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After spending four years at Menlo School, I've created great relationships with both students and teachers. Teachers are extremely helpful and supportive to their students, especially to those involved in the sports and arts. As a student at Menlo, I always felt supported throughout my high school career because my teachers were always there for me. When it came to my season, my teachers were always wanting to help so that I could balance both my academics and sports. Along with other staff members, they were also supportive throughout my high school career, they were always checking up on how I'm doing outside of school. The student body at Menlo is very welcoming. The sports team at Menlo allows for both under and upperclassmen to mix and get to know each other. Menlo students are very energetic and full of spirit when it comes to spirit weeks and other school spirit competitions. Though every year, you can expect that every year the seniors win every competition. I loved Menlo!!!!
I really like how the school works. All the 6th grade teachers are super caring and nice. The food is great there and so is the staff. I'm glad I got this opportunity to go to such an amazing school.
Gave me an opportunity at a better life, which I couldn't have found anywhere else. Amazing teachers and faculty that will know your name and genuinely care about your growth. The only school I could see myself having attended to get to where I am today, feel so grateful for the experience.
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Apart from ultra-rich driving sports participation Academics and the rest are excellent. Hard to avoid controversy when money drives decisions. Also note how some sports always get drafted to specific schools. They just did not get caught like USC did
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.
If you require learning accommodations, I can say first hand that they didn't help you at all. The person who runs the accommodations failed to give my accommodations to the act and sat after asking multiple times.
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.
Going to Menlo was the worst decision I ever made. I went from Ivy league bound to barely getting in to Arizona State in my four years at Menlo. As I watched my public school friends, all of whom are much worse students/less smart than I am, get 4.0+ GPAs, I struggled to keep mine above a 3.0. Menlo has a toxic culture of entitlement and an egregiously bad, ancient administration that needs to go before it can come close to fulfilling its top 100 ranking for national private high schools.
Menlo School offers a challenging curriculum, taught by an amazing staff. I am so happy that I had the opportunity to meet some of the people I know now. I know that there are many opportunities I was given that I couldn't have had otherwise.
Looking back, I really enjoyed my experience at Menlo. When I entered college, I was surprised how easy some of the courses felt in comparison to the academic grind in Menlo. The teachers are the gem of the school and I still go back to visit because they really are wonderful. I had always loved being both a sports athlete and art student, and I think it really pushed me to do better.
Menlo School is amazing!! It's facilities ar top of the line and the faculty really prepare you for the world of higher education.
The least diverse place I have ever seen. About five hundred fifty overachieving, white liberals who make for a toxic learning environment. The parking situation is horrific and, if you go here, you need to be prepared to pay the $45 fines for parking right off campus for more than two hours, which you will do in the inevitable situation where the student parking lot fills up too quickly. At Menlo, all of our students are aware of the term "grade deflation" and many believe that we would almost all go to better colleges if we had gone to just about any school that isn't Menlo.
Menlo School is a place of thinking, one of learning, and creativity. Students are actively challenged to pursue the best possible person they can be. Contributions of parents and community, make this school the thriving college preparatory school, that Menlo School is.
Menlo has no diversity, and was not a safe place for me. I felt bullied and harassed, I was not given academic freedom to pursue my own goals, and I hated the people there.

If you play sports, Menlo is a great school. But sports dominate everything and it makes it harder to participate in other activities. Sex ed is a joke, the freshman emotional learning class is terrible, and I spent high school miserable with no help from the administration.
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.
I am a current menlo student. People rave about the schools academics but it honestly depends on the teachers you get. For our final my class had to write a in class essay answer multiple choice and short answer questions while another class had multiple choice and short answer with an in class paragraph they got to bring and outline for. In sports it is clear that the leadership favors admitting kids for tennis volleyball as both teams are competitive for state championships yearly while football and basketball are left to suffer. Students are so spoiled they don't eat
the food we get and complained to the point that the adminisration decided to build a new cafeteria in the middle of the campus and hire a new chef. Part of the problem is the lack of overall diversity in campus. Every year menlo makes a point to somehow show the minorities at the school whether it be putting pictures of them in the front of the school or forcing them to be at open houses.
I would say the majority of the school participates in sports, due to the wide variety of options that students have, as well as the inclusive nature of most of the sports programs. While this is great, it also contributes to a lack of competitiveness in certain sports. I think the clubs are adequate, but don't garner quite as much attention as other school activities. The arts program is great and very inclusive as well. It provides many different opportunities to students with a wide variety of interests.
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I think that parents are fare too involved in administrative activities and decisions at Menlo. While there are a lot of great parents involved in certain school activities, I would say most are far too controlling. They could be described as helicopter parents who are very overbearing of their children, and whenever their child does not succeed, whether that is in athletics or academics, the parents go straight to the administration to blame their child's failure on someone else. I think this parental attitude goes hand in hand with the affluence of the school, and families who attend Menlo. I would say that no teacher and especially no athletic coach is safe from the influence of a few powerful and misinformed parents, and their extreme desire for their children to succeed.
For the most part, all the teachers are very engaging and respectful of their students. All teachers set aside time for students to meet with them outside of class. Although the teachers can be exceedingly difficult, they do want all of their students to succeed, and they do what they can to make this happen. Regardless of the few inconsiderate teachers that every school has (Mr. Allard in particular), I would say the teaching staff is fantastic at Menlo.
The teachers are great but we don't learn much and we should have a bit more work.
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