Admissions Events

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See the Menlo Difference for Yourself!

Ready to discover if Menlo Park Academy is right for your gifted student? Throughout the year, our Admissions Team offers Open Houses, Information Nights, Tours and Shadow Visits to give you and your student a glimpse into a day as a Menlo Wizard. We also offer free Testing Days to determine if your student qualifies.

Because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, MPA has safety guidelines in place for in-person events (such as tours, testing days or open houses), which include social distancing, temperature screenings, wearing facemasks, and hand sanitizing. Please reference our Return to School Plan to review the safety measures in place for our community.


Interested in touring our 80,000-square-foot educational learning space? Our Admissions Team would love to show you around! Contact us to schedule an in-person tour.

Open Houses

Bring the whole family and learn more about Menlo Park Academy, Ohio’s only tuition-free school for gifted children in grades K-8. Take a tour, experience our flexible learning spaces, talk to our teachers, participate in activities and see for yourself why gifted children thrive here.

Information Nights

Our virtual Information Nights are “Q & A Session” events, perfect for parents and guardians to learn more about Menlo Park Academy. Information Nights are deeper dives on all things Menlo, with most of the event devoted to your questions. With our Information Nights, you will gain a detailed overview of:

  • Key indicators of gifted children, and what it means to be “gifted.”
  • How gifted learning is different from traditional classrooms, and Menlo Park Academy’s approach to curriculum.
  • A whole-child approach to learning through an exemplary program designed to be rewarding for gifted children.
  • Why Menlo Park Academy is right for your gifted child, and the qualification criteria to enroll.
  • Answers to many of the common questions that parents ask during the enrollment process.

Information Night

6:00 pm - 7:00 pmOnline

Testing Days

Our Admissions Team holds free Testing Days throughout the year for prospective students. Testing is proctored by current Menlo Park Academy faculty members, and results are shared via email within one week of testing.

For students in Pre-School through Second Grade in 2021-22: The NNAT (Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test) is a nonverbal test, using shapes and figures to evaluate the problem-solving and reasoning abilities of a child without relying on their language skills. It is typically a 30-minute assessment.

For students in Grades 3-8 in 2021-22: The CogAT Test measures the level and pattern of cognitive development of a student compared to age mates and grade mates. These general reasoning abilities, which start developing at birth and continue through early adulthood, are influenced by experiences gained both in and out of school. It is typically a 2.5-3 hour assessment.