M Term

M Term: Learning Out in the World

9th grade students partake in an M Term course investigating California

In May, after the conclusion of APs and finals, Menlo students engage in immersive mini courses designed to get them learning out in our local and global communities. Hands-on and experiential, the M Term curriculum aligns with Menlo’s mission to empower students to become ethical, responsible, and engaged members of ever-wider communities and help them develop a sense of commitment to purposes larger than themselves. This new curricular initiative was launched in May 2018 as a week-long pilot program, and it will likely expand to two and maybe even three weeks in the coming years. (Look for an overview of classes for classes in December.)

M Term Overview


Students partake in one of a series of classes organized around the theme of “making change.” After exploring the ways that citizens have historically shaped the physical environments and human communities of our region, students are invited to become change-makers themselves by participating in hands-on activities and educating their peers.


In 10th Grade, students take classes that grapple with the human dimension of local social and public policy challenges like poverty and homelessness, access to education, and criminal justice and incarceration.

These 9th and 10th Grade classes have an experiential education focus and many feature field trips, awareness building, as well as a service orientation.


Eleventh graders choose from a slate of innovative, collaborative, interdisciplinary classes that take advantage of the new schedule (full-day classes) to offer exciting, project-based learning opportunities not possible during the regular-year schedule. View the 2018 M Term course offerings for juniors


During May, twelfth-grade students execute senior projects over the course of the month as is the Menlo tradition. However, some seniors might be interested in utilizing M Term for their senior projects by co-developing and serving as a TA for an M Term class as their project.

Menlo Abroad – M Term Global Travel For Grades 9-11

Menlo’s global travel program is another option for students to consider in lieu of the other M Term courses. The international trips, which all feature homestays, depart in late May with students staying overseas until mid-June. To date, Menlo Abroad programs go to Guatemala, India, China, and Tanzania.