This school has been trying to turn itself around but still has some significant hurdles. There are frequent teacher absences; my son has a list of his 'favorite subs.' One day he had 4 subs. Teachers disappear without explanation, are pulled out of class when they are about to give a lesson. Surely this can be orchestrated better. The kids lose out.
Merrill was great. I graduated from there last year and miss everything about it. It also prepared me for high school in an IB program. I really appreciated the fact that it is a diverse and cultural community school. I don't understand any of the negative responses on this website. It made me want to write the truth about Merrill and the truth is that it is an AWESOME school. The teachers are the BEST!
Merrill Middle School has been wonderful for our entire family. My kids have been taught how to think and grow into themselves as individuals. The teachers are top-notch and go above and beyond to reach each student. TCAP scores don't rate these qualities and although TCAP scores at Merrill are high and improving - these are qualities that are important to consider. I am a proud parent of Merrill and am grateful for the wonderful experience it provided for my kids.
Merrill school is full of caring professionals that work hard to make Merrill a welcoming place where students can succeed. I like that so many different cultures are part of the school community. I would recommend Merrill as a DPS Middle School.
The leadership of Merrill is totally insensitive to the individual student and teachers. I always wonder what is "broken" at a school with a high turn over rate of teachers. The DPS administration needs to take a close look at the Principal. I understand she rules with threats and fear. The Principal needs to be re-placed immediately!!!! As a taxpayer I resent a sub-human person interacting with "our" children.
The worst school ever teacher and principal at Merrill don't care about your student. They promise so many changes and nothing never happens it just keeps getting worst. I would not recommend this so to my worst enemies it's just simply awful in every aspect specially academics.
I love this school! You can be yourself and you don't have to try and fit in because it happens naturally. All of the teachers try really hard to teach you and they help you understand the lessons. The principal and vice principal are always right in top of things and the counselor is amazing. You can go to her anytime of day and talk about how you are feeling. You don't have to worry about bullying because there are so many different ethnic groups there, that you get used to seeing different people. They now serve breakfast in the first period class so everybody gets a chance to eat. During winter (now) they have the heaters going in all of the classrooms. I absolutely love this school and I will continue to go here.
This is the worst school ever my child gets bullied and nothing is done. Nothing but racist and disrespectful and immature children and adults are in this school. Graffiti is done in the bathroom, children bully each other and because teachers hate there jobs they take it out on the students. My child doesn't learn anything and because of the environment she cant. DO NOT ATTEND THIS SCHOOL!
Teachers really care here. They seek you out if there's something that needs to be addressed. And together, you can work it out. The diverse nature of students enhances the educational experience. Every student is challenged. My son, for example, is taking Geometry as an 8th-grader. It's a fantastic school, and definitely worth considering.
Merrill is a wonderful school that isn't well understood because of its international student body. My children, who are rated gifted and talented, have thrived at Merrill and have continued to grow. Merrill's plans for launching a wireless campus, science and technology lab and a global language program in 2013 is extremely exciting too.
Amazing school. Teachers are fabulous and really care about each child on an individual bases. My child is a person here not a number. The academics are amazing and my child has improved greatly from her elementary school across the field. How lucky we are to be at this school.
My Son loves middle school at Merrill. I am surprised because I feared the middle school experience in general and worried about choosing the right school. The staff is great and responds to my questions. The school responded to my son skipping a grade in math with no problems. I love the dress code. Drive by other middle or high schools and check out the sagging and bagging and the skimpy outfits and you will see what I am talking about. Bullying problems are dealt with quickly. Love the honors courses and the technology lab.
I dont like this school because they think strictness will make us better but its actually the other way around
I sent two of my sons here over a 5 year span. Both had awful experiences. The 2nd son moved to a better DPS school after completing 2 years at Merrill. There are some good teachers, but there also older ones who seem to get assigned here as their last stop to retirement. They don't have good attitudes towards the students. The younger teachers have more energy and better attitude. Leadership here has been poor. The school does not do well in dealing with kid-on-kid conflicts. It can be a brutal place. Many parents I know with more than one child have avoided sending their 2nd child back into this environment. Much of the problems come from an environment of rough kids who are not controlled or dealt with properly. Student performance is bimodal. Some who care do very well, the ones who don't aren't motivated and are given up on.
The rating score of Merrill is completely inaccurate. This school has many different programs within the building, many of them rigorous. The test scores are skewed b/c one of these programs consists of students that are new to the country. These students, despite being bright and motivated have not yet grasped the english language- making standardized tests an inaccurate representation of their skill set and of Merrill's achievement. These students take their core classes seperately during the day. The other students have the good fortune of being in class with these children during their specials (art etc..). THis school has an advanced placement program, as well. You recieve an incredible amount of personal attention from the staff in this building, they are always making sure that my child is challenged. There are small class sizes, loads of sports and activities and it shares a beautiful campus with Cory Elementary school.
After a horrible experience at Morey Middle School last year with bullying this school is sheer bliss
Merrill is an excellent school for learning about other cultures and languages. It is not a fake cultural school like D.S.A because there are kids there who really are from Burma, Russia, China, Vietnam, Africa, ect. there are kids there from over 30 different countries and they are starting the new comer program for kids who have recently moved here from Iraq and Burma and starting clothes and food donations for them and their families. they will teach all academic levels and have an honors program in which I am in. (I am in 6th grade.) If you compare the scores of the newcomers in their language, their scores are equal or higher than the scores of hamilton and morey. CSAP only allows kids who don't speak english to take it in their language for 1 year so they only get to do CSAP once in their language.
A welcoming and challenging environment. My son attended Cory, an excellent elementary school, and he is up and out of bed early every morning ready to ride his bike to school. Kids are friendly and accepting; teachers are challenging but keep it real -- no meaningless homework and a realistic eye towards CSAP score; principal is poised to move this school. By the way, when CSAP scores for those who don't speak English as a first language are factored out of the total school scores, Merrill CSAP scores mirror those of Hamilton and Morey. Don't pass this up and coming school over!
Merrill Middle School has so many great qualities. The teachers are excellent and the administration is very welcoming and friendly. My children have made some great friends. They teach to all academic levels, and we also love the location. I give it a thumbs up and would recommend it to anyone!!
I found Merrill to be a school that teaches to all levels of academic abilities. The T/G program is new and is being refined. I wish that the T/G kids could be in classes of their own and then take electives with other kids. The staff is very approachable and goes an extra mile if parents seek help or advice. Children are given many opportunities for out of the ordinary experiences. Extracurricular activities appear to meet the likes of many children. The diversity in the population is a plus in this day and age. I give a thumbs up to Merrill. Another benefit of Sewall is they are trying to establish a task force on anti-bullying.
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