Menlo-Atherton HS Electives/Advance Course Guidance

  • On Friday, April 10th families received an email from Sequoia Union High School District about online registration through Infinite Campus. While this communication was specifically about signing up for electives, the process also entails choosing advanced level courses for your child's 9th grade year.


    The advanced level courses at Menlo-Atherton available to 9th graders are as follows:

    • Advanced Standing (AS) English I - for students enrolled in ELA 8
    • Enriched Geometry - only for students currently enrolled in Algebra I
    • Advanced Standing (AS) Algebra II - only for students currently enrolled in Geometry


    Hillview does not make specific teacher-level recommendations for our 8th graders to enroll in advanced level classes. Instead, the school offers general guidance and asks that families review the 9th grade course requirements and make a decision based on readiness and interest. Preliminary placement in classes at M-A was determined by SUHSD as a result of assessments administered to 8th graders in January.


    Here's what you need to know about enrolling in advanced level courses at M-A and other SUHSD schools:

    1. If your child is excelling in the prerequisite class (an A or a strong B), enjoys the subject, and is ready for the challenge, they are a good candidate for an advanced level course.
    2. Advanced level courses at M-A are more rigorous. They move at a faster pace and students can expect more homework.
    3. Students needn't choose an advanced pathway in 9th grade; high school pathways are flexible and allow for students to move into an advanced standing course later in their high school careers.


    Ultimately, provided that your child meets the criteria in #1 above, an advanced level course is a choice we believe families should make. Even students who do well in the 8th grade prerequisite class do not always find the advanced level 9th grade course a good fit. We encourage you to review the posted information on M-A's website about the differences between the courses and enroll accordingly.


    Please review the following support information in making your decision:


    Thank you, and please direct your questions about enrollment to (or the appropriate address for students attending a SUHSD school other than Menlo-Atherton).