to the 60% figure, since 42 is somewhat less than 60% of 76.

Posted by Parent, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 5, 2013 at 1:09 am

If we got rid of the EPA Tinsley program there would be less children.

Posted by Resident, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 5, 2013 at 7:23 pm

Whatever the percentage, the increase is large.

3rd grade classes are getting bigger too.

Posted by Parent, a resident of Duveneck School
on Jan 5, 2013 at 10:19 pm

We have overflow students at our school. What if there is an open spot at their neighborhood school? Do they have to go back to their neighborhood school? I see no point in making a student who lives in the neighborhood be overflowed elsewhere when there are students who should go back to their neighborhood school. What is the rule? There is the issue of increased traffic when students are driven from other neighborhoods versus walking/biking to school.

Posted by palo alto mom, a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jan 6, 2013 at 12:08 pm

Parent from Duveneck - Students are not forced to change schools once they are there, but they are given the choice of switching (I assume before a newly enrolled student). Students don't have to change schools even when they move, as long as they stay in the District.

Posted by wendy, a resident of Professorville
on Jan 7, 2013 at 2:55 pm

What happens is immigrant sends over grandparents who stay in a one room apartment and pretend that their "grandchild" lives with them (not so there is only one bed) so that they can get this through Gunn. Then the kid goes to cramming school, gets exams sent to them from China in another time zone, takes pictures of exams and emails them back to China and gets into Berkeley. Then those same
"grandparents" have another kid do the same. Its a racket. The school district is naive.

Posted by Neighbor, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 8, 2013 at 4:46 pm

In my neighborhood a house was purchased by a family in China and they simply installed their 15 year old freshman son in the house, no grandparents, no supervision of any kind. The student simply looked after himself and attended Gunn for 4 years. Since he graduated other oriental families has rented the house and their kids attend the PAUSD. This is all legal.

I wonder how many other high school students live alone in rented accommodation?

Posted by Mom, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 8, 2013 at 11:17 pm

Neighbor: Report that house now. I think it's child endangerment to leave a child living at home alone with no supervision. If it is continued to be allowed, word will get back to China and it will keep occuring.

I reported a house in our neighborhood and PAUSD followed up on it and kicked out the Caucasian renters and the Chinese family which was living in a larger house elsewhere had to move back into the house.

Here's the PAUSD attendance office you can anonymously report it to: or 650-329-3707

Palo Alto Unified School District
25 Churchill Avenue Palo Alto, CA 94306-1099

Posted by Mom, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 8, 2013 at 11:20 pm

Additional info not included in my post above is that the Chinese family was using the Palo Alto address so their children could attend PAUSD.

PAUSD takes these tips seriously and sends people to check up on the house.

Posted by kids camping out, a resident of Crescent Park
on Jan 9, 2013 at 9:12 am

According to high school teachers, the practice of sending a young teen to live by him/herself in Palo Alto while the parents remain in the mainland is widespread. Whether or not it achieves the objective of getting that child into Stanford/Cal, I do not know.

Posted by palo alto mom, a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jan 10, 2013 at 10:19 am

Is it legal for a child under 18 to live on their own?

Posted by Resident, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 19, 2013 at 3:20 pm

Without any data on race, the above posters assume the increase is due to immigrants, targeting Chinese. So, a supposedly highly educated community harbors racism.

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