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9340 5th Street
Highland, IN 46322

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(219) 922-5640
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May 20, 2015
My kids went to Merkley for a few years and mostly with terrible experience. Many of the teachers and the principal do not belong in education. It became so bad I pulled my child from there after just a month or so into the year. Shortly afterwards I get a notice that I have been sent to collections for $40-$50 that I, apparently, owed the school. Never got a notice about it before. Turns out that they are doing this to a lot of parents. One of my sons was bullied constantly and would get in trouble (instead of the bully) for crying in class. I strongly recommend looking for a different school as Merkley really doesn't care what happens to your kids.

- submitted by a community member

November 15, 2014
Still forming a complete picture. The principal seems to be feared by the staff, and frankly, does not appear to really know what she is doing - what the role of a principal is, and how the staff are supposed to act. Some (at least verbally) expressed good intentions, but a lot of muddling through without really understanding why things are done. Child's teacher not very good with explanations - otoh she just got out of a sling, so perhaps that's it.

- submitted by a parent

November 05, 2014
Worse adminastrator ever. She needs to be replaced, but its hard when you are SLEEPING with the schoolboard

- submitted by a parent

July 28, 2014
This is the worst school ever...We've been having such of bad experience with Merkley school. Somebody needs to change the director of this place.

- submitted by a parent

April 25, 2013
The school itself and teachers are excellant! The lunch ladies however are rude. They yell at the children for "not being quite" and "disrespectful"....but when you get a group of children together yes, they tend to get loud. Merkley's lunch staff (in the front)clearly don't have things under control. I also think Mrs. Alexander needs to talk to her faculty about treating these kids with "respect" to. They are children not dogs! And you can forget about trying to get any understanding from Mr. Sutton,(he handles faculty complaints) b/c he of course is an advocate for the principle(mrs. alexander) instead of these poor kids who cant stand for them selves. I am literally embarresed when I go there to have lunch with my daughter b/c these lunch ladies scream at them to be quite over a microphone. RELAX LADIES, it is not a prison and you are not the wardens. They are kids and loud at times yes, but do they deserve to be screamed at over a microphone like they are idiots? I know one thing, I don't not talk to my kids like that and I don't believe they should be allowed to either!

- submitted by a parent

August 12, 2011
My daughter is going into 2nd grade next week at Merkley. We have had a great experience so far. Every time I visit, there seems to be a friendly student atmosphere. Mrs. Kijurna, one of the 1st grade teachers is a wonderful teacher. She has many years of experience, friendly, great with parent interaction and most of all, does a great job at teaching. We loved her. One area that I think the school can improve on is finding a 1/2 day K teacher instead of switching teachers every year. This school doesn't have a good reputation for their 1/2 day K program. The full day teacher on the other hand, is first class. I have heard and seen nothing but over-the-top compliments about Mrs. Rycerz. Overall, Merkley is a good school and from what I have heard, there are many other great teachers (in the older grades) too.

- submitted by a parent

November 28, 2007
Had 2 children attand Merkley. One teacher was very supportive and involved in my daughter's development. The other teacher simply pointed out what my child was not able to do without suggesting ways of improvement. We have since relocated to Orlando, FL and all my children are on the Honor Roll.

- submitted by a parent

June 21, 2007
I have only been a Merkley parent for a short time but really like the teachers and support staff at Merkley. Everyone is friendly and helpful. The secretary deserves an award for all that she does for the school. The Parent-Teacher Committee is hard working. They plan many extra activities for the students and their families. The teachers are always there for their students and have great attitudes towards teaching. The Student Council at Merkley is exceptional! My kids have loved all their teachers even though the styles of teaching were a little different each year. Even the kitchen staff and the custodian take time to talk to the students and get to know them. It really makes Merkley like a home.

- submitted by a parent

March 14, 2007
I was a former student here a couple years ago, and I have to say Merkley was definitely hands-down a great school. ALL of the teachers are fantastic about making the kids want to learn, and altough there was a change in principal(which by the way, I do not like the newer principal), everything was still managed the same. Merkley has been very good, espically with the PTA and their contributions, i.e. book fair, fun fairs, holiday parties, etc. If I could go back I would.

- submitted by a student

September 18, 2006
I feel this is one of the best schools around.The teachers are great and really there for the students.They have a lot of extracurricular activities to offer.I am very happy with this school.

- submitted by a parent

June 09, 2006
My daughter went to Merkley for 7 years and just ended the 6th grade this past week. Her years at Merkley were absolutely wonderful. She looked forward to attending school and learning. There are many strong qualities about this school including enthusiastic teachers, high concern for the students, caring from all the staff and a desire to help all students at all levels.

- submitted by a parent
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March 15, 2006
I just wanted to comment on Registration for the Kindergarten Class. It was painless and easy. I talked with the secretary prior to registration to make sure we had all proper documents and she was incredible and very helpful. While at registration everyone there made us feel very comfortable and my son was not nervous at all.

- submitted by a parent

October 22, 2004
There has been many newer Teachers added to the school within the last few years. In addition to that, the Principal has been there for three years. The quality of the 5-6th grade Teachers are very high and the expectations of a student is great. They prepare students for the Middle School years. I wish there was more extracurricular activities. The school has a favorable and positive environment. The grounds are handled very well. What is so positive about this school is that it is nestled in a heavy residential area, a few blocks from the Middle and High School.

- submitted by a parent

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Mildred Merkley Elementary School
9340 5th Street, Highland, IN  46322
(219) 922-5640
Last modified Mildred Merkley Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Mildred Merkley Elementary School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 13 reviews. Top