MENLO ATHERTON HIGH SCHOOL

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555 MIDDLEFIELD RD
ATHERTON, CA 94027
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Phone: 650-322-5311
School Information
  • GreatSchools Rating: 8
  • Educational Climate: Above Average
  • Technology Measure: Medium
  • Type: Public
  • Grades: 9th Grade - 12th Grade
  • District: Sequoia Union High School District
  • Students/Teacher: 13:1
  • Students/Grade: 537.8
  • Number Students: 2151
  • Number Teachers: 160
  • Instructional Expense/Pupil: 6453
  • Poverty Level: 6 - 15.9 PERCENT
  • Principal: Mr Matthew Zito
  • CHARTER SCHOOL
  • GIFTED AND TALENTED PROGRAMS
  • ESL
  • SPECIAL EDUCATION
  • ADVANCED PLACEMENT
  • BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS
  • ALTERNATIVE PROGRAMS
  • YEAR ROUND CLASSES
  • VOC-TECH
  • ADULT EDUCATION
  • NCLB SCHOOL
  • BLUE RIBBON SCHOOL
  • COALITION OF ESSENTIAL SCHOOLS
  • AYP SCHOOL
  • INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE
  • MAGNET SCHOOL
School Ratings & Reviews

School Ratings (28 ratings)
Maximum Rating: 5




    School Reviews (21 Reviews)
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    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-06-13
    "Terrific school for college bound students. Offers an extensive curriculum within a diverse campus. The size adds a level of complexity that will be invaluable to young adults entering both college campuses and the work force. Teacher are highly engaged and classrooms are reasonable sized. The leadership of the principal and his staff are future leaning, hands-on, and very involved. I have not regretted sending my 3 children to M-A and feel they are very prepared for what lies next."
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    Posted 2014-02-20
    "I am currently a student at MA in my sophomore year. I grew up in Oakland and Berkley so I'm used to a lot of diversity. Coming to MA was a huge shock. The huge class difference between the rich white kids from Menlo Park and Atherton, and the middle-class minority groups from EPA is really bad. I am a white girl living in Menlo Park. My family has never been rich, my dad doesn't have a job and my mom's doesn't pay her nearly enough. Because of these things, I can't fit into either group. I'm not rich or athletic (MA is very sports oriented), so I don't fit in with the other white kids, but since I'm white, I'm excluded from the minority group. Also, I have had multiple teachers in the past two years who were extremely rude and disrespectful to their students. This school does have it's strong points. Some of the teachers are really good and encouraging. They also have the Computer academy and the AVID program. They are really competitive and so they have pretty great academics and sports but if you need and special help or a less traditional teaching style, I would recommend looking into a different school."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-05-21
    "Menlo-Atherton has diverse students, and a curriculum that is designed to address the diversity, thus allowing all students to learn at their level. The bathrooms, however, need more maintenance."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-04-29
    "This school is unfortunately not at all like the rosy, jolly reviews from parents who don't know what really goes on at this school. The segregation at this school is AWFUL, and the M-A motto "Strength in Diversity" is known as a joke by everyone, students and teachers alike. The only equalizer between the kids from EPA and Menlo Park and Atherton is drugs. Even some of the best students, with the parents who volunteer the most, smoke often and sometimes even right in front of teachers, on the green, using those pen - smoke machines hidden in their sleeves!! Yes, there are many security guards who ride around in golf carts but it has not seemed to help. Teachers are completely out of touch, they are in their own world and often are too into "the doughnuts in the staff room!" and their problems at home to genuinely help students and maintain a positive attitude. One highlight is the choir and music teacher, who seems to actually be in touch with the problems with M-A, but is positive and brings up student morale."
    Other Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-02-02
    "Menlo-Atherton has an amazing staff that will provide you will all the help your teenager needs to go through high school. All you have to do is ask for the help you need. The counselors will help guide your teen to the right direction on their way to college. Besides the fact that M-A has such a great academic course, they also provide a large variety of electives & clubs to choose from. M-A, I believe takes great care of their students. Although, the school may seem a little segregated between the minorities and the non-minorities, but that can be worked out with the school. What else does M-A have to offer? PRIDE. M-A has a system called PRIDE which will help your student overcome their fear of bullying because M-A tries their overall best to be an anti-bullying school. What does PRIDE mean? P-patience, R-respect, I-integrity, D-determination, E- empathy. These four words helped me get through my first year at M-A and I hope it will be the same for your teen as well. M-A! U KNOW! GOOOOO BEARS!"
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