Menlo-Atherton offers a broad range of alternative academic opportunities. Our supportive guidance department and staff is always available if you are looking for ways to broaden your academic experience or would like to explore some of Menlo-Atherton's diverse alternative opportunities.
M-A offers a four-week summer school to 120 incoming 9th grade students. Enrollment is on a first come, first serve basis with recruitment in the spring at all area middle schools. The program is designed to assist students who have an academic, economic, personal or environmental issue that may impede success in high school. The summer experience helps students prepare for the challenges ahead. Once in high school, Compass students continue to receive general support and guidance from Compass coordinators, including newsletters, leadership training, counseling and someone to watch over their progress and help with problems at school or home.
Honor's Institute is a four week summer program designed for incoming freshman who are college bound and plan to take one or more of M-A's high level 9th grade classes (AS English I, Geometry or Biology.) Students will participate in study skills, youth development, and team-building activities. The program includes four weeks of Honors English, two weeks of geometry preparation and two weeks of biology preparation.
The main focus of the institute is to enrich student's academic preparation for honors level classes at M-A. This will be a great opportunity to meet other students taking similar courses, become more familiar with the M-A campus, participate in youth development activities, and have some fun while preparing for high school.
Priority given to eligible Ravenswood and Redwood City students.
Courses in all academic areas are available for English Learners, sheltered classes for those beginning to speak English and mainstream classes for orally proficient students who are refining skills in reading and writing. Our bilingual resource teacher is Steven Ready, ext. 50143.