The Girls' Middle School, which has operated out of a Mountain View church since its founding 12 years ago, is seeking to move to the Palo Alto baylands.
The school has applied for a conditional use permit, saying it intends to lease and convert an office building across from the Palo Alto Golf Course to classroom space for its enrollment of 153 girls, grades six through eight.
In e-mails to the City Council this month, Palo Alto residents with daughters enrolled at the independent school praised its "'break-the-girl-stereotype' curriculum" that includes science, technology, entrepreneurship, robotics and design.
In urging the city to approve the use permit, John and Debbie Eastburn wrote, "Palo Alto should be begging GMS to relocate here."
Architects said the school would maintain the existing facade of the building, at 1880 Embarcadero Road, and that the carpool traffic generated would be less than that drawn by the building's current designation as an office.
"Because the school's parking needs are less intense than an office use, a portion of the existing parking lot will be converted to blacktop ball courts, a small organic garden and an open-air lawn area for outdoor eating," architect Clare Malone Prichard said in a June letter to the Palo Alto Planning Department.
GIrls' Middle School currently leases space from St. Athanasius Church at 160 N. Rengstorff Ave., Mountain View.