Palo Alto High School (Paly) Choice Programs | Middle School Application and Lottery Process

Application and Lottery Process

Parents of PAUSD students in the 5th grade of the current 2020-21 school year were sent an application, with instructions, via U.S. mail to the home address between February 1 and February 5. Applications and instructions were also available to download on this web page (no longer available as lottery is closed for 2020-21; check this page for 2021-22 lottery forms in February 2022).

The lottery for the 2021-2022 school year was done on March 3, 2021; review the statistics for the 2021-22 lottery in the Presentation: Middle School Choice Program 21-22 Lottery given at the that lottery meeting. Contact the main office of the school at which the Choice Program is located to ask about an application for inclusion on the 21-22 waitlist.

Parents of new students to PAUSD wishing their child be considered for the program must first complete the PAUSD registration process. Students entering the 2020-21 School Year, or registering for the 2021-22 year after March 3: Contact the school to determine current availability.

All applications were due to the Registration Services office no later than 4:00 p.m. on February 24, 2021 (email with application attached is preferred:; or dropped off at PAUSD district office at 25 Churchill between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday except holidays).

Each applicant can only apply to one Middle School Choice Program. Incoming students who will have a sibling in the same program during the same school year of attendance - known as concurrent siblings - will be granted priority placement, but an application for the incoming sibling MUST be submitted by the deadline.

Students who completed a PAUSD elementary language program must submit an application for a middle school Choice Program and will be given priority placement.

If the number of applicants for any program exceeds the available space, placement will be made through a lottery process which was held on March 3, 2021, 4:00 p.m. (public welcome to observe via Zoom:; parents are not required to be present during the lottery). If there is an insufficient number of applications for a program it may not be offered.

Haddee Team
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