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K-5|Private
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There are 28 reviews about all of the school topics.

Handles bullying effectively: Disagree


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The enforcement of bullying policy is hit and miss. It seems to depend on the interpretation of the faculty member who is present.

Supports LD students: Disagree


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This school will likely churn out mid-level managers galore. Just do not expect innovators who think even on the outskirts of the box to be supported in any way.


Effective school leaders: Strongly disagree


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Head of school runs the place as a cold dictatorship and does not take kindly to differing opinions, whether from faculty or parents. I don't appreciate it at all.

Develops character: Agree


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Most of the students demonstrate an appreciable amount of integrity, compassion and respect. My eldest exhibits all of these qualities, and her middle school teachers say that is the one consistency regarding Meridian students. They just tend to come out a bit sheltered.

Teacher effectiveness: Agree


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Most of the teachers are great and really care about their students. There are a few that seem either disinterested or, quite frankly, under qualified.


Amount of homework: Agree


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The expectations of the students are realistic and do a decent job of preparing them for the next level.



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If you want your child to be an independent thinker who is inquisitive and challenges ideas, look elsewhere. The goal of the current administration is to run it as a business and focus on accepting children that make their lives easy so they can focus on what matters most (I guess that is not the kids?) (Hopefully this will change with the eagerly awaited departure of the current head of school who is incredibly condescending to faculty, staff, parents and students.) The teachers are generally very nice and the math coach is amazing. They all want your child to learn and they want your child to be a good person. The administration, however, does its best to avoid children who think for themselves or dare to question anything. Their word is gospel. Docile and submissive children are welcomed with open arms, so long as they stay in line! Perhaps that is why the school has one of the highest turnover rates around. They are going on their third Head of School in only four years and teachers come and go through revolving doors, especially under the current head of school. Also, with a total of 4% underrepresented minorities (an average of roughly 0.68 per classroom) The Meridian School is great for those who like to talk about diversity from a distance while minimizing their child's exposure to people of color. This is the lowest of any school with over 100 students in the whole city (Washington State average is 28%). Meridian's claim of promoting "Diversity and Inclusion" apparently means bringing in guest speakers to talk to students about the real world that surrounds the school, but I am guessing they are required to enter through the back door. If you want your child to actually be exposed to the real world and learn to think for herself, any school in the Seattle area will better suit your needs. **** Update on 05/21/2017 The shining star that I mentioned above (excellent math coach) is apparently leaving at the end of this year after more than a decade. I guess I shouldn't be surprised as she is both outspoken and from Colombia. I am sure they will find someone that blends into their culture a bit better. That is a real shame.



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Meridian over the last four years has been an amazing community of supportive and talented teachers, a wise and strategic leadership team that has served as a change agent and helped the school mature and hone what it was already doing well, preparing kids to be successful academically and socially outside the gates of the secret garden of their elementary school. Meridian has worked with learners across a wide range and found ways to challenge and support them. Great place!


Handles bullying effectively: Strongly agree


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Bullying is not tolerated. It may happen, kids are kids, but it is dealt with and the general message of Meridian cares wins out in the end. Parents are another story . . . .especially when writing online reviews anonymously!

Supports LD students: Strongly agree


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As a parent of a "twice gifted' child, I've witnessed the lengths Meridian will go to to help a child with learning differences succeed. That same child and other kids also benefited from the extra challenge of extension classes without needing to be pulled to a gifted program. But the teachers and Customized Learning team work hard to meet each child where they are and progress.

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