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AP Exam Schedule 2017

Week 1 Morning — 8am Afternoon — 12pm  
Monday, May 1 Chemistry Psychology
Environmental Science
Tuesday, May 2 Computer Science A Art History
Spanish Language and Culture
Wednesday, May 3 English Literature and Composition Japanese Language and Culture
Thursday, May 4   Chinese Language and Culture
Friday, May 5 United States History  
Studio Art — Last day for Coordinators to submit digital portfolios (by 8pm ET) and to gather 2-D Design and Drawing students for physical portfolio assembly. Teachers should have forwarded students' completed digital portfolios to Coordinators before this date.


Week 2 Morning — 8am Afternoon — 12pm Afternoon — 2pm
Monday, May 8 Biology Physics C: Mechanics Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism
Music Theory  
Tuesday, May 9 Calculus AB French Language and Culture
Calculus BC Spanish Literature and Culture
May 10
May 11


Questions: Contact Kathie Laurence,

Food Drive April 10-28

Paly’s Annual Food Drive is a great chance to support our community’s local organization Neighbors Helping Neighbors and throw food at our teachers!

The drive will last three weeks. Donate cans to your THIRD PERIOD classes for a chance to win pizza, donuts or cookies.

During the second week, we will also be hosting games on the quad on Tuesday and Thursday. Come out to throw pies and sponges at staff by donating cans!


Paly Insider - Spring 2017

From the classroom to the field, from the stage to the Student Center, from the office to the Wellness Center, we welcome you to Palo Alto High School.

View the Spring 2017 Paly Insider here

College Admissions Panel - Thurs., Mar. 16 - 7 pm @ Haymarket Theater

Paly College and Career Center and Paly PTSA is hosting a college panel for the Paly Community.  What are colleges really looking for when they evaluate candidates for admission? Come to this informative event and find out! We have invited Admissions representatives from 6 different institutions to join our panel so that our families can learn about how admission decisions are made at different types of institutions. Topics covered will include - GPA, Standardized testing, Extracurricular activities, Recommendations, Essays, and Financial aid.  More info:

Students and parents are welcome to attend.  Tickets are limited, please register here: 

Questions?  Please contact Adrianne Shih, Diana Pang or Jake Wellington

2017 AP Exam Registration Information

AP exams are offered for subjects taught in our AP program at PALY.
Check the College Board website
for alternative exam locations for any exam PALY does not offer.

***** Please note that due to space constraints, Palo Alto High School will be unable to accommodate non-PAUSD students for AP World Languages and Music Theory. *****

Click here to register

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Madrigal Feaste- Dec 3 and 4

Join us Dec. 3rd or 4th 2pm in the PAC for this annual Winter feaste!  New building, new food, new script.  Great for families, parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles.   Special staff pricing.  Tickets are as low $25 for staff and $15 for students.

Paly Glass Sale Dec 2 and Dec 3

Shop Paly Glass for Holiday Gifts @ the Fiery Arts Winter Glass Sale
Fri, Dec. 2nd, 3-6:00pm
Sat, Dec. 3rd, 11am-4pm
INSIDE the Administration/Tower Bldg
50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto.

Exquisite Paly-designed decorative and functional handblown glass. PALY GLASS is a triple win - they make impressive & memorable gifts, your proceeds benefit Paly's Sculpture classes and there's easy parking.

The glass is hand made by instructors, alums, and students. It is our last public sale for the school year to fund the program. Free demonstrations, hot apple cider and cookies too.

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New for Students- Log into Infinite Campus through ID portal

The separate username and password for Infinite Campus is now gone for STUDENTS.

Infinite Campus has been added to the "ID" portal single sign-on.

Log into "ID" and click on Infinite Campus. No additional password is needed.

If your old Infinite Campus password was different than your "ID" password, that old password will no longer work. Use your "ID" password to log into the Infinite Campus App.

PARENT logins are unchanged.

Presentation from 8th Gr. Rising Parent Info Night - Oct 4

Updated October 5: Link to Presentation

Tuesday, October 4th 7pm @ Performing Arts Center
Principal Kim Diorio and other school staff will give you insight on the school (academics, sports, guidance, student activities and more!) and what you can look forward to in this new chapter. Two current Paly parents will share what they wish they had known and tips for a smooth transition. Questions will be collected on site for a Q&A session at the end.
Open to all current 8th grade parents, this evening event is hosted by PiE and replaces their former fall high school tour. No reservations needed.

Deadline for yearbook senior portraits and parent baby ads is October 13.

Senior portraits can be taken by any professional photographer (there are plenty of good ones in the Palo Alto area!), or can be taken by one of our yearbook students on the quad (September 27 and September 29 from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM). If you have not yet made an appointment with a photographer, you should definitely do that sooner rather than later. You can find more info and get our specifications sheet on the yearbook website:
As for baby ads, you can submit photos/message/form/payment to Mr. Wilson’s mailbox in the main office. We will also have two parent work sessions, where you can bring all of your materials, get photos scanned, and go over a design plan with one of our yearbook students. These will be held open-house style on October 6 and October 11, from 12:30 until approximately 5:30. These are drop-in times; plan on anywhere from 10-30 minutes depending on how detailed you want to get. Again, you can find the form and more detailed info at
Please feel free to email Madrono Yearbook Adviser Brian Wilson at if you have any questions!

New York Times Available Unlimited Access on All Devices

Unlimited access to the New York Times is available to the Paly community. Simply go to  nytimes/passes  and make an account using a PAUSD issued email address.  The account is good for one year. 

Summer Counseling Resources

Family and Children’s Services offers individual and family counseling.
They can be reached at (650) 326-6576.
These services can be offered on a sliding fee schedule.

Adolescent Counseling Services offeres individual and family counseling.
They can be reached at (650) 424-0852.
These services can be offered on a sliding fee schedule.

Asian Americans for Community Involvement offers individual and family counseling.
They can be reached at (408) 975-2735.
These services can be offered on a sliding fee schedule.

If you have any questions or cannot afford any of the above services, contact the Student Services Office at (650) 833-4208 or

Below you will also find links to various websites that may be helpful for families in addressing the topic of sexual abuse.

For a more comprehensive list of resources, go to Counseling and Crisis Resources

Swim Team members add titles at State Meet

The Swim Teams wrapped up an amazing 2016 season at the State Meet this weekend and added to their collection of titles.

Paly Swim and Dive STATE TITLES  in

  1. Girls Diving - Mimi Lin
  2. Girls 200 medley relay - Zoe Lusk, grace Zoe, Katie Francis, Claire Lin
  3. Girls 200 free relay - grace Zhao, Zoe Lusk, Payton wang and claire Lin
  4. Boys 200 free style - Alex Liang
  5. Boys 500 free style - Alex Liang


  • The girls swim/dive team was 2nd in the STATE.
  • The Boys swim/dive team was 4th in the STATE

Paly Math Students do it again!

The team of Paly students who last year won the 17th Annual National High School Mathematical Contest in Modeling (HiMCM) and represented the US in the 1st International Math Modeling Contest,  Kathryn Li, Kangrong (Allison) Zhang, Eric Foster and Andrew Lee DID IT AGAIN this year!

Click the link below to see the official announcement:



May events in the new Performing Arts Center

Although the Grand Opening is not until October, band and choir students will have their year-end concerts in the new Performing Arts Center:

May 12 7pm Paly Instrumental Concert including Jazz Band
May 18th 7pm Theater 1-4H Showcase
May 19th 7pm Choir Small Ensemble Concert

There will be no concert on May 9th.   The May 9th Jazz Band Concert has been combined with the 12th Concert.  Thanks to Jeff and the musicians for being flexible.

Support the arts at Paly.

Click here for more information about the Performing Arts Center.