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Merit School of Stafford

Private | PK-1 | 130 students

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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $252,500. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,490.

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Posted February 4, 2014

Love them, love them, love them! Cannot speak highly enough about this preschool and daycare. They are organized, professional and their staff is wonderful. They address concerns as they arise and are accomodating if your situation/schedule is not the norm. 2 of my children have gone there and I will continue to send the rest there as well.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 22, 2013

I've been very, very impressed with this school. We initially contacted them while living in another state (military family). Everyone was friendly, helpful, and very quick to respond to my emails. My son is usually a bit shy, but once he saw the playground he warmed up a bit. His teacher has been phenomenal, emailing me weekly, and writing a detailed letter for parents every week in the kids "Friday Folder" about that weeks activites and what they are studying. The facility itself is not brand new, do not let that deter you. The director and assistant director are friendly and have always addressed me by name since our first meeting. They have a ton of events for the kids, field trips, and parent involement. My only complaint is that security could be a bit more advanced, what we were used to at our last school was much better, but it was also brand new. Check this school out, you won't regret it!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 26, 2012

I love the Merit School of Stafford my children have attended the school for several years. We have done preschool, jr. kindergarten, and kindergarten. My son loved the all the teachers. He had the best experience in the Kindergarten program with Mrs. Karr. He was able to learn so much, he is more than prepared for public school. The Before and After staff was great to both of my kids. The office staff was always able to help me and support my family.
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Posted August 1, 2012

This school's facilities are so below what one should expect. There is only one very outdated way of teaching the children that I am not happy about at all. I was only enrolled for about a month because I felt like I should try but the teachers and management are all sub par.
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Posted June 22, 2012

Idid not like the kindergarden teacher nor after care staff. I would have never sent my child here anymore.Im not the only one who feels this way. Im glad to see another reveiw thats on the same points as me and my child are. I would also say dont go
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Posted June 19, 2012

The Merit School has wonderful teachers and a good curricula -- and the before and after program is great as well. As with any other school, your child's education here really hinges on the bond that your child forms with his/her teacher and how involved you are as a parent in his/her school life. But, all of the teachers really seem to care, and reach out whenever possible (not jus when necessary). The Assistant Director is great, organized, and really makes families and their kids feel like a part of the "family". You always know where you stand with her. The Director on the other hand, is sort of a train wreck. Disorganized, unprofessional, and even slightly off-color at times. If you can live your "Merit" school life without having to really deal with her, you'll love it.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted December 12, 2011

Great school from teachers that really care. If I was not moving from the area, I would enroll my younger daughter into the program. Do not miss the opportunity for a great foundation at Merit.
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Posted September 14, 2010

I went for a tour and was taken aback at the fact that the school is along a busy large road (Garrisonville) and yet the fence is only about 3 feet tall and not locked. The classrooms are actually trailers and the trailers have been there for 20 years. A real turnoff.

Posted June 28, 2010

An amazing school. I was skeptical sine my son had behavior issues n 2 other schools. The school worked ith him and us and he has been doing GREAT in his higher grades. My daughter just went through 3 years and I don't think we oculd have had a better expereince. I am sad that she has graduated kindergarten. I will deeply miss all of the families and staff who are like an extended family in the close knit school. The education was better than I hoped for and the kids really like the low turnover rate. Each summer they know everyone and can't wait to see all of their friends. I thought my son had outgrown the school but he loves going back fro summer camp.
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Posted January 31, 2008

My daughter has been going to The Merit School in Stafford for 2 years (Preschool & Jr. Kindergarten). Before going, she was shy & quiet-not quite 'out of her shell'. We noticed a difference within the first month of Preschool, she was talkative outgoing, and learning in their structured environment. Ms. Pickle (Preschool) and Ms. McVickers (Jr. Kindergarten) are dedicated and focused in their mission to teach, setting 'their kids' on the right path of not only learning, but also seeking knowledge. I know that when my daughter got to a public school next year for Kindergarten, she will be ahead of 'the pack' because of the dedication of Principal Dolan and her staff. I would walk up to parents (of toddlers) that I do not know, and tell them of the benefits of sending their kids to The Merit School.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 14, 2007

I think that he Merit School is a wonderful place for your children to start their education...the teachers are great and the principal has an abundance of patience. It's a wonderful school.
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Posted May 25, 2007

I think the Merit School is awesome. My daughter went to Jr. Kindergarten there last year and she had an awesome experience. She was on her way to reading when she graduated. She is now in Kindergarten, and she is at the top of her class. My son is currently in the Preschool program and he loves it. I have seen a dramatic change in his social and academic abilities since starting there. There are a couple of children in his class who are writing their names and showing interest in reading. This school not only focuses on academics, but extracurricular activities as well. This year, they are able to participate in Spanish, Music, and Rizmu (which is a movement class) once a week. This school is definitely worth the money. The teachers and staff are very knowledgeable and truly love the children. Your kids will have a wonderful experience here.
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Posted August 22, 2005

My oldest child just graduated from fifth grade. My youngest will begin soon. We began in Kindergarten. Mrs. Wagner was absolutely wonderful. She gave our child a great start and a love of learning. This continued throughout all of the grades. What was so unique was the caring environment and the individualized curriculum. The academic programs are outstanding. Spanish, music, computer, and Physical Eduation classes are part of the curriculum for every grade. There are no extracurricular acctivities - such as sports- but there is a very good before and after program. The school's hours are 5:30 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. - which helps if you work in the D.C. metropolitan area. There is also an organization called P.A.T.S.(Parents, Administration, Teachers,Students) which helps the whole family get involved in the school. Harvest Night, Field trips, Science Fair, and the Writer's celebration are also a part of the school.
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Posted February 17, 2005

Recently went to the school to assess it; very impressed with the staff and the commitment to children. Class size is small, giving children personal attention to their needs. Enrolled our child for the coming school year, in Sept 2005. Class sizes range from max 11 in the PreK class, to 16 in the 1st-5th grades. After PreK the children also wear uniform.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 17, 2005

The name is now Merit School. My son is in the fifth grade and my daughter is in the second grade. Awesome academic program and outstanding teachers. They do this because they love their career. My son is in the top of his class. Small classes. For instance, my son's class has a total of seven students. They have a music program. Unfortunately the facility does not have an indoor area for physical activity, so they are outside doing the PE. But they periodically take field trips to some Gym. Also their is not any sports (organized team) or extracurricular activities. We have ours enrolled through the county for this. If you are looking for an academically sound and challenging school. This is it.
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Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • NECPA Accredited (2012)
  • Northern Virginia Magazine Top School Winner (2009)

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)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Music
Staff resources available to students
  • Music teacher(s)

Language learning

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Foreign languages
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered
  • Spanish
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
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School basics

School start time
  • 9:00 am
School end time
  • 12:00 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 5:30 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 7:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Sherry Roberson
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 3 years old
  • Coed
Special schedule
  • Part-time study
  • Year-round
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
  • Nonsectarian
Fax number
  • (540) 720-5607


Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • None
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Foreign languages
  • Music
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • Spanish
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
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students


Staff resources available to students
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
  • public school transportation
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Playground
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
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  • Our curriculum is designed to meet the developmental and educational needs of the young child. Virginia’s Foundation Blocks for Early Learning guides us in the literacy, math, science and social science concepts that are developed in our Preschool and Junior Kindergarten 4 and Junior Kindergarten 5 programs. Our Kindergarten program is designed not only to meet, but also to exceed the Virginia Standards of Learning. Our home-like atmosphere, small classes, and individualized instruction supports our comfortable and child-centered learning environment which eases the transition from home to school for our students and insures their learning success.
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Tuition range for the 2012-2013 school year
$2000 - $6000
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664 Garrisonville Road
Stafford, VA 22554
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Phone: (540) 659-5290


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