MENLO SCHOOL • SINCE 1915

Students cheer at the welcome back assembly August 2023.

Are you ready to be a Knight?

Applying to Menlo

Key Dates and Deadlines

Here’s an overview of the important dates and deadlines to keep in mind throughout your admissions journey.

September 3, 2024

  • Admissions Application, Financial Aid Application, and Event Registration Open

October 2024 - January 2025

  • Admissions Events & Interviews

January 9, 2025

  • Admissions Application Deadline
    (Family-controlled forms and interview)
  • Financial Aid Application & 2022-2023 Federal Tax Documents for Prospective Students are Due

January 31, 2025

  • Remaining Application Items are Due
    (e.g. recommendation forms, transcripts)

March 1, 2025

  • 2023 Tax Documents for Financial Aid Applicants are Due

March 21, 2025, after 4:00 pm

  • Admissions Decisions are Published on Ravenna and Notification Emails are Sent

March 28, 2025, before 12:00 pm

  • Enrollment Contracts & Deposits are Due

Get started by signing up for a Ravenna account and see the Steps to Apply below.

 Steps to Apply

Step 1: Inquire & Create Your Ravenna Account


Complete your student and family profile on Ravenna. From the School Directory, select Menlo School and click Apply. Through Ravenna you will then be able to register for a variety of Menlo admission events and access our online application.


Step 2: Get to Know Menlo


We offer a wide variety of admissions events for families so that you can learn more about our school and connect with the Menlo community. Visit our Events & Visits page or your Ravenna account to see what events might be of interest to your family as you explore Menlo. Registration for all events is required and space is limited. 


Step 3: Schedule Your Student Interview


Student interviews are a required step in our admissions process. We encourage you to register early for an appointment well ahead of the application deadline. Appointments are available starting in October 2024. Our last interview appointments will take place in January of 2025. Additional appointments will not be available after and appointments fill quickly.


Step 4: Submit Your Application


Applications and all family-controlled forms are due on Thursday, January 9, 2025. All remaining application items (e.g. recommendation forms, transcripts) must be received on or before January 31, 2025. The Admissions Office will reach out directly to families and/or sending schools about incomplete applications prior to this deadline. Ravenna may not immediately reflect an application as completed as we review each item received. Applications completed after the deadline will be considered late and we cannot guarantee an on-time decision.

A complete application to Menlo will include:

Middle School: Grades 6-8

  • Preliminary Application
  • Parent/Guardian Statement
  • Student Statement
  • Kira Family Video Questionnaire
  • Current and Previous Year Transcripts
  • Principal/Counselor Recommendation
  • Current Year Teacher Recommendation
  • Previous Year Teacher Recommendation
  • Completed Student Visit & Interview
  • $100.00 Application Fee or Waiver

Upper School: Grades 9-12

  • Preliminary Application
  • Parent/Guardian Statement
  • Student Statement
  • Kira Family Video Questionnaire
  • Current and Previous Year Transcripts
  • Principal/Counselor Recommendation
  • Current English Teacher Recommendation
  • Current Math Teacher Recommendation
  • Completed Student Interview
  • $100.00 Application Fee or Waiver
     

For the 2024-2025 season, Menlo has removed standardized testing from its admission process. ISEE, SSAT, and HSPT test scores will neither be accepted nor reviewed. International applicants are required to submit TOEFL scores if the primary language of instruction at the student’s current academic institution is not English.


Step 5: Apply for Financial Aid (Optional)


Menlo is dedicated to serving a diverse student population and families from every economic background. Thanks to our community’s generous contributions, we proudly maintain a need-blind admissions process supported by a strong Financial Aid program. Everyone is encouraged to apply without hesitation, regardless of financial resources.

Applications for the Financial Aid Program should be submitted through Clarity. 

Special Circumstances

Students engage with a teacher in the 9th grade physics course. International Applications

Students who attend school outside of the United States, are not citizens or permanent residents of the United States, are fluent in written and spoken English, and are relocating to the Bay Area with at least one parent or legal guardian can apply using the international application.

International Application Details

Transfer Applications

While our main entry points are in 6th and 9th grade during the fall term, we welcome applications for 7th, 8th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grades. Although our enrollment is typically full, we occasionally have openings for transfer students. Availability is assessed after our re-enrollment period concludes in early March. Please note that we do not consider mid-year transfer applications.

Middle School Students Cheer during an all-school assembly. Late Applications

Menlo will accept applications after the regular January 9, 2023 deadline, however, these applications will be placed into our late applicant pool. Students applying as late applicants are considered only for a space in our wait pool. Late applications, including all required forms listed in Ravenna, must be submitted and received on or before May 1, 2024 (applications completed after this date will not be considered). Late applicant interviews will begin in April 2024 and late applicants will be informed of their admissions decisions after the regular season has concluded. To begin a late application, please login or create your Ravenna account. 

 

Admissions FAQ

 Below are answers to a few general questions that we are frequently asked. If you have any questions that are not answered here, please reach out to us at admissions@menloschool.org or call 650.330.2001 ext. 2600. We are here to help! 

 

Non-Discrimination Policy

Menlo School admits students of any race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the School. The School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, employment policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic or other school administered programs.

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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

 

  

Admissions Decisions Will be Posted Online

March 17, 2023 after 4:00 p.m.

Enrollment Contracts and Deposits are Due

March 24, 2023 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:

Menlo School Admission Events 2022-2023

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.

Testing Policy for the 2022-2023 Admission Season

Menlo will remain test-optional for the 2022-2023 Admission Season. As part of our commitment to equity for all applicants, Menlo will not require testing for Fall 2023 admission. We recognize that standardized testing creates inequities for a variety of reasons, from bias to unequal access to test prep and tutoring. We will continue to evaluate the role of standardized tests in our admission process moving forward.