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Merryhill School

Private | PK-6 | 143 students

 

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Posted February 8, 2013

This is an outstanding WASC accredited school which has steadily improved under the current principal. ALL teachers are treated as assets and feel empowered to do what is best for the students. Those families who are engaged will find success for their children here beyond the excellent curriculum. The entire staff knows the names of all the students and demonstrates compassion. Safety is a priority and the current teachers do not "check out" when they are off the clock. Classroom management is extraordinary - teachers go to great lengths to modify the execution of their lesson plans ensure that all students succeed to the best of their abilities. For those considering public vs private it's apples and oranges. If you are looking for a professionally run school where the environment is conducive to extraordinary learning don't pass on the opportunity to explore this option to find out if it will work for your family. Be sure to ask the principal about "habits of mind" and her vision.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 28, 2012

The school is an excellent example of accountability, from the children to the parents to the staff. That would not be the first thing to come to mind in a public school. Yes the tuition is high, but it is only your childs education at stake. We have been here for a few years and have had nothing but positive things to say about the school. I know the current principal is working on a strategy to increase the upper grades enrollment which I have confidence will occur as she has assured me. At the very least I always feel my child is safe at school when I drop her off--peace of mind doesn't have a price tag affixed to it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 16, 2011

Great school. The teachers are dedicated to the students, they provide quality learning experiences for all the students. The principal guides the school in a very professional manner and is engaged with the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 16, 2011

I'm fairly certain one or more of the negative comments below is sour grapes ax-grinding by a family who was uninvited back last year. I don't know if the teachers are credentialed or not, nor do I care. They couldn't be more gifted and caring. They inspire and motivate the kids and make them eager to learn. My son now spends his free time writing stories, something he hated before his teacher showed him how much fun it could be. On field trips, strangers notice the students' good manners and well-rounded curiosity and compliment it. The principal is a deeply caring woman who has thrown herself into making Merryhill great. She gives 100% and consequently the kids and staff do too. The kids like and respect her because they know she is always fair. When a conflict comes to her attention, she seeks impartial witnesses to get a full account and turns it into a positive learning experience. My own kids now use lessons and conflict resolving skills at home that they've learned from her. The assertion that she is "mean" is ludicrous. Her idea of fun is playing trucks and trains on the floor with the pre-k class. My kids like her so much they've even asked me to ask her to babysit! LOL!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 16, 2011

Merryhill is a great value. TEACHER TO STUDENT RATIO: The best in Davis. KIDS SUPERVISED 11 HOURS DAY (AT NO EXTRA CHARGE): For working parents, this school's hours of 7AM-6PM (supervised play 7-8:30AM and then a full schedule of after school programs starting at 4:00PM), means that you don't have to stop work in the early afternoon on the crazy Davis public school schedule. You don't have to pay extra for after-school care (although you can pay for special additional classes like ballet, tennis, etc.). For a family where both parents work, this is totally worth the price. SUPERIOR EDUCATION: When kids leave Merryhill, they are usually light years ahead of their public school peers. Tuition is a fraction of what you would pay for a comparable education in a larger city like Sacramento. GREAT PEOPLE: The teachers, the principal and the parents are all great people. I have recommended it to many parents who have recognized its value.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 15, 2011

am incredibly impressed with my kids' 2nd grade teacher at Merryhill. She is in fact credentialed (contrary to the prior reviewer's comment) and has 12+ years of experience. She also has experience as a former single subject math teacher, so she is really strong in math, which is not something that is common among elementary school teachers. She's also very strong in language arts and science. My kids' specialty teachers, including art, music, spanish, and PE are also super.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 15, 2011

We enrolled our son here on the recommendation of another parent. We have been more than pleased. The school is full of energy, the students are treated with respect and the faculty, staff and administration are very professional and caring. If you have a young student and live in the Davis area this is the best learning environment I've seen.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 15, 2011

I love this school. My daughter has been taught so many successful strategies to excel in school and in life. She looks forward to school everyday. I am just so impressed by how the students treat each other and how respectful the staff are with the kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 9, 2011

We have decided to pull our kids out of this school, the quality of the teachers is hit and miss. this school is definitely over priced, they make $ off the kids every chance they get. The not so new anymore principle does not have much to offer, in addition, I have caught the principle being mean to the students behind the parents back, and act nice and smiley in front. Leaving me with that " icky' feeling, and wonders how my kids are being treated when I am not around.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2011

We were pretty underwhelmed with the quality of teachers at Merryhill. Many of them lack a basic teaching credential. Merryhill is very much a "chain" type of school, like McDonald's. They view your child as a paycheck and have little interest in their development, etc. The school is very rigid- the children must salute the flag every morning. The classes are disorganized. Parents often choose Merryhill for its after-care program, which is an organized daycare setting.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2010

I had visited this school last year and I was not impressed but they had a different principal. I decided to visit the school this year again, and I was amazed at the organization and the quality of their staff. My son had attended a private school for about a month and he was not challenged and he had school until 1:45. He was beginning to show some behavioral problems which was concerning to me. After attending Merryhill for only a month, I can see the changes, he is happier, and much more respectful, and he is also more motivated in taking initiative. My son has two credentialed teachers in a classroom of 21. The lesson plans are creative, academically challenged, and developmentally appropriate. The children respect each other, and the teachers do try to customize to their learning styles. It's worth every $!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 27, 2010

I disagree with the first reviewer. That may have been true in the past--I can't speak to that--but there is a new principal who is making a lot of great changes. The teachers are credentialed. The school has a great small community. The teachers are very responsive, hardworking, and open to communication. It is expensive compared to public school to be sure.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 4, 2009

Many of the teachers have no teaching credentials. Because it is a private school, there is no accountability to the state. It's a 'chain' type of school, meaning that you are part of the Merryhill chain of schools. There is no sense of community here. Your child is a paycheck to them. The school is overrated and not very good. It is also expensive- at over $1000 a month, why would you pay that much when there are the excellent Davis public schools?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 5, 2009

Merryhill provide a safe, positive environment for children to focus on learning, building strong relationships and leadership skills. The teachers we were fortunate to have were exceptional. They included creative techniques which made learning fun and allowed the kids to reach their optimal potential. The students care for one another and there is a true sense of family on the campus. Overall, a fantastic experience and highly recommended.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 11, 2009

A solid accelerated foundational academic curriculum for PreK through 3rd. Also an enriched extended care with lots of extracurricular options. Lovely peer group of kids. 4th through 6th grades have been non-existent or very small combo classes in recent years due to attrition in enrollment. Fairly high teacher turnover, & teacher quality is variable, but some are truly phenomenal. I sent all of my 3 kids here for their early years, fortunately. It was head & shoulders above the local public schools both in academics & in student citizenship. Their 4th - 6th grade compete against a strong local district GATE program, and declining need for after school childcare, thus the attrition. The school has very little experience with grades 4-6, & I can't recommend it beyond 3rd grade at this point in its history. But PreK-3rd is often awesome!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 30, 2008

Excellent academic program based on traditional teaching. My Third grader actaully knows her complete multiplication tables up to 12 and had fun leanring them. There is a noticible lack of Spanish language education and teacher variability is a bit of a problem.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 21, 2006

Excellent academic programs, includes arts and computer. Extracurricular activities available at extra cost. I am really glad I chose this school for my son, education is really personal.
—Submitted by a parent


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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Mathematics
  • Technology
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
  • Music
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
Media arts
  • Computer animation

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Swimming pool

Gifted & talented

Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:30 am
School end time
  • 3:30 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:00 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 4 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Special schedule
  • Extended/longer school day
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Nonsectarian
Associations
  • NIPSA

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Arts (all)
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Technology
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Remediation
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Playground
  • Science lab
  • Swimming pool
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Flag football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Flag football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
Media arts
  • Computer animation

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Boy scouts
  • Cub scouts
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
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What are your chances?


10 out of 10students were accepted for the 2011-2012 school year.


Students accepted for the 2011-2012 school year
134
Applications received for the 2011-2012 school year
135

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2011-2012 school year
$10000 - $10000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
Outside scholarships

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Merryhill Middle School
Harper Middle School
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2650 Lillard Drive
Davis, CA 95618
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Phone: (530) 297-5100

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