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Khan Lab School sets sights on Palo Alto space for K-8 students

Nonprofit's proposal would bring an estimated 160 students to Cowper Street site later this year

Applied learning coordinator Jeremy Young works with the youngest group of children at Khan Lab School in Mountain View on Oct. 6, 2015. The nonprofit has proposed transferring K-8 classes to Palo Alto. Embarcadero Media file photo by Michelle Le.

In a move that would increase its enrollment, Khan Lab School in Mountain View is looking to bring its K-8 students to Palo Alto, a proposal that will be discussed at a virtual community meeting on Tuesday, June 15, at 7 p.m.

The nonprofit school has set its sights on 3223 Cowper St. near Loma Verde Avenue in the St. Claire Gardens neighborhood, where it's looking to share the 7.44-acre site with Our Lady of Rosary Church and Silicon Valley International School's preschool and kindergarten programs.

The move would be an upgrade from the school's current location in Mountain View, where it previously had about 30 students. It has since grown to almost 200 students, which breaks down to 142 children in the lower school and 47 at the high school level. The Villa Street campus lacks a play structure and a portion of the parking lot has been converted into outdoor space.

The migration won't happen unless the city approves Khan Lab's conditional use permit, which was submitted last month and is under review. The school estimates 160 students, 23 teachers and eight staff members will be on campus at the start of the 2021-22 school year. About 20 to 25 students would be added each year until the school hits its proposed student population of 262 students, a nearly 25% increase from its current enrollment limit of 210 students.

Khan Lab's review of the city records shows a school has operated on the Cowper Street property since the 1950s and the last conditional use permit for the site issued in 2007 allows for no more than 210 students. The school would hold classes at the site's current school buildings, where it plans to turn the space into 15 classrooms and make "minor changes to doorways and access points to improve ADA accessibility." The school also wants to make some modifications to a portion of the church's Dermody Center, which would turn into five "flexible shared teaching spaces" for science, technology, engineering, art and music instruction.

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The campus can accommodate the needed 40 parking spaces for every "teaching station" required by the city, according to the school's permit application.

Founded by Salman Khan, Khan Lab School operates year-round with six breaks that last one to two weeks long.

The public will have an opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback at the virtual meeting, which will be held on Zoom. Those wishing to join can do so at zoom.us/j/3349356938 or by dialing 669-900-9128 and using meeting ID 334 935 6938.

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Khan Lab School sets sights on Palo Alto space for K-8 students

Nonprofit's proposal would bring an estimated 160 students to Cowper Street site later this year

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Uploaded: Mon, Jun 14, 2021, 9:46 am

In a move that would increase its enrollment, Khan Lab School in Mountain View is looking to bring its K-8 students to Palo Alto, a proposal that will be discussed at a virtual community meeting on Tuesday, June 15, at 7 p.m.

The nonprofit school has set its sights on 3223 Cowper St. near Loma Verde Avenue in the St. Claire Gardens neighborhood, where it's looking to share the 7.44-acre site with Our Lady of Rosary Church and Silicon Valley International School's preschool and kindergarten programs.

The move would be an upgrade from the school's current location in Mountain View, where it previously had about 30 students. It has since grown to almost 200 students, which breaks down to 142 children in the lower school and 47 at the high school level. The Villa Street campus lacks a play structure and a portion of the parking lot has been converted into outdoor space.

The migration won't happen unless the city approves Khan Lab's conditional use permit, which was submitted last month and is under review. The school estimates 160 students, 23 teachers and eight staff members will be on campus at the start of the 2021-22 school year. About 20 to 25 students would be added each year until the school hits its proposed student population of 262 students, a nearly 25% increase from its current enrollment limit of 210 students.

Khan Lab's review of the city records shows a school has operated on the Cowper Street property since the 1950s and the last conditional use permit for the site issued in 2007 allows for no more than 210 students. The school would hold classes at the site's current school buildings, where it plans to turn the space into 15 classrooms and make "minor changes to doorways and access points to improve ADA accessibility." The school also wants to make some modifications to a portion of the church's Dermody Center, which would turn into five "flexible shared teaching spaces" for science, technology, engineering, art and music instruction.

The campus can accommodate the needed 40 parking spaces for every "teaching station" required by the city, according to the school's permit application.

Founded by Salman Khan, Khan Lab School operates year-round with six breaks that last one to two weeks long.

The public will have an opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback at the virtual meeting, which will be held on Zoom. Those wishing to join can do so at zoom.us/j/3349356938 or by dialing 669-900-9128 and using meeting ID 334 935 6938.

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Carol Scott
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Evergreen Park
on Jun 14, 2021 at 10:57 am
Carol Scott, Evergreen Park
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on Jun 14, 2021 at 10:57 am

While I can understand that some members of the adjacent residential areas may have some questions and concerns about this move, I hope a way to accommodate them can be found so that the Khan school can come to Palo Alto. The Khan Academy is an incredible organization that helps so many students who otherwise would not be able to experience a high level educational environment.


Justin Larrabee
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Los Altos
on Jun 14, 2021 at 12:00 pm
Justin Larrabee, Los Altos
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on Jun 14, 2021 at 12:00 pm
Butch Lindstrom
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another community
on Jun 14, 2021 at 1:03 pm
Butch Lindstrom, another community
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on Jun 14, 2021 at 1:03 pm
J Bivens
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Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 14, 2021 at 4:03 pm
J Bivens, Another Palo Alto neighborhood
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on Jun 14, 2021 at 4:03 pm

The Khan Lab School is not the same as Khan Academy. Same founder, different mission. Khan Academy brings education to people everywhere online, but Khan Lab School is a tiny elitist private school he opened for his own kids.


William Hitchens
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Mountain View
on Jun 14, 2021 at 5:06 pm
William Hitchens, Mountain View
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on Jun 14, 2021 at 5:06 pm

Highly qualified and intelligent students targeted by Khan DESERVE to get K-8 education that matches their highly advanced educational needs, just as "normal" and "other" students deserve such education. If public schools can't deal with advanced students, then Khan should be there to serve their highly special (as opposed to very low special) needs.

I needed highly advanced education in K-12 schools and was very badly taught by mediocre teachers in highly simplistic classes. It wasn't until I enrolled in a 1st rate university that I finally had the access to TRUE education that I needed to reach my full potential. I remember that as soon as I got to that University, I finally felt unbound by the mediocre strictures of "classes for the masses".

Let Khan take that role. They'll take a lot of pressure to perform off of PA (and my MV) schools.


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on Jun 15, 2021 at 9:29 am
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on Jun 15, 2021 at 9:29 am

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