Its my last year here. The english program was low and I hear kids in high school are struggling in this subject. It is way to test driven. Every teacher has way to many favorites and kids they don't like. Kids didnt get the freedom they want. After this private school experience most kids go to public high schools. Or most leave before eight grade. Every kid over the age of ten going here hates it and would rather be at another school and they all feel miserable. The younger kids are given more importance and older kids are treated very unfairly. The school is way to small and has few facilities. Many teachers cannot teach else where. Overall the kids were great but outside of that I hated it. I wouldn't recommend it here. The only ages that should come here is from Pre School-3rd grade aged kids.
My son has been going to this school for over a year now. Just graduated 4th grade. He has the best teachers and the principal is amazing. Her attention and care is not something we have seen before. He has made so many friends and the learning environment is good for kids who need extra challenge. Now we have moved our daughter here also. And we are sure she will love the school as much as our son.
Merryhill School Milpitas, CA;The school is OK academically and the teachers are friendly and excited about teaching. If you have a special need for the handicapped parking, I suggest you reconsider. Many inconsiderate, healthy, able-bodied parents use the handicapped parking because they're just too lazy to walk an extra 20 yards. So far, although I've complained, I haven't see the school address it. During school performances, parents totally fill the fire zone making it a huge liability if there really was an emergency and the fire department needed to get in. They wouldn't be able to.
My daughter has been going to this school for past 3 years starting at junior K. I must say that she loves this school. Their curriculum and extra curricular activities are also good. The standard is much better than most public schools and at the same time, not as aggressive as other private schools like Stratford. I think its an excellent option of live in Milpitas and can afford the tuition fees.
My child have been at this school for over 8 years and I've seen ups and downs and changes in the total experience of the school. Because this is a private school, it has to be measured against a different set of standards not just that it's "better" than public school. If a parent is throwing out 10-12K+ a year to send a child here, the school has to deliver on a total educational experience that far exceeds that of a public school. From this perspective, Merryhill has only 1 advantage. A small and safe environment for your child. If your child is already a good to exceptional student this is a good fit. If not, don't expect the school or teachers to step up and help. You will have to get very very proactive to advocate for your child. They are not setup to respond when your child is struggling. You find out when grades are set, not when it matters. This is noticeable as you get to the higher grades. There are some bright spots in terms of teachers, but I find that most of the teachers have been there too long and their approach is about structure not creativity. It's like public school with a big price tag. If you can, go to Discovery Charter or Carden for Middle School.
Merryhill WAS very good when it was Rainbow Bridge Academy. One of the few private schools which was not caught up in the race with Challenger schools. However, I feel their corporate influence (Nobel Learning) seems to have put pressure on them now. It used to be that they would accommodate kids of varying abilities and work with the children to grow their skills. Nowadays their target seems to have changed to match the extremes of the competition. This seems to drive for only the best students to stay. This may work for their corporate reasons - focusing on scores. But I am sorry to see another school caught up in the rat race. I pulled out my child to my neighborhood public school due to this. Also, the recent curriculum changes moves towards history, writing etc. instead of having a balance across subjects.
The overall academic structure of the curriculum is very solid. The push for parent involvement is a definite plus...
A nice small school, a lot of fun activities. But if the after school program can extend to 6:30pm, that will be so great for those parents that both need to work.
It is pretty good school overall. From the academic programs point of view, it needs to forcus more on the public speech and English writing. The children need to have more homework instead of playing most of time in the day care program.
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