an MSx student with his wife and two daughters

Daycare, Schools & Camps

MSx Program kids will form friendships, learn from some of the best teachers in the U.S., and build memories they will never forget.


There are several daycare facilities nearby that are available to Stanford students. There are both part-time and full-time options.


There are many excellent elementary, middle, and high schools near Stanford’s campus — all part of the public Palo Alto Unified School District. These schools are free to attend and offer a world-class education for students. In addition, there are a myriad of private and parochial schools in the area that your student may apply to.

Schools Grades Before/After Care
Elementary Schools
Escondido Elementary
Ohlone Elementary
Walter Hays Elementary
K–5 Yes
Middle Schools
Jane Lathrop Middle School
Frank S. Greene Middle School
Ellen Fletcher Middle School
6–8 No
High Schools
Palo Alto High School
Gunn High School
9–12 No

Summer Camps

Avoid hearing “I’m bored” during the summer. Stanford University and the surrounding areas host hundreds of day and overnight camps for kids of all ages. Take a peek at the Stanford resource for summer activities and camps.

After-School Activities

There are hundreds of parks, museums, and other cultural activities in Palo Alto, and the Parks and Recreation Department is a great resource for all kinds of kid-friendly events.

Family Experience in the MSx Program

Family Experience in the MSx Program

Sam Hagerbaumer, MS '19, Brett Wilson, MS '19, and Lyndall Wilson share the joy children bring to the MSx Program.

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Tip: Daycare on Campus

Once you are admitted to the program, the MSx Admissions Office will work with you to place your children on waitlists for on-campus daycares.

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Tip: Placement in Nearby Schools

If your children are of age to attend one of the public schools in Palo Alto (elementary, middle school, or high school), you will be able to submit your application once you move onto Stanford’s campus. Your child will be placed into one of the nearby schools.

Other Spotlight
Spouse of an MSx student

“Moving to a new country can be difficult, especially for young children. Stanford has been such a positive experience for my family that when strangers ask my kids where they’re from, they say, ‘Stanford.’ That’s their country.”