I am an AdaMerritt alumni, I had gone there for 10 years, do NOT let your child suffer the way I did. The administration is bias, the teachers are bullies, and the staff is horrible. The administration disregards anything for the students and only care about how the school looks to others. There is not one this that is so special about this school. It is the opposite of a 'nurturing place for heart and minds'. There are only few teachers that care, most have left. DO NOT be fooled by the Portuguese or Spanish language classes, they do not do anything in these classes and expect the students to already be fluent, as you get older the school gets worst. I would not ever reccomend this school, my only regret is not leaving earlier.
School has gone downhill in past few years. Office staff are nasty, rude & too busy on their cellphone to help people who walk in. Most great teachers have left thanks to the horrible working environment & a principal who doesn't care. Admin staff is just as bad as office staff. Their response to bullying is to blame the victim & call them liars. All they care about is aappearances!! They don't acknowledge honor roll students even after 8 years of being model students! Horrible place, extremely dirty, no toilet paper in bathrooms, no more butterfly gardens, no more award ceremonies because they rather spend money on extra security staff although they do nothing productive. Principal & Asst principal are both too busy to meet w/parents when there's an issue. This is not a place that "nurtures every child's mind". Its laughable but truly disheartening! Also, school is against technology! What a joke! They bought smart boards but some teachers are so anti-technology they don't use them. Those teachers don't even post homework on class websites! Get with it Ada Merritt! Your school has fallen behind to better schools like Iprep who know how important tech is for education!!!
This school is amazing! My son is in the Portuguese program. After his 2nd month of Kindergarten, he was reading and writing portuguese just as good as his english. In addition, he is already writing in cursive. The values and attention they give to the students successfull in every aspect. I am proud to be a part of the Ada Merritt Family!
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I'm pulling my child out of this school. My child was hesitant to tell me but I soon found out why she was so hesitant. THERE HAD BEEN DRUG ISSUES THIS YEAR. Since MOST were doing it outside of the school they didn't even penalize them. No detentions, no nothing due to the fact that they had been doing it outside of the school. My child told me that at least one of the students did it in the school, but my child didn't want to 'snitch' because he was afraid that the bullies would target him. I tried to persuade him to tell me, but he didn't. What type of school is this where the students are afraid to tell the staff the problem because their scared of the other children? Like I mentioned before, this school has bullying issues. Now I HIGHLY suggest to take your children out of this school. I tried to speak to the principal but yet again she is 'unavailable'. I have had it with this school and I am transferring my kid to another school.
Ada Merritt not living up to the expectations I had, very dirty staff indifference, poor communication, dodging broken glass on the sidewalks surrounding to school it must be really bad at other places if this is considered good.....
Ada Merritt is a wonderful school for my child since she has an american father and a Brazilian mother. I am very pleased with the curriculum and the dedication of the teachers and parents.
I am in the seventh grade and i personally love the school probably because it has been the only school i have been to. I am in the purtugese program and i am hispanic and i speak pourtugese very fluently and understand it as well so i woul recomne dthis t any student wanting to come to adamerritt.
All in all school is very good. Is there a school where parent do not have complains at all? Private are sometimes not worth the money because you do not get what you are paying, public have their issues and we go from there....this school has good teacher, again we can always complain, after care is not great but at least they offer after care until 7 and is not bad, you can not pretend much for an after care in a public school, let's be honest. Lastly, academically is what it is, the scores show this not the parents comments.
This school is impossible to get into. I don't understand why they even request applications when 9/10'th of the students will not get in. They are at max capacity. Children with siblings, spanish nationals and a zillion other preferences have priority whereas my american born only son WHO LIVES ACROSS THE STREET has been denied access to a better education. Ive spoken to the adminitration, to the school board, to everyone under the sun, and apparently my son's education only matters to me. My only option now is to blast them online to see if their prejudice "lottery" that really isn't a lottery because other factors play into their "preferences", gets publicized. My son is now forced to go to the neighborhood school that the highest grade obtained in the last 4 years has been a "C". But of course, the adminitration's students, won the "random selection", everyone comes out winning except people like me in these "lotteries"...
Attention parents of children in the Portuguese program be aware of Shark Tutors. They charge somewhat between 20 or 25 dollars an hour BUT they have 4 or more kids at the same time. On top of that they usually tutor in the cafeteria or library when other children from after care are using the computers so imagine on top of being tutored 4 children at the same time, the noise and distractions are unbearable. Most of the tutors are just mom that help with the homework none of them have any type of certificate and of course are unwilling to really teach the children to learn the language. They limit themselves to do homework. Come on parents dont feed the shark tutors and ask for your kid to be tutored by himself or herself.
My daughter is in 8th Grade....Once thing that concerns me is that all the teachers should not be allowed to use the cellular and texting while giving classes....students constantly complain that the teachers do not dedicated themselves 100% because they were more concern in texting...however the student are scare to complain :(....Also they Portuguese students complain that many teachers don't like them...I am very disappointed with the middle school program. Also the coordinator for the MYP never response e-mails.
Great school overall! Teachers really care about their students. Staff is very nice. Never had a problem.
The school if amazing my son loves it and he has an 4.0 GPA. All the teachers are great and friendly.
FOCUS - BILINGUAL - ALL ACADEMICS The teachers here are wonderful,the students are well behaved and no real problems to deal with.The teachers and staff are the role models.
Ada Merritt is an excellent school. I had my 2 daughters (one from kinder to 7th grade) and the experience was superb. I had to move back to Argentina and my kids were advanced up to 2yrs from the local curricula and the american school in Argentina as well. From an academic point of view, Ada Merritt is an excellent school. It is true that kids have a lot of extra work at home but it is worth the effort. I would recommend the school to any parent willing to give the best education to his children. I wish my kids were back at Ada Merritt.
I was an ada merritt graduate an. you do not know how happy i was to leave this school it may have been great in the past but from what i experienced it was terrible
Still an excellent school. I agree with some constructive criticisms, ie the fact that the school has become less parent-friendly, especially the library, which does not adequately meet the needs of the Kinder and first grade students. I also agree that the administration does not warmly embrace the IB curriculum, esp its interdisciplinary focus, The failure to display student artwork throughout the school is a lost opportunty and creates a stuffiniess that is downright Un-IB as is the lack of musical performances. Additionally, many hardworking teachers seem to be underappreciated for their extraordinary efforts. However, ALL-IN-ALL, it is an excellent school and one where I am proud to send my chldren.
Check it they spend a whole lot of money remodeling the entire school for a visit yet they tell students there inst enough money for new books or learning supplies which is what is needed not buffed floors or new grass i have head many complaints with the security staff , they do not do any thing but stand around and talk to each other when two people get in a fight nothing is done either also agree that the principle is not around most of the time and she is not very good at her job i miss the old Ada Merritt when they had the other principle and the better teachers some of the teachers are good now but they can be better the staff is also not very welcoming parents literally run this school.
a lot of propaganda, inexistent administration, no communication, principal is another kid, parents and kids run the school, go anywhere else
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