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.
PARENT EDUCATION Gap
Only 5% of DreamCatchers parents have a bachelor's degree
STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT Gap
Fewer than 40% of low-income Palo Alto students are at grade level