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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    A-
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B+
  6. Health & Safety
    B+
  7. Administration
    B
  8. Sports
    A-
  9. Food
    C-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B+
Menlo-Atherton High School is a top rated, public school located in Atherton, CA. It has 2,275 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 20 to 1. According to state test scores, 45% of students are at least proficient in math and 56% in reading.
About Menlo-Atherton High School...
Address
555 Midfield Rd.
Atherton, CA 94025
Telephone
(650) 322-5311
Website

Menlo-Atherton High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
56%
Percent Proficient - Math
45%
Average Graduation Rate
93%
Average SAT
1290
345 responses
Average ACT
29
104 responses
AP Enrollment
26%
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Living in the Area
A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Crime & Safety
    B+
  2. Diversity
    B-
  3. Cost of Living
    C-
  4. Good for Families
    A+
Area Feel
Suburban
Median Household Income
$250,001
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$3,095
National
$949
Median Home Value
$2,000,001
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
B+
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
100%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.19 responses
Poll
89%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.19 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 50 responses
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  • Rally
    24%
  • Canned Food Drive
    16%
  • Prom
    14%
  • Football Games
    14%
  • Homecoming
    10%
  • Spring Musical
    8%
  • Basketball Games
    4%

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
2,275
Free or Reduced Lunch
33%
91%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.23 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.23 responses
96%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.23 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
20:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$78,767
Teachers in First/Second Year
9.2%
74%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.27 responses
70%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.27 responses
81%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.27 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Average
Boys Athletic Participation
Average
Expenses Per Student
$16,778/ year
National
$12,239
86%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.37 responses
68%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.37 responses
62%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.37 responses
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Menlo-Atherton High School Reviews

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Great public high school with probably the most economic diversity in the US. Students are "tracked" but the ones on the collegiate academic track are pushed hard with rigorous AP and AS academics. Students entering on the remedial track are supported and steered to stronger academics. Despite huge disparities, 95% of the graduating students go on for post-secondary education. Sports, the arts and technical education are also strong, with regional and state champions both athletically and in the performing arts/debate.
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Menlo Atherton is a very unique high school. Although it is very diverse with many different types of students, it can be very segregated which is clear when walking around at lunch. The teachers there definitely get better as you grow older, but I have had many average and decent teachers- only one or two I really loved learning from. The school itself has gotten some remodeling, but still much of the school is very dirty, especially the bathrooms.
Menlo-Atherton is a diverse yet segregated school, with a range of academic experiences. It's difficult to review because in many ways it contains more than one school within it - some kids are loaded with high-pressure courses and extracurriculars while others just skate by. I think M-A has a wonderful variety of supports and resources to help kids succeed, but needs to do a better job of integrating kids from different backgrounds and minimizing the high stress culture.