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Meridian Academy

Private | 6-12 | 65 students

We are known for interdisciplinary, project-based classes and student research.

 
 

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Situated in an inner city neighborhood. The median home value is $575,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,850.

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Posted April 9, 2014

Meridian is an amazing school. They are not afraid to do things that actually make sense in terms of students' learning and their ability to enjoy school. Every student engages in research, writing, and creative expression across the disciplines. Kids get to be themselves. The peer pressure is not to dress a particular way or think along certain lines but to be excited by learning all sorts of subjects. They hold each other accountable for caring about their education and each other. It has been a wonderfully challenging, stimulating, and nurturing environment for my children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2009

Meridian Academy is a high school now based in Coolidge Corner in Brookline that uses an interdisciplinary approach to help students answer their own questions about the world
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2009

I love that my daughter is excited about school and what she is learning and that what she is learning is authentic!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 9, 2009

It is actually 6-10 now and will be 6-12 in 2011. The teachers are deeply vested in the project-based curriculum and the students' work and attitude illustrate how successful this is (very). It is a small school so the kids have to get along and for the most part they do. No sports and no prom, but does have drama, art, music and the best field trips on the planet. Also reasonable cost compared to schools with a plot of real estate they have to maintain!
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Posted May 26, 2009

This project-based, interdisciplinary school supports students in posing theirown quesions and carrying out original research in all disciplines. It is for students with genuine curiosity who want more than endless uninspiring tests.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 71% 67%
Black 15% 8%
Hispanic 9% 16%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 6%
Two or more races 3% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

College readiness and student pathways

Percentage of students going to 4-year college 100% (2012)
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Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Gifted specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff French
Spanish
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Science
Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
  • Music
  • Performing arts
  • Visual arts
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
  • Textile design
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Theory
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Graphics
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Drama club
  • Literary magazine
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Foreign languages
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • French
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:40
School end time
  • 3:15
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Joshua Abrams
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Special schedule
  • Block scheduling
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Nonsectarian

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • College prep
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Independent Study
  • Individually guided instruction
  • Internships
  • Multi-aged
  • Project-based
  • STEM
  • Standards-based
  • Teacher-run
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Arts (all)
  • Engineering
  • Foreign languages
  • Global
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Performing arts
  • Science
  • Service learning
  • Visual arts
  • Writing
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • French
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Career/college counseling
  • Mentoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Transportation options
  • Accessible via public transportation
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Computer lab
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Science lab
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Ultimate Frisbee
Girls sports
  • Ultimate Frisbee

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
  • Textile design
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Theory
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Graphics
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Book/reading club
  • Drama club
  • Literary magazine
  • Model UN
  • Yearbook
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Neither uniforms nor dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Organize Parents Association
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
School leaders can update this information here.

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What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2013-2014 school year
$0 - $20000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid

Planning ahead

College preparation / awareness offered
Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
SAT/ACT prep classes
College presentations or information sessions
College prep programs/courses during the year
Students' post-graduation plans in 2012
4 year college - 100%
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1187 Beacon Street
Brookline, MA 02446
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Phone: (617) 277-1118

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