After a frustrating middle school experience (not frustrating for my son who enjoyed the "challenge" of doing as little as possible), I was looking for a high school that my son could graduate from with the option of going to a 4-year college and where he would have a regular high school experience. As an independent thinker, he had a few criteria of his own for any school he would consider such as no uniform and no religious affiliation. Wondering how these many conditions could be accommodated, I happened upon a gem of a high school called Mid Peninsula High School. The teachers at Mid Pen are wonderful and they have a great system that allows them to keep track of each student apparently seamlessly. One of the best things about the school, and something I had not even considered when signing him up there was the college application process. While my friends were tearing their hair out over their kid s college applications, I was able to sit back and put my feet up (finally!) because it was handled entirely at school through their awesome college advisor. Now I am the happy parent of a student who is successfully holding his own at a well-regarded 4 year college.
This school works well for students whose parents are willing to curry favor with the administration. It maintains high ratings by kicking out the kids who don't fit in.
When you get to the point that you and your teenager cannot agree on how to move ahead through high school, Mid-Pen steps in and provides a safe environment for teenagers to address their "issues" without the family confrontations. Wise and caring faculty guide students via a stong advisory program. Failures become learning opportunities or chances to work through school problems on the student's own timeline. We may be loking at summer school to achieve full credits, but with much lower stress levels. There is plenty of meat and challenge in the curriculum to engage students where they want to be met. Our student's self-esteem has risen through an all-inclusive sports program that encouraged trying two new althletic endeavors during the first year at Mid-Pen. Visual arts and the robotics club have also supported our student's passions outside the classroom. As a family we have been warmly welcomed to the fun-loving Mid-Pen community. Parents supporting parents and a strong counseling program create a baseline of "normalcy" in the crazy teenage years. Rich parent -ed opportunities abound with internal and external events taking place regularly. Check it out !
The high school experience shouldn't be about survival, hoping to emerge in four years with an acceptance letter to college. Mid-Pen understands this. It provides a solid college-preparatory program, but the emphasis is on the here and now, not on what's going to happen after high school. Students are on a first name basis with their teachers, who are among the area's best. The atmosphere is caring and compassionate, allowing students to flourish. My child is thriving in ways I never expected.
Success! What a joy it is to have a child come home to tell me that it was a great day again! Mid-Pen has offered enough structure for learning to take place along with a complementary flexibility to meet my child's needs. Stress has been replaced with enthusiasm and an interest in her academics. Teachers are consistently caring, prepared for classes and know their students.
If you have seen the documentary, Race to Nowhere, you know how crucially important excellent teachers and innovative curriculum are to learning. Mid Pen embodies both of these essential ingredients in creating and delivering upon a first-rate education. Small classes, project based learning, committed teachers, and a full range of sports, arts and community service are the elements that make the Mid Pen community thrive. This isn t just a school for kids who haven t found an environment that brings out the best in them; this is an excellent environment for bringing out the best in all high school students!
Our son was having a difficult time in the Palo Alto public schools, primarily because of the large class size. He really needed some individual attention. After he struggled for too long, we found Mid-Pen. It was just what he needed and within a few months he turned around completely and went from dreading and hating school to really getting into it.I wholeheartedly recommend Mid-Pen
Students who attend Mid-Pen come from all over the Bay Area. My son is in 9th grade and takes Cal Train to school from San Jose. When I spoke to the Head of the School about my son s learning style it was refreshing to hear him articulate what I had tried to explain to teachers and administrators for years. I am not an over protective parent I just know my son has a unique learning style that is not easily reached in an overfilled traditional classroom. My son is thriving at Mid-Pen! Social connections that had completely broken down in Middle School are now back on track. He enjoys going to school and talks about what he is learning in normal conversations. It is quite different from the boy who told me, just last year, that people would be embarrassed to be seen in public with him.
My son is in 9th grade at Mid-Pen high school. He is now a model student who is happy to get up and go to school in the morning, and is getting 4 A's and a B in his college prep curriculum. In middle school, he would not do his homework and he tried his best to get out of going to school. Things I like: small class size, no more than 15 students in a class room at a time, means teachers have time to focus on each child and his/her independent learning style; dynamic teachers who get and hold the kids' attention; 9:30 a.m. start time lets teenagers get the sleep they need; no teasing policy strictly enforced makes for a safe learning environment.
My son attends Mid-Penn High at Menlo Park. Within a semester, his GPA has gone up, he is more involved in a school team sport (since Mid-Penn does not cut anybody!!) and seems much happier about school overall. I would strongly recommend this school if your child is not happy at a public school. Not all kids thrive at a cookie cutter environment which requires lots of self motivation to succeed. Here at Mid-Penn, the staff is very supportive, and seem to know each kid by name. The only drawback that I can think of is that this school is not very pushy academically; but then that approach does not work well on all kids anyways...
My son is a Junior this year at Mid-Pen and he couldn't be happier. He never wanted to go to a large high school because he had some anxiety about large groups, getting lost and not having teachers who really knew him and cared about him. At Mid-Pen, he is not lost in any sense of the word and the teachers know him VERY well and all really seem to care about him and all his classmates. We are thrilled that we were able to find this school and that my son is thriving there.
Mid-Pen is a great school. It was perfect for my son--no more complaints about going to school. No more complaints about getting up early (he commuted about an hour to get there); and he changed from a rebelious, grumpy adolescent into a caring, thoughtful person. He also started getting As. He was so influenced by his chemistry teacher at Mid-Pen that became a chemistry major in college and will soon be working on a Ph.D in chemistry (I hope).
Mid-Penninsula High School is wonderful! As a former student I can say that the environment provided is a safe and accepting one. One of the things I like most about Mid-Pen was the variety of people, students and staff both. Any 'cliques' that exist in public school are not present there. The staff really made learning fun and upon graduation I had a 3.6 gpa, which I was quite proud of. If you have a student who is having difficulty, either personally or academically, Mid-Pen is worth looking into.
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