Details overview

Hours 08:30 AM - 03:30 PM
School leader Christin Soly
Transportation options Yes
Preschool capacity 300

Programs

Basic school information

Dress code Uniforms
Schedule Traditional
Day or Boarding offered Day school
Coed/Single-gender Coed

Academic focus and philosophy

Educational philosophy and approach to learning Every day there is something new to learn. We learn through living. We incorporate real experiences into our teaching style through projects, field trips, and exploration activities. We know each student is unique and has their own interests and strengths. We work with each group of students to make sure they are well prepared to go into high school and follow their dreams!
Academic themes / Areas of focus General - school does not emphasize one particular subject

Classes

6
Visual Arts
including: Ceramics
3
Music
including: Instrumental and theory music lessons
2
Languages
including: French
Music Bell / handbell choir
Choir / Chorus
Instrumental and theory music lessons
Performing & written arts None
Media arts Computer animation
Graphics
Visual arts Ceramics
Design
Drawing / Sketching
Painting
Printmaking
Sculpture
World languages taught French
Spanish
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered None

Support

12
Facilities
including: Library
Facilities Art room
Cafeteria
Computer lab
Garden / Greenhouse
Gym
Kitchen
Library
Music room
Playground
Science lab
Sports Fields
Swimming pool
Extra learning resources Acceleration
Counseling
Differentiated learning programs
Gifted and talented programs
Remediation
Tutoring
Special education program details We do not have a specific special education program. We do accommodate limited IEPs when we can and when we can support a student for success in our environment!
English Language Learner program details We have an ELL program with a certified instructor that is designed to be individually focused and supportive.
English Language Learner programs Self-contained ELL classrooms

Early childhood program

Early childhood program offered Yes
Type of center In-school
Early childhood starting age Infant
Certified and/or licensed Yes
Accredited Yes
Days open Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Requirements for attending None
Weekly cost range (low) $405
Weekly cost range (high) $477
For the year 2016
Payment schedule Monthly
Financial aid options Sibling Discount
Preschool meals offered Breakfast
Morning Snack
Lunch
Afternoon Snack
Evening Snack
Social emotional skills development In each age group their are social and emotional skills that are focused on. For example, our K3 program is very focused on verbal expression of emotions. Our character education program is taught in classroom and has specific specialty time where we discuss emotions and social skills. We use things like family style dining and our manners curriculum that teaches skills like how to introduce yourself to an adult or how to set a table (dining etiquette, social etiquette, etc...)
Math skills development Our curriculum is designed to go through the 8th grade, so each step is looked at closely. Our math curriculum focuses on number recognition, counting, patterns, addition and subtraction in the K2-K4 age groups.
Speech development Our infant program uses American Sign Language and we have students from all over the world who may or may not speak English upon entering Merritt Academy. We use a variety of social interactions to work with the children on their speech. We have teachers with a wide variety of backgrounds and will occasionally use a teacher with knowledge of a different language to help a child settle into school.
Reading skills development We use Zoo-phonics as the base of our reading curriculum in our preschool. This phonics based approach has shown to not only gain the students' interest but to more quickly develop the children's understanding of sounds!
Typical day and activities The children are outside 3 times a day for 30-45 minutes each time. We have an inter-generational program so the children spend time each month with seniors at a retirement community and, through our Project Pals, with students of other age groups (aka 4th graders with K2 students). They also have specialties each week that include Creative Movement, Spanish and French, Values, Music, STEM Lab, PE, etc... We also take advantage of our large campus and explore the garden and woods!
Required credentials for lead staff Child development associate (CDA) credential
% of early learning staff that holds a credential or certification 51%-75%
Maximum number of infants per adult 4
Maximum number of toddlers per adult 5
Maximum number of 2 year olds per adult 8
Maximum number of 3 year olds per adult 10
Maximum number of 4 year olds per adult 10
Maximum number of kindergartners per adult 18
Maximum number of school-age children per adult 18

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Students

Student diversity

  This school State average
White 74% 54%
Hispanic 9% 12%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 9% 6%
Black 5% 24%
Two or more races 3% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: See notes

Extracurriculars

5
Girls Sports
including: Softball
4
Boys Sports
including: Soccer
12
Clubs
including: Art club
Girls sports Basketball
Cheerleading
Soccer
Softball
Track
Boys sports Basketball
Cheerleading
Soccer
Track
Clubs Art club
Arts and crafts
Cooking club
Dance club
Girl Scouts
Girls on the Run
Martial arts (judo, tae kwon do, karate, etc)
National Honor Society (NHS)
Student council / government
Student newspaper
Foreign language and culture club
Yearbook
Extended care / Extended programs Before
After
Before school start time 06:30 AM
After school end time 06:30 PM

Culture

Parent involvement Attend parent nights
Chaperone school trips
Join PTO / PTA
Organize fundraising events
Present special topics during curricular units
Parent involvement details We have an active PTO and encourage parent involvement at any and all levels. However, there are no requirements for participation. We recognize parents are very busy and have a lot to manage so we try to offer different ways of participating. We are now live streaming special events on campus so parents can still view and "participate" while being off site. This allows busy parents to still be involved with their children's events and discuss things with their children when they come home.
Approach to addressing and preventing bullying We have a school counselor on site that works with students and teachers from Preschool-8th grade. We use the 2nd Step Curriculum and incorporate lunch pals, and individual time if necessary. As a small school we have intimate knowledge of each of our students and work through a lot of different issues with them to create a family atmosphere of respect and kindness.

Teachers

7
Staff
including: Tutor(s)
Staff Coach(es)
ELL / ESL Coordinator
Gifted Specialist
Librarian / media specialist
School counselor
Teacher aide / assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
World languages spoken by staff American Sign Language (ASL)
Arabic
Cantonese
Mandarin
French
Italian
Korean
Russian
Spanish
Vietnamese
Staff details We have an extremely diverse staff on campus (about 120)! We believe this really positively influences our community on campus! We are very proud of all our differences, but keeping the same goal in mind of preparing the children for success! When we find good teachers, we do everything we can to keep them! Tenure and consistency is very important for the success of a school!

Neighborhood

Transportation details Our bus service will drop off and pick up at your home!
Transportation options Buses / vans provided for students
Partnerships with local resources and organizations No

Enrollment

Application/ enrollment process details Merritt accepts applications year round however we begin building our classes for the next school year in the February/March time frame after the re-enrollment period. Current families receive priority consideration. Merritt maintains an active waiting list for our early childhood and preschool programs. We enroll new students from as appropriate placements become available. Applicants for the start of the new school year will find the best availability.
Learn more Http://www.merrittacademy.org/admissions/index.html
Application requirements Application
Application fee
Type of application deadline Rolling
Application fee amount $75
Application fee waivers available? No
Tuition range (low) $19000
Tuition range (high) $23000
For the year 2016-2017
Financial aid offered School-based aid
Vouchers accepted No

Sources

Student diversity NCES, 2011-2012