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4-8
Public
Menlo Park, CA
Students enrolled: 688
Before care: Yes
After care: Yes

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2200 Sharon Road
Menlo Park, CA 94025

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(650) 854-3962
(650) 854-5947
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July 25, 2014
La Entrada has been an excellent school for my daughter Bella (7 grade). We moved from Chicago a year ago and everybody was so welcoming and helpful. My daughter was challenged in Math, so the school (Mr. Ortola, math teacher) inmediately designed a peer tutor for her. Mr. Costello also helped her a lot. All teachers were sensitive that She was new and everybody helped making a smooth transition for her. i would recommend this school to any parent who is looking for great quality teachers and excellence.

- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2014
I am a seventh grader at La Entrada. La Entrada is a great school because each teacher really cares about his/her students. All of the teachers are truly amazing at what they do. La Entrada also has some very special courses like black and white photography including a darkroom to develop photos in, which most schools don't have. Also, every single 6-8 student has their very own iPad, along with tech support to help them if they need. There are also two gardens where students can grow many different plants. The science program is amazing. Today in class, we had the opportunity to dissect worms. We have also done many assignments on different creatures' biology. The teachers really go deeper than just giving the answers to questions- they make us think critically and go beyond the information in the textbooks. To sum up, La Entrada is a gem as far as middle schools go.

- submitted by a community member
May 15, 2013
Fine, but not great like its sister school Las Lomitas. If only La Entrada could learn from Las Lomitas then it could also be a wonderful school. It is a missed opportunity.

- submitted by a community member
May 03, 2013
The school is not bad, it is just a little old fashioned and bit limited in creativity. The motto here is work for the sake of work. Learning is mainly memorizing the study guides that the teacher gives you which need to be regurgitated on the test verbatim. If your child is truly gifted in an area then they might find the environment here rather stifling. It is surprising to find such a rigid and old fashion environment in the heart of Silicon Valley which values the innovative and creative.

- submitted by a parent
February 29, 2012
I love La Entrada. La Entrada is the best school ever. This is because any other school can't beat La Entrada

- submitted by a community member
November 30, 2011
I attended LE from 4-8th grade, and was one of the best decisions of my life. The teachers are very thorough and prepared me immensely for highschool -- even the PE classes are more rigid then those in high school. Excellent school, although the administration is a little off-color at times.

- submitted by a community member
June 16, 2011
It's interesting to see all the mixed reviews here. In Menlo Park, it is known that the Las Lomitas School District (Las Lomitas and La Entrada) is THE school to aspire to In Melo Park ans surrounding towns. The new(ish) principal and vice-pricipal are well regarded by students and parents. With all the cuts in the CA budgets, families have been asked to step up their contributions to the education foundation. In 2010 the foundation raised and gifted $2.4M to help keep class sizes small, and to keep Arts, language and Physical Ed in the schools. The community is one that cares about education, and is very involved,. I have three kids in this school and we have been happy with the education that they have, and are receiving. And, yes, some teachers are better than others, but overall, the quality is above average.

- submitted by a parent
February 08, 2011
Typical public school in an affluent area with alot of emphasis on family involvement. Families are expected to contribute alot as if the school is going broke, which I suppose is normal since all public schools are facing budget cuts. Seems bureaucratic since there is only two little schools in the district so it's admin heavy and lacking in special needs (gifted, arts, music, disabilities).

- submitted by a parent
January 30, 2011
Our family moved to the area for a job in silicon valley, so my kids have been in schools in another state. This school might be great for standards in CA, but it doesn't compare to where we came from. They only get around 11K per child so we didn't expect much but still, this is supposse to be one of the best (by API standrds) in CA. Lots of emphasis on test taking and academics, a good thing for SAT's etc., but social skills, creativity, and arts is average.

- submitted by a parent
November 03, 2010
I find it hard to believe that this school received a few negative reviews. This is the third year my daughter has attended La Entrada and I have no complaints. They have plenty of extra curricular activities available including foreign languages, sports, and music programs. They offer math programs to suit each child's needs from the most basic of classes to an advanced class that puts them on track to complete geometry beofre the start of high school. They offer tutoring after school which is run by parent volunteers. I think some people will never be satisfied and expect teachers to teach their children everything and hold them responsible for their child's failures when the parents should actually take some accountability. Teachers can only accomplish so much in 8 hours and the learning should continue at home.

- submitted by a parent
September 02, 2010
The quality of teachers here is all over the place - some are excellent while others are completely "green" (not the eco-friendly kind, the new and inexperienced kind). Getting any kind of additional help for your child if they are struggling in an area, such as math, is challenging and the tutoring program is lacking guidance and any kind of feedback mechanism. Parent involvement is excellent - but almost to the point of feeling like you're in high school again - it can be very cliquey.

- submitted by a parent
August 15, 2010
Very disappointing. Our kids have encountered a couple good teachers. Administration and specialists generally unfit for positions, some, shockingly so and in fact, scarily aggressive and/or bureaucratic to the point of being harmful and/or ineffective. If you child is gifted or has any differences (likes special sports or activities, has personality and is outgoing, wants to work on own, anything that sticks out) find a better school where they can enjoy and perhaps learn something worth remembering from middle school. Otherwise, computer would teach a student better with less overall harm.

- submitted by a parent
June 24, 2010
My child has attended 4th & 5th grades so far and I'm still not very excited about this school. Anyone who can afford to live in this district is fortunate indeed because while many schools have lost their funding for programs like art and music in these financially challenging times, the parents who can afford to, make hefty contributions in order to preserve the quality of education they've come to expect . The school is well-equipped with the latest technology of smart boards and PC's, and there are many great programs and features about the school, but it definitely falls short in special ed services, and they don't "teach" math at La Entrada. The students bring home their homework and the parents are expected to teach them. Lots of pressure on both teachers and students to perform.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
I love La Entrada because we are the La Entrada Leopards, because I graduated from here and my Daughter, because of how they try and bring out the best in each of their students and because it means Entrance-Entrance into a successful education-

- submitted by a community member
June 10, 2009
Special education services are poor to nonexistent. Resource program is unorganized. Children with special needs are not being served.

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 06, 2009
This school is continually working toward continuing their vision of excellence. The teachers are amazing and the Assistant Principal who has been there 9 years is the glue who holds the school together. As a leader, she is professional and an excellent communicator. She has initiated so many programs that have benefitted the whole child.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 21, 2009
La Entrada was an incredible experience for both my children, and the entire family. LE gave them both the background they needed to succeed: After graduating from Menlo-Atherton, one is now a senior at UC Berkeley, and the other just admitted to Stanford. The teaching quality is terrific, the school has a caring administration, and overall La Entrada offers the perfect blend of nurturance and challenge to young students. An A++ school!

- submitted by a parent
February 18, 2009
I went to La Entrada and graduated last year. I was constantly engaged in extracurricular activities. In 4-7th grade I played basketball on the La Entrada team and claimed 2nd place. All of the teachers are very energetic and excited to help with any issues that a student my need. They stay extra to make sure you grasp the concept. When i attended La Entrada it was amazing, since it was like we were all a family. When graduation came along there was nothing but tears, from teachers and students. You create such a bond and when you move on to high school it is like leaving your family. There is always a 'family' established at schools, but at La Entrada everyone makes sure that you are involved in every activity. After your 5 years at La Entrada you will never regret any opportunities, experiences, and friendships.

- submitted by a community member
February 09, 2009
La Entrada is a great challenging school for your child. It extra courses like geometry are great . The parents help out alot and the new principe is great.

- submitted by a parent
November 16, 2008
The school is not a great program for gifted kids. They say all kids are gifted. Give me a break. They are not that great toward kids with LD either. Great facilities. Parent donate tons of $$$. Perfect school for a normal average upper middle class kid

- submitted by a parent
October 01, 2008
Most reviews here are a few years old. Now there is a new Principal who is absolutely fantastic. My daughter loves La Entrada, the teachers are outstanding. This years she has 6 different teachers and all are absolutely outstanding, I think that through my 12 years in school I maybe had 3 or 4 this skilled, enthusiastic and dedicated teachers.

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January 29, 2008
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November 23, 2007
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- submitted by a student
March 28, 2007
I have had two daughters attend La Entrada, both at different levels of learning ability. My first daughter had a slight learning challenge and needed help that was not available so she was home schooled. My second who now attends is brilliant and is number 1 or 2 in her class. Both had caring and excellent teachers. Latin language, jazz band, math, core, basketball, she doesn't have enough time in the day to take all of the interesting classes! A great school, the parents are upper class but don't act stuffy - most are very nice and try their best to be involved - it is what it is.

- submitted by a parent
October 21, 2006
It seems amazing and that every child that has gone there is improving in all subjects. My friend's daughter goes there and she was on the high honor roll. This school makes every child feel like they are special in there own way. The teachers also give a lot of time and effort in to helping each student to their personal learning capabilities. The teacheers are so well educated that if I moved half way around the world, I would definetly miss the school. The school also has many great after school activities such as basketball, track, volleyball, tennis, and many more. This school is so amazing. That is all what my friend told me and when I visited it was amazing no matterif you are new you felll always welcomed.

- submitted by a student
September 18, 2006
La Entrada is particularly hard on students who aren't at the top of the class. Our experience there was quite painful, with little support from certain teachers and not much availability to discuss the problems our child was having. The school needs staff and teacher development to learn how to better help students with learning challenges. Many students leave after having a tough year there.

- submitted by a parent
June 10, 2006
It is an excellent school in the Bay Area. Specially Latin of Foreign Language is so great. English and Social Studies for 7th grade are really advanced. Writing session is also well organized. Science and Mathmatics are all high leveled. Parent involvements are only done for the school events, but not for the classroom.

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2006
The teachers at La Entrada are fantastic. The administration feels procedure and rules need to be strictly enforced. My child suffers from a learning disability and the support is appalling. It is as though the disability does not exist. If we sweep it under the rug it will go away. This school would do very well to pay attention to those that are different and learn tolerance and sensitivity. The child who is not the norm can teach this school a lesson and help them to become the outstanding school they truly strive to be. If all are accepted and encouraged people would flock to this school. The teacher are its saving grace!

- submitted by a parent
April 05, 2006
La Entrada is a high performance school with a wealth of resources, but there are a number of 'problem parents'. The administration tries to intervene but they are not strong enough.

- submitted by a parent
March 26, 2006
The school offers academic rigor, a focus on discipline and responsibility and very good parent community. One of the best publicschools in CA.

- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2006
The teachers at La Entrada are fantastic. The administration is a bit stodgy and wed to rules and procedure. My child suffers from a learning disability and the support is poor. We are thinking of moving our daughter to another school for this reason. The child who is not the norm does not fit in well at this school.

- submitted by a parent
October 23, 2005
Children with learning disabilities may struggle here; peers can be hostile and teachers (other than resource staff) not very accommodating in this environment of high expectations. Our LD child was bullied and ridiculed. Although administration repeatedly intervened, we eventually moved to another school.

- submitted by a parent
May 28, 2005
La Entrada is a public school which offers private school education. The teachers are very dedicated. There is also heavy parent involvement.

- submitted by a parent
April 13, 2005
Academic programs are great. The teachers are passionate, qulaified and generally quite phenomenal. Parent involvement may be seen as over the top. Some of the parents are an absolute nightmare and have driven some of the staff (who have high standards) out of the teaching profession.

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2005
La Entrada is an incredible school, and the Las Lomitas School District is the 'crown jewel' of Menlo Park/Atherton's public schools. From the terrific leadership of principal Dee Brummett, to the highly intelligent and motivated teaching staff, La Entrada provides students with a terrific learning environment. My children are both (or will soon be) La Entrada graduates. Based on the academic foundation my oldest son received, he has gone on to excell in high school, with a 1500 SAT and acceptances to some of the world's greatest universities. We owe it all to Las Lomitas and La Entrada!

- submitted by a parent
March 09, 2005
La Entrada is an amazing school with dedicated teachers, and great kids.

- submitted by a parent
January 23, 2005
La Entrada is a great school. It has a very insulated feel about it. There is a large amount of parent involvement at LE. The school is very open to the many programs that the active parent community has put in place. Academics are strong, however there are few options for students who exceed their grade level. There are enrichment opportunities for these kids. Attendance is high and the sports are well organized and remain fun, rather than overly competitive. The atmosphere at the school is positive, among staff, students and parents. The music program at this time is lacking, however in years past was superb. It has been a great school for all three of my children overall.

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May 21, 2004
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La Entrada Middle School
2200 Sharon Road, Menlo Park, CA  94025
(650) 854-3962
Last modified La Entrada Middle School is a Public school that serves grades 4-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
La Entrada Middle School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 41 reviews. Top