For Prospective Families

Admissions Process

1: Inquiry
2: Qualification
3: Shadow Day
4: Application

Attend an Open House or Information Session to learn more about the definition of gifted children, how gifted learning differs from traditional classrooms, Menlo Park Academy’s unique approach to gifted education, and get answers to questions about enrolling.


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

Experience our flexible learning spaces, talk to teachers, participate in activities and see for yourself why gifted children thrive here. Open Houses are great fo the whole family to 

Information Nights

This “Q & A Session” event is perfect for parents and guardians to learn more about Menlo Park Academy. Information Nights are deeper dives on all things Menlo, including what it means to be gifted, and key indicators of gifted children.

Qualifying for enrollment to Menlo Park Academy begins with submitting your child’s results for gifted identification on a state-approved assessment. There are three options that parents can pursue to qualify a child as gifted:

Gifted Identification at Current School District

If your child has been identified as gifted, please submit a letter from the school’s gifted coordinator stating the identification. Alternatively, you may also submit your child’s test report for a state-approved assessment (such as NWEA/MAP, IOWA, CogAT, WISC-IV).

Gifted Testing at Menlo Park Academy

Menlo Park Academy provides free testing for prospective students ages 4 and A Half and older. For more information and our testing dates, please see our calendar for upcoming testing days.

Private Gifted Testing

You may have the child tested by an independent facility or psychologist. Referrals are available upon request.

Beginning in the Fall, we invite prospective students to experience firsthand what daily student life is like at Menlo Park Academy. Prospective students can experience classes, engage in discussion with teachers and current students, and begin building friendships that last a lifetime.

While Shadow Days are not a required step for admission to Menlo Park Academy, they are encouraged to help prospective students understand our unique approach to gifted education and our academic standards.

What to Know for Your On-Campus Shadow Day

  • Before your visit to Menlo Park Academy, our Admissions Office and your student host will contact you about what to expect during your campus visit.
  • Plan to arrive at 8 a.m. and enter the building through the North Doors (nearest the flagpole). Our receptionist will greet you, and a member of the Admissions Team and your student host will be there to welcome you.
  • Kindergarten Shadow Days frequently wrap up after lunch, and grade 1-8 Shadow Days wrap up between 2-2:30 p.m. Our Admissions team will recap the highlights for parents to conclude the day.

Once your child has qualified, you can complete an application for enrollment and submit the necessary paperwork to the Admissions Office.

There are two types of documents and a deposit to submit with your application:

Birth Certificate

A copy of your child’s notarized birth certificate.

Proof of Residency

A current utility bill, mail from a government entity, bank statement from the past 30 days, mortgage or current rental agreement.


Provide a $100 deposit to secure your child’s seat, which is applied to the Materials and Activity Fees for the school year. If seats are unavailable, the Admissions Office will place your child on a waiting list until an opening is available. No deposit will be due during a waitlist period.