The Menlo Difference
At Menlo Park Academy, we understand the unique qualities of gifted children. Our school is designed to meet the asynchronous development of our students' emotional, physical, and academic abilities. Our gifted students are able to learn and grow with their peers and feel a sense of belonging that may not be found in traditional classrooms, where they feel different and may attempt to fit in academically by “dumbing down” their classroom performance.
At Menlo Park Academy, we provide gifted classrooms at all grade levels from Kindergarten to eighth grade. Our curriculum offers more density and complexity, and moves at a faster pace than is available in typical school environments. We offer a core curriculum in the subject areas of math, language arts, science, and social studies. Because gifted students require less repetition to learn material, our curriculum moves at a faster pace than those of traditional schools, and our teachers are able to cover core subjects with more depth and complexity.
Each student at Menlo Park Academy receives an individualized learning plan, called a Written Education Plan. This plan guides each learner to work at an appropriate pace and accelerate in areas where they have strong interests and abilities while they receive support from faculty members who understand their unique needs. Individualized plans also allow parents and teachers to partner together to help our students reach important milestones in their development.
Menlo Park Academy's enrichment offerings include technology, art, music, foreign languages, and health/physical education at all grade levels. We also provide student-selected electives that vary by grade level. Additional lessons in character education, library sciences, social and emotional needs, student success skills, and the arts are woven throughout the coursework and enriched with field trips, assemblies, contests, and after-school clubs.