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Menlo-Atherton High School
Menlo-Atherton High School in 2011
555 Middlefield Road


Coordinates 37°27′40″N 122°10′30″W / 37.46111°N 122.17500°W / 37.46111; -122.17500
Type public comprehensive
MottoStrength in Diversity
School district Sequoia Union High School District
PrincipalKarl Losekoot
Faculty112.91 (FTE) [1]
Enrollment2,125 (2022–23) [1]
Student to teacher ratio18.82 [1]
Color(s)  Maroon
Publication M-A Chronicle, The Mark
Feeder schoolsHillview Middle School, La Entrada Middle School, Cesar Chavez Ravenswood Middle School

Menlo-Atherton High School (known as M-A to locals [2]) is a four-year public high school secondary school located in Atherton, California. Menlo-Atherton is part of the Sequoia Union High School District. [3]

Menlo-Atherton has been named one of the top secondary schools in the nation by the United States Department of Education as part of its National School Recognition Program. It was selected as a California Distinguished School by the California Department of Education in 2007 and 2013. [4] [5] In 2005, Newsweek ranked the school as the 259th best school in the United States. [6] Menlo-Atherton also offers the most Advanced Placement courses in the district with 24, ranging from Studio Art to US History. [7]

Since the closure of Ravenswood High School, Menlo-Atherton has been racially diverse, drawing from Atherton, Menlo Park, Redwood City, East Palo Alto, and Portola Valley. The school's motto is "Strength in Diversity". [8]


Typically, 97% of graduates continue their education. 37% opt for two-year colleges, 60% go to four-year colleges. [3]

M-A offers the following Advanced Placement courses: Art History; Biology; Calculus AB/BC; Chinese Language; Chemistry; Computer Science A; Computer Science Principles; English Language/Composition; English Literature; Environmental Science; French Language; Latin; Physics; Psychology; Spanish Language; Spanish Literature (approximately every other year); Statistics; Studio Art; and US History. M-A has an 77% pass rate on AP exams, [9] with 41% scoring a 5. [10] It also has the Advanced Via Individual Determination program and the Computer Academy, programs for students seeking a smaller, supportive learning environment. [3]

GPA Distribution for the Class of 2023 [10]
GPA Range Number of Students Percent
4.2 and above 76 15%
3.8-4.19 106 22%
3.4-3.79 80 16%
3.0-3.39 60 12%
2.6-2.99 48 10%
2.2-2.59 63 13%
2.0-2.19 17 3%
Below 2.0 42 9%


Menlo-Atherton has nearly 60 teams at the varsity, junior varsity and freshman levels in 15 sports that they offer. Over 46% of the student body participates in a sport with 1,100 athletes in the 2018–19 season. M-A has emerged as one of the most accomplished athletic programs in Northern California, winning 2 CIF State titles (Football & Girls Wrestling-individual title), 8 Central Coast Section titles, and 13 Peninsula Athletic League titles in the 2018–19 school year. The Bears have also won the PAL Commissioner's Cup the last 11 years in a row and in 12 of the 13 years of its existence. The Commissioner's Cup is awarded annually to the Peninsula Athletic League school that best exemplifies the league's commitment to sportsmanship and excellence in athletics. Points are awarded to each varsity team in each sport that they participate in, by the order of finish in league play and for sportsmanship.

In 2017, Co-Athletic Directors Paul Snow and Steven Kryger were named NorCal Athletic Directors of the Year by the California Coaches Association. That same year saw Adhir Ravipati named the NorCal Football Coach of the Year, and in 2018, Jane Worden and Brett Koerten were named State Swim Coaches of the Year, also by the California Coaches Association. In 2017, Menlo-Atherton was named the Northern California Public High School of the Year by for their athletic achievements.

In the 2024 NFL Draft, Menlo-Atherton 2021 alum Troy Franklin was selected as a fourth-round pick and 102nd overall for the Denver Broncos. [11]

Fine arts

Menlo-Atherton is home to a professional-level 492-seat theater, the Menlo-Atherton Center for Performing Arts. It is home to the school play and musical; band, orchestra, guitar, and choir concerts; the Menlo-Atherton Student Film Festival; [12] the Bear Arts Expo, a collaboration between all of M-A's arts classes; [13] and many other school events. It also hosts events related to the City of Menlo Park, which partially financed its construction, and is a regular venue of ensembles and music festivals including the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Music@Menlo. [14]

The Advanced Jazz Ensemble regularly travels to festivals around the world, including the annual Reno Jazz Festival and the Montreux Jazz Festival. The band is supported by the Band Boosters. [15]

The center is home to M-A Drama, Menlo-Atherton's chapter of the International Thespian Society. M-A Drama produces a play and a musical each year. M-A Drama is supported by M-A Drama Boosters. [16]


In November 2022, two separate students brought guns to school. The first incident was on November 10, when M-A staff called Atherton Police after receiving an anonymous tip that identified a student as possessing a gun. School staff conducted an administrative search of the student and located a Sig Sauer P226 9mm pistol with one round chambered and nine rounds in the magazine in the student's waistband. M-A staff decided not to inform students or parents until after the school day. [17] On November 29, Atherton Police arrested a student for bringing a loaded Smith & Wesson M&P Shield .380 pistol to school after staff reported there was a firearm in an unattended backpack. After this incident, Principal Karl Losekoot alerted parents the next day but not students until two days after. [18]

In November of 2023, Chloe Gentile-Montgomery and another teacher taught a lesson on dominate and counter-narratives that included discussion of the Israel-Palestine conflict. One slide included a video from Turkish Radio and Television Corporation, which is a Turkish propaganda group and another slide clamed the United Nations says that Israel is illegal. [19] The slide presentation prompted backlash from community members, leading to a Sequoia Union High School District Board of Trustee meeting to divulge into a verbal altercation and the police being called. [20] After the slide presentation became public and the Board Meeting, the Deborah Project and Zachor Legal Institute [21] sent California Public Records Act requests for all lesson materials from all classes about Israel, Palestine, or Zionism, along with all Ethnic Studies materials and electronic communications about Ethnic Studies. [22]



See also


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