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Merrywood School

Private | PK-6


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Posted September 11, 2014

My son attended Merrywood K- 5th grade. He wanted to be the first student there everyday if possible. Every teacher that he had, he loved! Merrywood pushed him to be the best student that he could be, while providing all of the instruction and love needed to accomplish this. His test scores and grades reflected the dedication that his teachers showed him. This is most likely the best elementary school south of Dallas. My son is now in the 6th grade at Bishop Dunne and is thriving there, due to his education at Merrywood. There is no PTA and or Teacher work days needed. This school is ran so well, that the parents only need to worry about their child and nothing else. My son will always look back on this school and remember the love and great education that he received there.
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Posted May 15, 2012

My son was in the pre-k program here this year. It has been a wonderful experience. He has learned so much this year! The school is well-managed, the teachers are supported, and the kids learn in a safe, loving environment. We are continuing his education at Merrywood instead of attending public school. There is a negative review that mentions my son's teacher by name. She has been a wonderful pre-k teacher and we are thankful that she was our son's teacher.
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Posted January 10, 2012

My Merrywood has done great job improve my daughter math and reading skills. Mr. Austell is the best second teacher. I truly love Merrywood.
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Posted October 25, 2011

Don't put the blame on the teacher. They are not the only one who makes the decision of an unrulely child. They are not your babysitter and if you can't deal with the child at home, don't expect the teacher or the school to put up with it.

Posted February 1, 2011

This is the best school for your child. My child is 7 years old she has been going there since she was 3 years old. She is a great reader! I love this school I wish it went to the 12th grade.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 17, 2010

We've been incredibly happy with our choice of Merrywood. My hesitations around Merrywood, prior to enrolling, were the no computer facet of the curriculum and no parent organizations or involvement. I've found that Merrywood educates children the way we, as parents, were educated. The school works like a well oiled machine because it is; friends of mine had the same teachers as my daughter when they were children. The environment is very disciplined, the teachers engage the children with basic curriculum and critical thinking skills, the parents are obviously working with their children at home, the kids are taught how to treat each other and everyone is respected. My daughter is excited to learn, enjoys going to school, knows what to expect each day and there are no days each six weeks that are "free days" where a movie is just thrown on and the kids run amuk.

Posted December 18, 2009

My family loves Merrywood. My son reading has improved greatly and he is very excited about going to school to learn more everyday. The faculty is wondering and I love they are putting the kids education first. Thanks again for all of your EXCELLENT WORK with my son.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 26, 2009

I am so thankful for the educational experience my children received at Merrywood. Not until entering the public school system did I realize the level of education that my girls received at Merrywood. Each child learns to achieve their personal best, advancing at an amazing pace without even realizing it. The teachers captivate the students with memorable stories that stay with them long after Merrywood. Students also learn respect and character building behavior, exemplified by the stellar staff. The standards are HIGH, but the 'pressure' is NOT. The students WANT to learn. They have a very sophisticated reward system that recognizes achievement and inspires accomplishment. My 8th grader remembers stories & songs she learned from Mrs. Williams in Kinder!! My girls were two grade levels ahead when they entered public school. Merriwood provides a solid & wonderful foundation to build onto throughout the following years. Thanks!
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Posted January 15, 2009

I have two children who attend Merrywood and I can't say enough about how good this school. Great teachers and great balance between nurture and discipline. Academically both kids are a grade level ahead.
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Posted December 16, 2008

We love Merrywood. This has been a GREAT experience for my very acctive sensitive son. He has learned a great deal. Th eteachers at Merrywood foster a love for learning that you cant find anywhere else.
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Posted July 14, 2008

I am happy with everything I have seen so far, and my daughter can't stop talking about her teacher each year. We are very pleased.
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Posted July 5, 2007

For my child this was the absolute best choice I could have made. Mrs. Ogden from day one showed us the attention that makes this school the very best.
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Posted February 3, 2007

My seventh grader spent his elementary school years at Merrywood (K-6). Mrs. Ogden and Mrs. Williams shape the 'entire' student. The teachers are dedicated and caring. All grade levels have an accelerated course of study. Academicly, students are ahead of their peers in public schools. You won't find a better private school in southwest Dallas county.
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Posted November 29, 2006

Excellent school! I cannot say enough positive things about this school. There is no better school in SW Dallas County for preschool through 6th grade. Most of the staff have been teaching their entire lives and utilize a traditional approach to academics, stressing reading, writing, and arithmetic. They have transferred a love of reading to my son and he consistently scores in the top 5% for his grade level on nationwide standardized examinations. They have also emphasized a respect for authority and fellow students. When I drop my son off there each day, I feel peace knowing that he will receive quality instruction by seasoned, mature teachers that understand their role. Contrary to what I saw on this website, the school is not religiously affiliated. It is run by several ladies who have dedicated their lives to excellence in teaching and learning. I receive weekly emails from my son's teacher.
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Posted April 17, 2006

The level of one-on-one interaction is second to none in this private school. All 3 of my children have attended and loved being a part of it. It is a wonderful facility and the teachers are outstanding. The only downside that I have ever seen is the seemingly low level of technological interface, i.e. the children do not use computers in the classrooms. But beyond that, it has been a tremendous asset for our kids.
—Submitted by a parent

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 61% 31%
Hispanic 16% 51%
Black 12% 13%
Asian or Pacific Islander 8% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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807 South Cockrell Hill Road
Duncanville, TX 75137
Phone: (972) 298-0130


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