The Class of 2016: complete coverage

Photos, audio, social media, lists and reporting on Palo Alto area high school graduations

Graduation ceremony coverage: In words and pictures

• Palo Alto High School: Paly grads celebrate individualism, spirit

More photos, social media posts about Paly

• Gunn High School: Gunn graduate's message: 'We are fighters'

More photos, social media posts about Gunn

Class of '16 profiles: Pursuing passion

Adele Bloch: The doer

Shawna Chen: The journalist

Claire Goldberg: The idealist

Matt O'Reilly: The actor

Nohely Peraza: The educator

Maritha Wang: The engineer

AUDIO: Hear from a dozen grads on what they've loved about high school, what they're looking forward to in life and whether Snapchat or Instagram rules.

Nayanika Kapoor, Castilleja School; Sharat Bodduluri, Gunn High; Addison Partida, Eastside College Prep; Alex Legenhausen, Gunn High

Mariah Poitier, Paly High; Masha Konkov, Paly; Lizzie Schoenholtz, Paly; Yajaira Vargas, Eastside College Prep

Katherine Moldow, Castilleja School; Emma Sternfield, Paly; Eva Stoneburner, Gunn; Michael Werer, Gunn

Lists of local high school graduates

Bellarmine College Preparatory

Castilleja School

East Palo Alto Phoenix Academy

Eastside College Preparatory School

Henry M. Gunn High School

Kehillah Jewish High School

Menlo School

Menlo-Atherton High School

Mid-Peninsula High School

Palo Alto High School

Palo Alto Preparatory

Pinewood School

Sacred Heart Preparatory

Saint Francis High School

Waldorf School of the Peninsula

Woodside Priory School

Social-media coverage and more photos of the Class of 2016

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Posted by Parent
a resident of Green Acres
on Jun 3, 2016 at 12:43 pm

Congratulations to All! Best wishes for a HAPPY, productive future! We are really proud of all of you - seriously, compared to the culture when I was a kid, I feel hope for the world when I see what conscientious and caring young adults are coming into their own today.

Hey, where are the homeschool and independent study students on the list? They do exist, there's even a prom for area homeschoolers in the Bay Area. There are now more homeschooling students in the US than charter school students, and there are charters above, Why the omission? Especially since the homeschool movement is growing in the Bay Area because of families pursuing independent educational paths when the schools fails their kids.

I recognize that a disproportionate number of homeschool students pursue accelerated paths to college, or are taking college level coursework, so they might be difficult to fit in the above framework, but a large segment still graduate from "high school" at the usual time, have transcripts, and are a part of the community. In fact, one of the hardest parts of homeschool is that the larger community tends to "count" only the kids in school and practically exclude homeschool kids when it comes to community activity, when the homeschool students are the ones who need wider connection from the community the most. Many of the homeschool kids homeschool through public charters or public school, not all by becoming homeschoolers on their own. Why not include students from Ocean Grove, Connecting Waters, and other major homeschool charters in the area? I think this is a major and unfortunate omission. We should celebrate ALL of our graduates.

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