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Merit Academy

Private | PK-12 | 17 students

Merit Academy was voted "Best of Carrollton" in Education in 2013

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Living in Carrollton

Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $125,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $880.

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4 stars

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2014:
Based on 7 ratings
2013:
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Posted Thursday, September 25, 2014

I have been so impressed with Merit Academy. They have designed an amazing program combining individualized academic programs and caring meeting the needs for each of their students. Their academics are based on TEKS, but individualized for the child's needs! You can see that the teachers truly care for their students and LOVE their jobs!


Posted Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Merit Academy is one of best schools for children with special needs in the DFW area. I have witnessed time and again the dedication and passion for teaching that the teachers and administration have! I cannot wait for the brand new school to open this month complete with an amazing new playground! And best of all, Thrive Therapy is located in the same building so children that need ABA, Speech or OT can receive those services too.


Posted Wednesday, September 24, 2014

City of Carrollton got it right, Merit Academy is the best in education! I am an administrator for Thrive Therapy. We work with several Merit Academy students and collaborate with Merit teachers/staff. The teachers are highly trained and have experience with children with special needs. All Merit staff is CPI(Crisis Prevention) certified and only use restraint as a last resort. They perform assessments on all students so that they can customize each child's curriculum to fit their unique needs. I refer families to Merit Academy because I know their child will thrive in Merit's academic program.


Posted August 20, 2014

Best education for children with special needs in the Dallas area! My child has been enrolled in Merit Academy for two years and making the transition was the smartest move I ever made! My son is now speaking, writing, and doing basic math. Before I enrolled him, he was non verbal and had several other severe issues. Great school for any child with special needs!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 15, 2014

Academics are poor. With no real curriculum. Staff is not trained well. They restrain kids!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2014

As an administrator of the school I am saddened to read such a review. Merit Academy strives to accomodate all families and provide quality education in a therapeutic environment, with degreed, professional teachers who have previous experience with children with special needs. Unfortunately, when a parent does not abide by school policies and is confronted on them by an administrator, they have the option to not be accountable and withdrawal their children from the program. They also have the freedom to post things that are frankly not true about that program. This is unfortunately the case with the former parent review. Our school prides itself on learning from our mistakes, and we welcome feedback from parents and the community. However, it would be helpful and constructive if actual facts were provided rather than false allegations. We hope for nothing but the best for these children.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 12, 2014

Merit Academy has been such a blessing for us. My son was diagnosed with classic autism at the age of 3. It was my worry that we would never find a place for him to get the education, care and student teacher ratio that he needed. Merit provides all of that and so much more! This will be his second year at Merit and we are looking forward to another successful year. In the first year he began to read, take an active part in group work and is excelling I'm math! I cannot say enough about the staff! To top it off they will now have a therapy center on the school property! The children will be able to get therapy while at school! Highly recommend!!
—Submitted by a parent


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Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Computer specialist(s)
PE instructor(s)
School psychologist
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff None
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Best of Carrollton in Education (2013)
  • Circle 10 Council Character Essay Contest Winner (2012)
Community service awards received in the past 3 years
  • Best of Carrollton in Education (2013)

Special education / special needs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Special education
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Cognitive disability
  • Emotional behavioral disabilities
  • Hearing impairments
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Other health impairments
  • Significant developmental delay
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Clubs
  • Special olympics

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
  • Textile design
Performing and written arts
  • Drama
Clubs
  • Drama club

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • American sign language
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Health & athletics

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Therapeutic
Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
Clubs
  • Martial arts (judo, tae kwon do, karate, etc)
  • Special olympics
  • Yoga club
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:30 am
School end time
  • 3:30 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:30 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 4:30 a.m.
School Leader's name
  • Charity Purcell
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 2 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Special schedule
  • Extended/longer school day
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • non-profit, therapeutic school for special needs/learning different children
Fax number
  • (214) 377-4942

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Core knowledge
  • Direct instruction
  • Hybrid
  • Individually guided instruction
  • Montessori
  • Multi-aged
  • STAR Reading/Literacy Essentials, Autism
  • STEM
  • Teacher-run
  • Therapeutic
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Special education
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Cognitive disability
  • Emotional behavioral disabilities
  • Hearing impairments
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Other health impairments
  • Significant developmental delay
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
Foreign languages taught
  • American sign language
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Life Skills

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • None
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • None
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Internet access
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Playground
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Judo / Other Martial Arts
  • Yoga
Girls sports
  • Judo / Other Martial Arts
  • Yoga

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
  • Textile design
Music
  • None
Performing arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Boy scouts
  • Community service
  • Drama club
  • Homework help/study buddy club
  • Martial arts (judo, tae kwon do, karate, etc)
  • Special olympics
  • Yoga club
School leaders can update this information here.

School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Tutor
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
School leaders can update this information here.

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What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2013-2014 school year
$18000 - $20000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
No.

Planning ahead

College preparation / awareness offered
None
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1005 E. Jackson Rd
Carrollton, TX 75006
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Phone: (214) 736-8375

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