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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Diversity
    A+
  3. Teachers
    A
Address
3375 Edison Way
Menlo Park, CA 94025
Telephone
(650) 294-4570

Applying

Application Deadline
January 17
Application Fee
$90
Interview Required
Yes
Required/Recommended Tests
None

Tuition

Yearly Tuition
$36,207
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
$18,102
From Synapse School

An independent elementary and middle school in Menlo Park, CA, Synapse offers an innovative academic curriculum fully integrated with social emotional learning (SEL). The program is carefully designed as a model school to demonstrate the power of blending Six Seconds’ emotional intelligence programs with leading-edge instruction (brain-based, project driven, constructivist learning in school-wide themes). Synapse's curriculum and school life builds on the foundation of our mission of Educating Change Makers. We are curious, innovative, imaginative, creative, and we have fun!

School Details

Grades
K-8
Students
260
Student-Teacher Ratio
6:1
National
17:1
Full-Time Teachers
44
Part-Time Teachers

Students

Students
260
Gender
  • Female
    51%
  • Male
    49%
Student Diversity
  • White
    46.2%
  • Asian
    23.1%
  • Multiracial
    16.5%
  • Hispanic
    5.8%
  • Unknown
    3.8%
  • African American
    2.7%
  • Native American
    1.2%
  • Pacific Islander
    0.8%
    Living in the Area
    B-
    Overall Niche Grade
    How are grades calculated?
    1. Cost of Living
      D
    2. Good for Families
      B-
    3. Housing
      D-
    Median Household Income
    $56,433
    National
    $55,322
    Median Rent
    $1,468
    National
    $949
    Median Home Value
    $517,419
    National
    $184,700

    Synapse School Reviews

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    I am continually amazed at Synapse’s teachers and staff. They have a profound commitment, intense focus, and unabated energy and excitement for creating this incredible environment for our kids. They work hard to integrate curriculum in a project-based style which results in engaged kids really enjoying school, developing a love of learning that will last. I wish I could could attend school there! SEL is both integrated throughout the day and a specific “subject.” It’s obvious that the kids overall are incredibly kind and sensitive toward each other. You need a flexible mindset as a parent, open to new ideas and approaches, and be willing to get involved. Synapse values the whole child over test scores, and the social-emotional development of the school is top priority. Synapse is a great school that works diligently on self-improvement.
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    Our daughter has thrived at Synapse. The teachers are among the best we've encountered, the school leadership is great, and the parent community has been an unexpected bonus. We were looking for a nontraditional school that truly embraced whole child personalized learning, one that integrated SEL into all aspects of the curriculum, that took a constructivist approach to learning through meaningful projects, and that focused on building cognitive and non-cognitive skills instead of just academic content. We fully lucky to have found that in Synapse and couldn't be happier with the experience our daughter is having here.
    All four of my children have attended Synapse. I have three Synapse graduates in high school and one middle school aged child still at the school. We have been at the school for 6 years, and we continue to be super impressed with the teachers, the curriculum, and the fact that they intertwine Emotional Intelligence throughout every lesson. The most important things my children have learned at Synapse are collaboration skills, self-advocacy, and the idea that even children can produce real change in the world.

    The graduated Synapse kids have gone onto getting superb grades in high school with a very healthy relationship to grades, homework, and the college admissions process. They have intrinsic motivation, they stand up for themselves and others, and they are continually being asked to be leaders at their school because they have empathy, curiosity, and new ideas, all of which were cultivated and enriched at Synapse School. This is a very special place to be a kid and a learner.