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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
    A
  6. Sports
    B
Menlo School is a top rated, private school located in Atherton, CA. It has 795 students in grades 6-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 7 to 1. Tuition is $42,830 for the highest grade offered. After graduation, 99% of students from this school go on to attend a 4-year college.
Address
50 Valparaiso Ave
Atherton, CA 94027
Telephone
(650) 330-2000

Tuition

Yearly Tuition
$42,830
Tuition is for the highest grade offered and may have changed for the current school year. For more information, please contact the school.
Received Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid

Menlo School Rankings

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Academics

Average Graduation Rate
Average SAT
1410
153 responses
Average ACT
33
71 responses

Culture & Safety

Poll
100%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.7 responses
Poll
71%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.7 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 24 responses
Report
  • Knight school
    21%
  • Rivalry Sport Events
    21%
  • Senior Quad
    21%
  • Homecoming with Principal leading the Seniors
    17%
  • Senior Wall
    17%
  • Spirit Week
    4%

Students

Diversity
A-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
795
89%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.9 responses
67%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.9 responses
78%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.9 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
7:1
National
17:1
Poll
85%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.13 responses
Poll
85%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.13 responses
Poll
85%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.13 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Boys Athletic Participation
86%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.14 responses
71%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.14 responses
79%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.14 responses
Living in the Area
A
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    C-
  2. Good for Families
    A
  3. Housing
    C
Area Feel
Rural
Median Household Income
$250,001
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$3,501
National
$949
Median Home Value
$2,000,001
National
$184,700
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Menlo School Reviews

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While I may not have personally had the most amazing experience at Menlo, I cannot deny that it is a phenomenal school. The teachers that I had during my time at Menlo were the most passionate and inspirational people who care so much about their students, not just as students but also as people. While the school is somewhat lacking in advanced humanities classes, the programs for people going into STEM are absolutely amazing. Menlo was undoubtedly difficult both academically and socially, but going into college, that meant I was more than prepared. Thank you to Menlo — even though they weren’t my favorite, my 4 years at Menlo prepared me for college in ways I didn’t realize until I got here.
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Menlo School prepares their students for college extremely well, but the amount of pressure to take AP/honors classes as well as applying to as many schools possible is unhealthy. The mental health programs at the school are extremely lacking.
Menlo has offered me so many opportunities for exploration.

Just one example is Knight School, a week of experiential learning courses. I’ve explored California, learning about marine biology in a boat on the Channel Islands for a week, as well as Death Valley. All of these opportunities require so much trust, and Menlo is a community of total trust in students' integrity, which makes a huge difference.

In the classroom, I’ve explored all subjects with a unique joy that Menlo brings to learning. My math teacher brought cake and we had a full-fledged party when we learned the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus.

Lastly, Menlo has helped me discover myself. I understand so much more about what matters to me and how I learn best. The Menlo community is incredibly caring, close-knit, and all my teachers have made efforts to know my classmates and me personally.