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Palo Alto Preparatory School is a private high school in Palo Alto. The principal of Palo Alto Preparatory School is Mr. Christopher Keck. 60 students attend Palo Alto Preparatory School The student to teacher ratio at Palo Alto Preparatory School is 9:1. Achieve, Inc. School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Ceramics sculpture
    • Computer arts
    • Dance
    • Drawing painting
    • Photography
    • Theater drama
    • Video film production
  • Languages Taught

    • French
    • Italian
    • Japanese
    • Latin
    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • Crew
    • Golf
    • P.E. classes
    • Rock climbing
    • Softball
    • Tennis
    • Track
    • Ultimate Frisbee
    • Volleyball
    • Yoga

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (10 months ago)

    Our son is a bright and articulate child with no learning issues. However he was not happy in his public high school seemed bored unmotivated & certainly not performing to his full potential. He went to PAP as a sophomore & has really done well. The teachers at PAP are a wonderful group of caring educators. The small class size helped him in 2 ways. In math and science which are not his strongest subjects he has improved greatly as the teachers are able to devote the time it takes to make sure the kids fully understand the material. English and History are his strongest subjects and in this (especially English) his teacher took the initiative to work on material outside of the curriculum at a higher level so that he was not bored! Thanks PAP!

  • (11 months ago)

    This was the biggest mistake I ever made as a parent. I listened to the administration and believed when they told me it would be a perfect place for my child. My daughter was bullied and I agree that they don't allow that at PAP; however they neglected to mention the drug usage of their student body and that most of their students have been in legal trouble. Chris Keck will give you quite a show. I should have trusted my instincts when he asked my daughter what sort of trouble she had been in at her last school. She had never been in any trouble! If you want your children to be with the 'wrong crowd" send them here. Save your money and enroll your child in California Education Plan.

  • (1 year ago)

    They promise a lot at the beginning but following through is a whole other issue for them. It took ALOT of nagging for them to even read my sons IEP!

  • (1 year ago)

    I am the parent of a student who transferred to Palo Alto Prep as a sophomore has just graduated and is going to Calpoly in the fall. PAP has small classes and their dedicated teachers are able to go from firming up the basics to advanced topics. Smiles and enthusiasm permeate the school. They have a rock band do all sorts of fun trips (ski backpacking rafting abroad etc) and recently moved into new facilities. The staff has a patient and encouraging attitude accross the board and the students are friendly and accepting of differences. Kids who might have floundered elsewhere in this environment grow emotionally and academically. I am very happy with the process and the outcome!

  • (1 year ago)

    Palo Alto Prep was a wonderful life-changing experience that has given me an opportunity I would not have found anywhere else. Next week I am graduating and in the fall I will be attending Cal Poly SLO. If it weren't for the unique and eclectic learning environment Palo Alto Prep provided me where I was able to thrive and succeed in a multitude of ways I would not be the person I am today.

  • (2 years ago)

    I am a parent. My son transferred from Palo Alto High on his Sophomore year. He was down discouraged and had lacked confidence at PALY. PAP has put a lot of effort and time in building my son's confidence back both personal and academics. Today he is accepted to one of the top universities he is a soccer player he speaks a new language. He is a happy positive individual with a bright future. We could not have achieved this without the support of PAP and the wonderful teachers who have been a teacher a mentor and a friend. I am grateful to PAP.

  • (3 years ago)

    My son has been at Palo Alto Prep (PAP) for two years and is now entering his Junior year. I can't even begin to express what a positive difference PAP has made in his life on the academic social and emotional level. My son has a progressive neuromuscular disorder called Charcot-Marie-Tooth which does not affect intelligence but definitely affects his physical body. Grade school years proved to be challenging due to the fact that he felt different than his peers. So when I called PAP for the first time I was relieved to know that the Admissions officer not only was familiar with CMT but encouraged us to visit the school. We immediately felt accepted and welcomed by staff and student body. As a parent it is a great relief to know that my son is happy academically challenged physically comfortable and making friends for life. An awesome experience.

  • (3 years ago)

    I transferred to Palo Alto Prep because I was not a very good student in public school. I guess i was too social and had a tendency to skip classes. At Palo Alto Prep however I actually wanted to go to class. The small atmosphere helps the teachers actually teach the students. The student body is a mix of social kids anti social kids and everything in between and that is a good thing. i made a lot of good freinds whom otherwise would never have spoken to. And the teachers are grade A. Never ever thought someone could teach me chemistry. Every teachers knows every student. I am now a senior at Arizona State University so if you want your children to get a great education meet some good people and go to some amazing places (White water rafting ..scuba diving..ITALY) Then look no further.

  • (3 years ago)

    My teenager who is gifted has several learning disabilities and ADHD has blossomed in the first year at Palo Alto Prep. At the end of last year my teen was very shut down and angry due the almost daily bullying in public high school. At Palo Alto Prep the small class sizes the supportive culture the personal relationships with the teachers and students have all been a springboard for positive change. The staff and teachers have very artfully responded to any challenges so that my teen has felt heard and supported and even when the challenge involved a consequence. My teen is now out - going instead of distrustful and sullen making A s and working independently has friends feels safe and LOVES the school. At Palo Alto Prep my teen is on the path of being a successful student and well rounded person.

  • (3 years ago)

    Yes one should ALWAYS do your homework before you join a private school. Our son was there for two years and we found that the student body was as advertised some different some needing extra help and we did not encounter any that had problems that were not addressed during the enrollment process. They DO ask kids that cannot follow the rules to leave.

  • (4 years ago)

    Before you enroll your child in this school do you homework and ask the questions that I didn't ask. Ask about the credentials of the administration. Ask about the credentials of the teachers. Ask about the make-up of the student body. Don't listen to why the administration says the student body is there - it isn't because they are different need extra help were bullied in their last school - these kids have problems serious problems. I didn't ask any of these questions; however the administration made the school seem perfect for my child. It wasn't she was introduced to a group of kids that I would have never wanted her to be associated. It takes a special well-qualified teacher and administration to deal with children from these backgrounds and the administration in particular are not academically qualified.

  • (5 years ago)

    Our son came here with multiple LDs and associated issues. Educating bright kids who function so differently from the average student requires experience flexibility a socially safe environment and the ability to meet kids where they are and move them to where they need to be which is what we found at Palo Alto Prep. Our son was finally able to succeed here and is now a successful and engaged student at Foothill College thanks to Lisa Chris and a dedicated staff who because they have overcome difficulties themselves can serve as believable and authentic role models. You can find schools with a more attractive physical plant and amenities but what really counts is the soul you can feel in a place and the spirit an organization serves. At Palo Alto Prep that spirit is about making a difference in the lives of individuals while preparing them for the future.

  • (5 years ago)

    Palo Alto Prep takes the time to research any special needs a child may have. They know each child by the 2nd week well enough to help guide them through the school year.

  • (5 years ago)

    I'd like to take this opportunity to thank Palo Alto Prep for the invaluable guidance i received during my time there. I credit Palo Alto Prep's guidance for the 2 (soon to be 3) Dean's List Academic Awards that I received at Menlo College as well as my near 4.0 cumulative GPA. Your institution allowed me to adopt a strong work ethic that I will use for the rest of my life. Give the staff my best wishes and I hope to see you all in the near future.

  • (5 years ago)

    As far as schools go PAP is a ten in my book. We wanted to find a drug free and academically challenging school for our teen and that's what we got! Many alternative high schools are filled kids who do drugs. PAP has a zero tolerance policy. Our child is getting an excellent education along with many extracurricular activities not offered at other schools such as outdoor ed. and travel to other countries. PAP is a perfect fit. We feel confident our child is getting the best education possible at Palo Alto Prep!

  • (5 years ago)

    Palo Alto Prep is a fantastic school. We have been searching for an alternate school for our daughter . She is extremely intelligent but unfortunately the public school system could not meet her needs. Until we found PAP we didn't think we could find a school where she could thrive both academically and emotionally. The Founder Chris Keck and Dean of Students Lisa O'Hearn Keck have been incredible. They have literally turned our daughter's life around. Mainstream high school became so overwhelming for her we couldn't get through a day without phone calls wanting us to pick her up. Since attending Palo Alto Prep our daughter not only makes it through every day with the special attention and encouragement from the staff she is smiling again and looks forward to going to school. I highly recommend PAP. We consider this school our lifesaver!

  • (5 years ago)

    My daughter was a competitive gymnast and very dyslexic. I needed to find a high school that would help her with her learning disabilities and still allow her to train travel and compete. PAP and their amazing teachers did just that. They worked with her one on one encouraged her when she became discouraged and cheered her on in her sport. The result was that she was accepted at Cornell University and graduated last June. Sending my daughter to PAP was the best decision I have made.

  • (5 years ago)

    Palo Alto Prep provides a supportive flexible environment and staff that empowers their students to be involved and proactive in their own education. The teachers mentor students both academically and personally. They are outstanding role models. The Principal Vice Principals and office staff are extremely responsive and supportive as well.

  • (5 years ago)

    I went to this school for 2 years and I have to say I am pretty amazed with it. When I went to public school I was having trouble keeping up with the careless teachers they had. When I came to Palo Alto Prep Chris and Lisa where very helpful as were the teachers. Their ability to adapt with their students and connect with them is amazing. I am now a successful college student and am pursuing my career choice. I am grateful for the things Palo Alto Prep has done for me and I thank Chris and Lisa. With out this school I would have graduate a year late but PAP helped me get back on track and make up my credits.

  • (5 years ago)

    My son graduated in June of 2007 as the valedictorian of his class. He was very proud of his accomplishments. Reflecting back I think the thing that works so well at PAP is the culture that has been created by the founder and director Chris Keck the Dean of Students Lisa O Hearn Keck and the teachers. It is clear that the administrators and teachers care about and believe in each and every student. It is equally as clear that the students care about the teachers and appreciate and respect them. My daughter who goes to the big public school in Palo Alto commented at graduation that it was nice to see kids that really liked their teachers.' My son is now in college and credits his success to the relationships he had with his teachers and the adminstration at Palo Alto Prep.

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