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11 Charter Rd
Acton, MA 01720

(978) 264-4700
(978) 264-3356
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4 stars
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June 01, 2014
This is our first year at Merriam and so far we love it! I think the teachers have been amazing so far and I am impressed by the amount of work they do. They really get through a lot! They are much more structured than I had expected. My child loves the community meeting, reading buddies and school families. I chose the school because of its focus on project based learning, which is more "real life" way to apply the different academic and interpersonal skills. I also am a big fan of looping since it really allows students and teachers to get to know one another and saves a lot of time the second year. I cherish social continuity of any kind in this technological, fast-paced age we live in. Having stronger connections/relationships with my child's peers is important to me. My only complaint is that one of the teaching assistants seemed focused too much on discipline and kind of snapped at the kids more than I was comfortable with. I think the principal is unfairly perceived by some parents as not supportive enough. I sense that he has a more democratic approach to his position and works with teachers as a team. Overall I am very happy with Merriam!

- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2014
The Principal cares more about the teachers than the students. In retrospect I wish I had put my child in Gates or Douglas.

- submitted by a parent
January 30, 2014
Both our children have gone through Merriam and we have been very happy with the teachers and overall experience. It's a good environment and the teachers make extra efforts to spend time with the children when extra help is needed. The current principal is fine. Good one on one relationships. Not sure he is a visionary for long term growth.

- submitted by a parent
November 17, 2013
Kindergarteners are not adequately watched and are allowed to walk out of the school without being noticed. The office staff do not require people picking up children to provide identification or proof they are allowed to leave with the child. This school is a tragedy waiting to happen.

- submitted by a parent
September 01, 2013
Great school. Fantastic teachers. Strong curriculum. Dedicated students. Involved parents. We like it a lot.

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2013
This school is better on paper than in reality. They do not follow even basic safety protocol and there have been a number of students (as young as 6!) who have gone missing for some length of time at school. 1st graders should not go missing from recess to be found to have gone to the nurses office after a search. Dismissal resembles a high school with chaos the rule. Students who need help are given lots of support (a good thing, naturally) though they fail entirely at helping advanced students continue to learn. The kindergarten teacher rolled her eyes and huffed at the children, often barking responses and creating tension in the classroom. One child refused to use the bathroom at school because of a fear of asking her a question. The culmination of these many faults are represented in a principal who's main concern is his teachers, not his students. It's been an entirely disappointing experience in a school system with the resources and parent involvement to truly succeed.

- submitted by a parent
February 04, 2013
Our family has recently moved to Acton and we have been absolutely thrilled with the education that our children are receiving at Merriam. Their former school, also in MA, was considered a "good school," but honestly it is hard to even compare the two. The level of parental involvement is wonderful, and the community feel cannot be beat. I love seeing teachers and staff at activities after school hours - what a way to show dedication to the students! Upon arriving home from school one day, our son announced, "The whole time I was at ----- School, I think I learned five things. At Merriam, I learn new things everyday!" We loved receiving that validation as parents. We definitely made the right choice to enroll our children at Merriam.

- submitted by a parent
November 22, 2010
A safe place to learn. Community is a focus with lots of cross-grade activities and whole school events. A spirit of cooperation and pleasure in learning prevails.

- submitted by a teacher
September 18, 2010
Merriam elementary is an AMAZING school to be part of. They have a warm, welcoming community, extremely dedicated staff, and a very strong cirriculum - not to mention all the friendly, enthusiastic students! I went there for all 6 years of elementary school, and i have to say, it's a place where, upon graduation, you learn to appreciate what a fantastic community you have been part of. From "reading buddies" to "family groups" to "all school meetings"; from the student newspaper to art class to science experiments; from the first day of kindergarten to the last day of sixth grade, Merriam is a place that allows students to be students, a place that accepts students for thetype of learners they are, a place that - with, again, all the dedicated teachers - nutures those little 5-year-olds up all the way through their 6th grade graduation.

- submitted by a community member
no rating October 05, 2009
Merriam is an amazing school community with creative people running it and children who love being there!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 03, 2009
Merriam emphasizes building community, and academic risk taking. It is a wonderful school, and we are so proud to have our child there.

- submitted by a parent
September 29, 2009
Beautiful school. Some fantastic teachers. Bullying is a problem.

- submitted by a parent
February 15, 2009
Great school offering nothing but the best learning experiences for every child.

- submitted by a parent
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Merriam Elementary School
11 Charter Rd, Acton, MA  01720
(978) 264-4700
Last modified Merriam Elementary School is a Public school. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Merriam Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 13 reviews. Top