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Gunn/Paly vs. Menlo, Castilleja, etc.

Original post made by Anonymous, another community, on Dec 7, 2011

On another forum, someone who graduated from Paly more than 20 years ago wrote a very thoughtful post comparing Gunn/Paly to local private schools. Below is an excerpt from it--do people still feel these comments are an accurate reflection of the current situation at Gunn/Paly, and if not, what are your thoughts?

"Menlo and Castilleja are both great private schools, but you'll pay through the nose in private school tuition to attend either. Casti is all girls, which is a unique experience among this group, so that's obviously something to consider. Menlo has much smaller class sizes than the public schools, which is a particular advantage for students who for whatever reason need more individual attention, and has the extensive resources you'd expect for career guidance and college placement advice, etc. Still, I found everything I needed at Paly, including a large number of the most demanding honors and AP classes in every subject.

Frankly, if you can afford to live in Palo Alto or Menlo Park, both of which are ridiculously expensive, I would choose Palo Alto and send my kids to Paly or Gunn -- particularly if you have more than one. There's virtually no reason to pay private school tuition unless you have a kid with special needs or interests of one kind or another that demand very small class size or an all-female environment. (I suppose another reason would be if you want your kids to mingle with the social elite, becoming members of "society," attending debutante balls, etc. -- that sort of thing does exist in the Bay Area, although on a far smaller scale than in eastern cities.)"

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Posted by horizons
a resident of Crescent Park
on Dec 7, 2011 at 2:46 pm

I think it's actually a simplistic approach to private schools from someone who hasn't attended one. Academics is only one aspect that parents will be considering when choosing a private school.


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