- ATHERTON, CA
Menlo School Reviews
Rating 4.14 out of 5 73 reviews
Beautiful school. I’m a transfer student and was anxious about going to a new school but, I’m so glad I took that chance and went for it. Found my new home.
Menlo is a terrific school. Our son has thrived there and grown tremendously as a person and student over the past two years. He has transformed from someone who is shy into a confident leader, self-advocate, and amazing citizen of his class. We have been especially impressed with the leadership, which has led the school through the pandemic better than any school leadership I have heard about in the Bay Area. The leadership has also placed a strong emphasis on diversity, equity, and inclusion over the past few years, and we could not agree more with the principles they are instilling in the students at Menlo.
As a low-income student from an underserved school district, I never could have achieved the things I have in my life without the opportunity to attend Menlo School.
Menlo School sets the bar high for students in academics, athletics, and arts. While it can feel daunting at times the Menlo faculty does an excellent job of being supportive and understanding of students' situation.
Menlo has pushed me to excel academically in a stimulating environment. All of the teachers not only want to teach you, but get to know and have a relationship with you. Menlo gives you the means to seek out opportunities to better yourself and prepare for life outside the classroom.
I'm an alum of Menlo School, and had an incredible experience at the school. What stands out the most for me is the Menlo faculty. I have such deep relationships with several teachers - they are lifelong friends and some of the best educators I've ever had (and I went to an Ivy League school for college!). I wish every child in the Bay Area were lucky enough to experience Menlo for themselves. This is a school that has changed my life in so many ways for the better.
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.
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.
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.