About Us

Our Mission

Menlo Park Academy is a public school that develops the potential of gifted children through an exemplary program of rewarding experiences that nurtures the whole child.

We focus on each of the following concepts individually:

Public School
We are a public community school with open enrollment and no tuition charges.

Gifted Children
Our school is designed for those students identified as intellectually gifted according to the rules of the state of Ohio.

Exemplary
We offer a curriculum as unique as our students with the appropriate pace, acceleration, and differentiation options to address the varied needs of our students.

Rewarding
We build our students’ self-confidence and enjoyment, so they maintain their love of learning.

Experiences
We believe that true learning comes from experiences. Students dive deeply into topics via in-school activities and outside events.

Whole Child
We create a school environment that provides an understanding of the unique qualities of gifted children and the frequently asynchronous development of their emotional, physical, and academic abilities.

Our Philosophy

Gifted children are an at-risk group of learners. They need a dynamic environment customized to their individual needs. They deserve enriched experiences designed to develop their skills and their unique intellectual, social and emotional needs. 
 
Our innovative model offers more density and complexity, and moves at a faster pace than a typical school. Students are also afforded the opportunity to interact and build friendships with their intellectual peers.

Our Values

Integrity Driven
Our goals and decisions are courageous and bold, and always transparent, ethical and compassionate. We are committed to providing a unique and challenging environment for the gifted child where they may collaborate and learn with their intellectual peers.
 
Community Centered
We believe that a strong, collaborative partnership begins with trust, respect and commitment. Our communication within our most valued resource – a school community of parents, students, staff and supporters – is thoughtful, transparent and collaborative.

Student Focused
In everything we do, we strive to ignite sparks of interest and passion as well as excite a self-directed love of learning at an accelerated pace. Our mission is to offer an exemplary, vibrant and unique program that will enable our intellectually exceptional children to identify and maximize their talents, while achieving academic, emotional and social success. 
 
Empowered
We balance, challenge and demand with support, encouragement and accountability.  We offer a nurturing learning environment where each student grows in confidence while experimenting, thinking independently and learning to work cooperatively in a global society. Students and staff are motivated to take initiative and use critical thinking skills to creatively solve problems.

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