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 the state of California. But for over 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, and in a community where most 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.


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. 

Parent Education Gap

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Parents with a College Degree

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