Application Process

It's Colors Tuesday during Spirit Week at Menlo School. Photo by pete Zivkov.

We hope the information below will help you plan your admission process. Menlo uses the Ravenna-Hub platform for registration for admission events and the application. 


Ravenna Set-Up Steps

  • Ravenna Account Setup here:
  • Sign up for Informational Admissions Events: Preview Days, Tours, Equity and Inclusion Conversations
  • Delegate Recommendation Requests to your student’s teachers
  • Request Transcript 
  • Schedule Required Admissions Interview
  • Application Due by January 6, 2022



Admissions Decisions Will be Posted Online

March 18, 2022 after 4:00 p.m.

Enrollment Contracts and Deposits are Due

March 25, 2022 by 12:00 p.m.

Menlo Application

The Menlo application is composed of elements that highlight a student’s academic attributes and their personal character. The following items are required as part of the application:

  • Short answer and essay questions for parents and students.
  • Teacher Recommendations
  • Counselor or Principal Recommendation
  • Transcript
  • Interview

Menlo School Test-Optional Policy 2021-2022

As California begins to emerge from the pandemic, we are moving from an all-virtual admissions process to a hybrid one. Some of our events will remain virtual and some will be in-person on our campus. Beginning in September, families will be able to register for all of our events through their Ravenna account.

Test-Optional for Fall 2022

As part of our commitment to equity for all applicants, Menlo will not require standardized testing for Fall 2022 admission. We recognize that standardized testing creates inequities for a variety of reasons, from bias to unequal access to test prep and tutoring. We also recognize that standardized testing creates stress for many students and their families.

If students have taken or will take the ISEE or SSAT and wish to submit their scores, they may. We will also accept any other standardized testing a student has taken in the past two years. We want to emphasize that applicants who do not submit test scores will not be disadvantaged in any way in our admissions process. Test scores have always been only one part of our holistic evaluation process, and we have never had a score requirement or arbitrary score cutoff.

During this past admission cycle, 25% of applicants submitted test scores and 25% of admitted students had ISEE or SSAT scores in their application.