My son has attended Meridian since 6th grade. He is now in high school. The school has been everything we hoped for. The curriculum is sophisticated, cross-disciplinary, and challenging, but presented in a way that is always engaging and doesn't leave anyone behind. At the same time, there are lots of opportunities to explore further and dig deeply into an area of interest. The classes are small, so the teachers really know when a student is having trouble or when a push will get someone motivated to do more. Students do a lot of writing, in a variety of forms, and learn to revise their work. The math and science are very hands-on, and so difficult concepts are meaningful and really stick. I have no doubt that Meridian has prepared my son very well for college.
Meridian Academy has transformed our son into an engaged student passionate about ideas and eager to go to school each day. For our particular kid, this is nothing short of a miracle. The integrated curriculum and emphasis on applied learning has made what is happening in the classroom genuinely meaningful to him, and his relationship with his teachers has also made a tremendous difference. They have gone way out of their way to meet him where he is and bring him into the deep end of complex ideas and analytic thinking.
There is a complete lack of "make work" home work. Assignments complement in class instruction, are challenging, and genuinely useful. Meridian teachers also make themselves very available after school to assist students struggling with a particular topic or assignment.
Meridian creates an environment that requires mutual respect, does not have arbitrary rules, and includes its' students voices in establishing most aspects of community rules and norms. While there is an informal atmosphere that permits honest and warm interactions and relationships between students and teachers, there are also good boundaries maintained and appropriate professionalism.
My son gets to go to school each day knowing he will be intellectually and creatively challenged in a supportive peer culture. He gets to apply his learning in myriad ways that show him the beauty and utility of his learning. The teachers mentor the students enthusiastically and thoughtfully as they grow academically and as involved members of their community.