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Menlo-Atherton High School is a four-year comprehensive secondary school that was established in 1951. The school has a national reputation for academic excellence. It is located in a suburban community between San Francisco and San Jose, CA, in close proximity to Stanford University and the Silicon Valley. The school serves a community with high academic expectations and strong support for quality public education. The student body reflects the area’s wide range of social, economic, cultural, and educational diversity. Menlo-Atherton High School is a part of the Sequoia Union High School District, which consists of four comprehensive high schools and a continuation high school. The District's total student population is approximately 8,000. 
 
Menlo-Atherton has an approximate enrollment of 2,400 students. Our schedule is a modified block, with Wednesday and Thursday being block days, each with three 95-minute periods. The other days consist of seven 50-minute periods. Most students are enrolled in six classes. Of the certificated staff of 151, over 55% have master’s and doctorate degrees. Menlo-Atherton also has intern teachers from nearby Stanford University. In recent years, 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 the only school in San Mateo County to be named a California Distinguished School in 2013 (also in 1986 & 2007). Newsweek has consistently ranked
Menlo-Atherton as one of the top public high schools in the United States.