Menlo School

50 Valparaiso Ave, Atherton, CA 94027

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“Our mission is to engage every student; helping each discover unique abilities and, along the way, nourish passionate global citizenship,” says Norm Colb, head of Menlo School, an inde-pendent, coeducational, college preparatory day school serving grades 6-12. “We celebrate the joy of learning in our classrooms, in our auditoriums and studios, and in our athletic programs. Extensive creative arts, community service and sports programs enhance our entire culture, and provide a forum that encourages every student’s gifts of expression.”

The School nurtures character development in an environment that fosters independence and self-reliance, while upholding the highest ethical and moral standards. Innovative advocacy programs, and a wide variety of clubs and activities, help students make the most of what Menlo has to offer. Supported by the School’s challenging academics, outstanding faculty and exceptional college counseling program, Menlo graduates are more than successful students; they have the skills needed to succeed in the next phase of their education–and beyond.

A dynamic, diverse and vibrant community, Menlo enrolls 795 students from around the Bay Area. Established in 1915, the School is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and is a member of the National and California Associations of Independent Schools.

Campus visits at Menlo School are available by appointment, September through January. Visit the school website to use request information and apply online.

General Information

Academic OrientationCollege Preparatory
Grade RangeDay — Coed Grades 6-12
Coed, Boys, or GirlsCoed
Full Address50 Valparaiso Ave, Atherton, CA 94027
Year Established1915
Legal StatusNonprofit
Religious Affiliation(None)

Tuition & Financial Aid

Day Tuition$37,850; estimated extras $1500
Need-Based Scholarships Awarded131
Value of Need-Based Scholarships$3,620,692

Academics & Athletics

Academic CalendarSemester
Supplemental InstructionTutoring
1:1 Laptop Program in Grades6-12
Advanced Placement CoursesCalculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry, Chinese, Computer Science, English, English Literature, French, Japanese, Latin, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Music Theory, Physics B, Physics C, Spanish, Spanish Literature, Statistics, Studio Art, US Government & Politics, US History
Summer SessionAcademic Enrichment Recreational. 3 weeks
Accredited ByWASC
Interscholastic Boys' & Girls' SportsBasketball, Cross-country, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Track, Water Polo
Interscholastic Boys' SportsBaseball, Football, Wrestling
Interscholastic Girls' SportsSoftball, Volleyball

Graduate Placement

Graduate Reference Year2012
Graduates Attending College/Nonpublic Secondary School135
Most Common Graduate DestinationsSMU 10, NYU 7, Duke 6, Tulane 6, Dartmouth 5, USC 5
Average Math SAT686
Average Critical Reading SAT651
Average Writing SAT676
Average ACT30


Applications DueJanuary
Application Fee$85
New Students142
Tests Used for AdmissionISEE, SSAT, TOEFL


AdministratorNathaniel Healy
Administrator's TitleHead of School
In Office Since2013
Administrator's CredentialsBA, Williams College, MA, Columbia Univ
Director(s) of AdmissionsCathy Shelburne, Upper Sch Adm; Lisa Schiavenza, Middle Sch Adm

Enrollment & Faculty

Total Enrollment794
Day Students794
Elementary Enrollment (Through Grade 8)220
Secondary Enrollment (Grades 9-PG)574
Average Class Size15
Student-Faculty Ratio10:1
Dress CodeCasual
Teaching Faculty91
Faculty with Advanced Degrees (%)64
Faculty EthnicityWhite 82%, Latino 2%, African-American 7%, Asian 8%, Other 1%

Campus & Endowment

Campus Acreage16
Buildings on Campus20
Facilities Value$92,517,000
Endowment Value$25,000,000
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