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2017- 2018 Stats
Strong Academic Program

  • Comprehensive curriculum including college-preparatory education, athletics, art, music, and drama.
  • 20 Advancement Placement (AP) courses offered.  In 2017, 1,392 test were taken by 644 students, with 86% scoring a passing score of 3 or higher and 35% earning a top score of 5.  
  • Outstanding College and Career Center hosts over 140 college visits each year.
  • For graduates of the Class of 2017, 95% continue their education: 62% attend a wide variety of four-year colleges including private and out-of-state schools, and 33% attend two-year colleges. 22% are attending University of California and California State University schools.
  • 122 National Merit Semifinalists, 356 Commended Students, 9 Presidential Scholars, 29 National Merit Hispanic Scholars, and 2 National Acheivement Program Scholars since 2006.
  • Continuing the implementation of National Common Core standards and Smarter Balance testing in 2017-18 school year.
  • Maximum 6-year accreditation granted by Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) in 2013.
  • The only school in San Mateo County to be named a California Distinguished School in 2013 (also in 1986 and 2007).

Diverse Student Body & Experienced Faculty

  • Race ethnic diversity among over 2450 students: 42%  Hispanic/Latino, 38% white, 6% Asian, 4% African American, 5% Pacific Islander, and 4% other.
  • Students reside in Atherton, Menlo Park, East Palo Alto, and Redwood City.
  • Outstanding faculty and staff.
  • Over 155 credentialed and highly experienced teachers and administrative staff of which 56% hold master and doctorate degrees.
  • M-A's Transition and Articulation Program received the San Mateo County School Boards Association Kent Award
  • Rachel Andres, Math Teacher, was named 2010 San Mateo County Teacher of the Year.
  • Marei Kane, English Teacher, was named 2012 San Mateo County Teacher of the Year.
  • The Culinary Arts/Living Skills CTE program was awarded a Program of Excellence award by the California Department of Education for 2011-2017 and 2014-2017.
  • Lance Powell, AP Environmental Science and Environmental Chemistry teacher, was awarded the 2014-2015 Environmental Protection Agency's Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators at ceremonies at the White House.
  • Prep 2 Prep Public School of the Year.  The Bears captured a total of 17 PAL team titles during the year, including 10 team titles at the varsity level. Highlights: Varsity Girls Volleyball made second trip to state championship and Varsity Football team won CCS and Nor Cal titles with a trip to the state championship for the first time in school history.
  • Teacher John Giambruno was selected as a Sequoia Union High School District Certificated Employee of the Year 
  • Football  Coach Adhir Ravipati received PCA's Double Goal Coach Award and Califronia Coaching Association's Nor Cal Coach of the Year 
  • Co-athletic directors Paul Snow and Steve Kryger named as California Coaching Associations girls and boys athletic directors of the year (respectively)
  • Teacher and coach Pam Wimberly inducted into the California Coaches Association Hall of Fame

A Tradition of Service

  • Awarded Second Harvest Food Drive Blue Diamond Award for "Outstanding Food and Fund Drive Donor" in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, and 2015 for raising over 60,000 pounds of food. M-A is the only high school in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties to receive this honor, on level with companies such as Google and Cisco.
  • More than 650 Menlo-Atherton local families benefit from the annual school-wide canned food drive.
  • 80 upper-class Freshman Transition Leaders support the academic and social success of first-year students.
  • More than 100 students participate in state-honored Leadership classes supporting school, local, and global communities.

Excellent Facilities & Technologies

  • 30-acre suburban campus with new library complex, 14 updated science labs, staff center, cafeteria, art and ceramics rooms, band room, and 121 Smartboards on campus.
  • Phase one 2 story 21 classroom building with covered eating area, food service and restrooms complete in May 2017.  Each classroom has chromebook carts, topcat audio systems, hover cams and flexible furniture
  • Digital Media Arts facility, with state-of-the-art digital photo, multi-media, and video production studios, opened in fall 2012.
  • The 492-seat Center for Performing Arts features world-class acoustics and Broadway-level facilities for drama, music, and performance.
  • Athletic complex includes two gyms, two turf fields, all-weather track, baseball, softball, pool, weight room, wrestling room, two dance studios, and trainer's room.
  • Over 3,000 computers available for instructional use, including iPads, Chromebooks, desktops, and laptops.
  • Phase two STEM Building, Tennis Court Resurfacing and Relocation, and main kitchen and restroom project underway. Expected completion in May 2018.


2017-2018 Championship Athletics - GO BEARS!

Over 1100 athletes participating on 54 athletic teams.  Honored by Prep2Prep as NorCal Public School of the Year for Athletic Achievement 2017.
State Champions 
  Chelsea Wilson, Wrestling, 106
Mia Paulsen, Diving
NorCal Champions
Girls Volleyball
CCS Team Champions
Girls Volleyball, Girls Soccer

CCS Individual Champions
Folashade Akinola, Wrestling, 160
Chelsea Wilson, Wrestling, 106
Izzi Henig, Swimming, 50M Freestyle
Mia Paulsen, Diving

PAL Champions 
Girls JV Cross Country, Varsity Football, Girls Varsity Volleyball, Girls Varsity Tennis, Girls Varsity Basketball, Boys Varsity Basketball, Boys JV Basketball, Boys Freshmen Basketball, Girls Varsity Soccer, Girls JV Soccer, Boys Varsity Tennis, Boys Varsity Golf, Girls Varsity Swimming, Girls JV Swimming, Girls FS Track, Boys Varsity Volleyball, Boys JV Volleyball
PAL Meet/Tournament Champions
Girls Basketball, Girls Varsity Swimming, Girls JV Swimming, Boys Varsity Track, Girls Varsity Track

Coaches Honored
Adhir Ravipati, PCA Double Coach Award and California Coaches Association's NorCal Football Coach of the Year
Pam Wimberly, Inductee into M-A and CCA's Hall of Fame
Paul Snow, CCA's NorCal Girls Athletic Director of the Year
Steven Kryger, CCA's NorCal Boys Athletic Director of the Year

PAL Commissioners Cup Champions:

2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017

The Commissioners 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.

Special Interest Opportunities

  • Hundreds of students are actively involved in more than 80 clubs and social organizations, including nationally ranked Robotics Team, Outreach Club, National Honor Society, and Key Club.
  • Award winning Jazz Band & Jazz Combo won 1st place at the Delta Jazz Festival. Jazz Band won 1st place and Sweepstakes Trophy for highest scoring band at the Worldstrides Onstage Music Festival in Anaheim. 
  • Award winning Orchestra won a Gold Medal at the Festival of Gold in Chicago. Wind Ensemble placed 2nd and received a Silver Medal at the Worlstrides Onstage Music Festival in Anaheim.
  • Orchestra was invited to perform at the Festival of Gold in Nashville, Tennessee.
  • The Environmental Club program "Behavior Change or Climate Change" won the competitive statewide environmental 2011 Climate Generation contest.
  • M-A's Professional Development program received a Kent Award from the San Mateo County School Boards Association in 2010.