In a city that prides itself on problem-solving, we have yet to solve our opportunity gap.

Palo Alto is home to one of the highest performing school districts in California. But for two decades, there has been a persistent achievement gap. Over 1,100 low-income students attend our Palo Alto schools, many of whom are from Spanish-speaking households without a college-educated parent. In a high-stakes, fast-paced academic environment where most students’ parents have high incomes and advanced degrees, it's no wonder that our low-income students struggle to keep up with their more privileged peers.

 
 

PARENT EDUCATION Gap

Parents with a College Degree

Only 5% of DreamCatchers parents have a bachelor's degree, compared to 95% of Palo Alto parents overall.

 
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STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT Gap

Students Performing at Grade Level

Fewer than 40% of low-income Palo Alto students are at grade level, compared to nearly 90% of their more privileged peers. 

 
 

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