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-high
  • Type: Public
  • Grades: 9th Grade - 12th Grade
  • District: Sequoia Union High School District
  • Students/Teacher: 12:1
  • Students/Grade: 494.8
  • Number Students: 1979
  • 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 (26 ratings)
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    School Reviews (19 Reviews)
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    Other Review | Rating:
    Posted 2011-09-28
    "All three of my kids went through M-A. They considered all the the schools, private and public, but felt they'd have a better "dose of reality" at M-A than kids they knew at the privates were getting for the years after high school and they are glad they did as am I. One went to CAL, turning down Stanford, another Davis and another Cal Poly. The academics are great. Having volunteered for a number of years, I got to know the staff, coaches and watch the improvement of the physical plant. The camups is awesome, from the Performing Arts Center to the football stadium and even the tennis courts as well as the rest of the buildings on campus. The trend with some of the parents of our Millenials has been rather than take responsibility, blame everyone but themselves or their children. It's called parenting, people! Every year M-A sends a large number of kids to the Ivy League, Stanford, the UC's, etc. Check the stats! As for the student body, it is and always has been a racially diverse environment, like the real world. It's a good thing! Best of all, it's FREE!! It's tough to justify spending $30K+ per year in high school so my kid can go to Chico. Boulder or Loyola."
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    Posted 2011-08-18
    "I am currently a student at Menlo-Atherton and despite all rumors it is an AMAZING place. M-A takes pride in their diversity and though it is scary to many parents and students to be in an environment that has kids from unprivileged areas it really gives you a taste of the real world while still being VERY safe and welcoming. Despite rumors below there is no area called the "pot alley". There are many private schools in this area that have a MUCH larger problem with drugs than M-A. The staff does a very good job of keeping all incidents quiet thus not effecting students at all. I would encourage anyone to send their child to M-A because its free and provides and equally good education, since many of my friends who just graduated went to schools as good or better than those students who went to private school. Virtually all you are trading is nice bathrooms and good lunch, but in return you get an experience that prepares you much better to be on your own in college and beyond. It's a wonderful place and community and there is something for EVERYONE!"
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2011-05-04
    "My child is a freshman at this school. It is not all rosy like other reviews claim. If you are a popular jock it is easy to have a great time at this school. If you are more quiet and shy it is hard to find friends. The studying environment is bad. Many students come in late, don't do their work and disturb the classes. The good thing is that if you do your home work, listen to and obey the teacher and try just a little bit it is easy to get all A's. There is no working hot food program at the school and the bathrooms are gross. There is a section called "the pot alley". Over half of the Freshman class is underprivileged from poor neighborhoods. I hoping there will be betterworking environment in upper grades when my child can take the AP classes."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2011-02-25
    "MA is like two schools in one, serving a very diverse community. If you were able to separate out the kids in the advanced track, as the highest rated schools in the US on the US News survey do, MA would likely rate at the absolute top. Fortunately, MA serves both ends of the academic spectrum admirably and provides students a wonderful opportunity to experience a diverse social process along with outstanding academics and sport programs. The teachers and staff are highly dedicated and do an outstanding job with everything from basic classes to an unsurpassed variety of AP classes. There is a capacious selection of extra curricular activities including nationally ranked robotics and music programs, art, drama, and many others. MA's 6th man club is the highest rated in the bay area and serves as a demonstration of strong student spirit. Many students go on to the top universities in the US. Eight students were accepted for early admission to Stanford this year out of the approximately 740 admitted on that basis. That represents over 1% of all the students admitted early to Stanford this year from the approximately 18,000 high schools with AP classes in the US. Amazing!"
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2009-05-21
    "Menlo-Atherton has been an incredible place for both of my students, one at UC Berkeley and the other just admitted to Stanford. The administration has created a school that supports students, teachers, and parents, the Advanced Placement offerings are unmatched by any private school, and there is something for EVERYONE at M-A!"
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