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Merriam Elementary School

Public | PK-6 & ungraded | 65 students

 

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Posted June 1, 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


Posted April 1, 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


Posted February 7, 2014

This school manages kids on IEPs through the curriculum instead of directly teaching the skills required to access instruction independently. So, for example, don't expect your child with dyslexia to receive multisensory, cumulative, work-to-mastery phonics instruction beyond basic sounds and syllables, and don't expect spelling instruction; every word in the English language is a sight word to these people. They are grossly minimalist in their remediation of dyslexia. As for attentional/social emotional skills, forget it. They excel at crafting behavior plans with external reinforcers (treats, access to preferred activities) but do not directly teach the attentional and social-emotional/attention skills that are the underpinnings of successful learning (e.g., task-persistence, delaying immediate gratification, subverting one's own personal needs for the sake of the group, managing conflict, etc.). It's a great school system for the TRADITIONAL learner; it sucks for students requiring specialized instruction.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted September 1, 2013

Great school. Fantastic teachers. Strong curriculum. Dedicated students. Involved parents. We like it a lot.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted February 4, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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.


Posted October 5, 2009

Merriam is an amazing school community with creative people running it and children who love being there!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 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


Posted September 29, 2009

Beautiful school. Some fantastic teachers. Bullying is a problem.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 15, 2009

Great school offering nothing but the best learning experiences for every child.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 57% in 2013.

92 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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75%

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81%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
85%
Math

The state average for Math was 67% in 2013.

92 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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76%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
91%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) to test students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in English language arts and math and in grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The grade 10 MCAS is a high school graduation requirement. The MCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 53% in 2013.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
65%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
75%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) to test students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in English language arts and math and in grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The grade 10 MCAS is a high school graduation requirement. The MCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 65% in 2013.

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
85%
Math

The state average for Math was 61% in 2013.

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
82%
Science

The state average for Science was 51% in 2013.

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
73%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) to test students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in English language arts and math and in grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The grade 10 MCAS is a high school graduation requirement. The MCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 67% in 2013.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
88%
Math

The state average for Math was 60% in 2013.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
88%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) to test students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in English language arts and math and in grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The grade 10 MCAS is a high school graduation requirement. The MCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

English Language Arts

All Students75%
Female78%
Male72%
African Americann/a
Asian87%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White75%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities40%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students76%
Female79%
Male74%
African Americann/a
Asian87%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White77%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities33%
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) to test students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in English language arts and math and in grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The grade 10 MCAS is a high school graduation requirement. The MCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Massachusetts Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

English Language Arts

All Students71%
Female85%
Male57%
African Americann/a
Asian100%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White61%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged75%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities38%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students75%
Female77%
Male73%
African Americann/a
Asian100%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White70%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities8%
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) to test students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in English language arts and math and in grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The grade 10 MCAS is a high school graduation requirement. The MCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Massachusetts Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

English Language Arts

All Students84%
Female89%
Male78%
African Americann/a
Asian100%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White82%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities36%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students92%
Female92%
Male94%
African Americann/a
Asian100%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White93%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities82%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students81%
Female81%
Male81%
African Americann/a
Asian94%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White80%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities45%
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) to test students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in English language arts and math and in grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The grade 10 MCAS is a high school graduation requirement. The MCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Massachusetts Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

English Language Arts

All Students94%
Female95%
Male95%
African Americann/a
Asian100%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White92%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities66%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students90%
Female90%
Male89%
African Americann/a
Asian100%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White86%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities58%
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) to test students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in English language arts and math and in grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The grade 10 MCAS is a high school graduation requirement. The MCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Massachusetts Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

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Math growth at this school

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Reading growth at this school

Above average


1 Test scores are based on 2012-13 MCAS results from the state of Massachusetts.

2 This rating is based on 2011-12 and 2012-13 Median Growth Percentiles in Math and English Language Arts from the state of Massachusetts.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 68% 67%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 24% 6%
Hispanic 3% 16%
Two or more races 3% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Black 1% 8%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students participating in free or reduced-price lunch program 4%N/A35%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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11 Charter Rd
Acton, MA 01720
Phone: (978) 264-4700

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