Programs and Strategic Plan

Creating a diverse and inclusive community.

Our Program

The academic program includes courses that explore literature, languages, and histories from around the world and frequently take a global perspective. Specifically, the required Freshman Seminar on Identity explores the relationship between identity and community. 

As part of their professional development, many Menlo faculty members attend and present at local and national workshops and conferences on diversity and inclusion, and the School hosts speakers at faculty in-service workshops.

In addition to many other conferences they attend, students and faculty attend and present at the yearly People of Color Conference and the Student Diversity Leadership Conference run by the National Association of Independent Schools. There, participants understand their roles in advancing their schools’ equity and justice around racial and ethnic identity, and students work with trained adult and peer facilitators to develop effective cross-cultural communication skills and effective strategies for social justice. Faculty also present on diversity topics at the annual California Association of Independent Schools conference.

Menlo hosts many events and speakers for students, faculty, and parents on diversity and global issues. Students and faculty also organize on-campus events that celebrate diverse cultures, such as Hispanic Heritage Month events, the biannual International Fair and performances by groups from around the world.

Strategic Plan 2021-2022

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United Campus Culture and Inclusive Leadership Development

The School will continue to cultivate a healthy and inclusive culture that builds greater unity within our community, thus enhancing the overall experience of students, parents, staff, and faculty.

Faculty of Color Recruitment and Retention

The School will successfully recruit and retain highly qualified educators representing diverse backgrounds and ethnicities.

Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging Professional Development

The School will offer equity-centered learning opportunities for all employees and parents, introducing best practices that will become parts of daily life and encouraging collaborative interaction with colleagues and families.

Academic Support and Social-Emotional Learning

The School will provide and improve relevant and robust support programs that respond to the academic, social, and emotional needs of all students, ensuring that historically underrepresented students, members of the LGBTQ+IA community, students with neurological differences, and their families are provided an equitable and inclusive experience. 

School-wide Family Support Services

The School will curate and deliver impactful services that will enhance and inform the parent experience. 

Board of Trustees Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging Professional Learning and Leadership

Develop an ongoing professional learning community, whereby the School’s Board of Trustees are familiarized with the School’s Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging Strategic Plan that was developed through the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) recommendations and a campus-wide process and approved by the senior team, along with other internal and external documents addressing matters of equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging. 

Affinity Group and Community Outreach and Leadership

The School will proactively seek to develop, support, and maintain a one-school ethos by way of intentional and collaborative efforts representing all of its constituencies. From the annual work done, all activities will elevate and promote bonding, belonging, and a sense of community throughout the School.

Strategic Plan 2020-2021

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Strategic Plan 2014-2019

View specific details of the 2014-2019 Strategic Plan here.