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We have been at Merritt for 12+ years. Merritt has provided all of our kids with a loving, secure environment and a very firm foundation for character and learning.hands.
Heather K. Bardot, Esquire
Merritt Academy Parent

My husband and I have had our kids at Merritt Academy since 2011.  The school came highly recommended through friends and coworkers and our impression of it from the start was a very positive one.  Both our boys have thrived and absolutely love going to school there.  Their teachers have become an extension of our family who cheer every success and advise when advice is needed. Besides the great academic program offered at the school, the teachers and staff at Merritt Academy have gone above and beyond the call of duty to try to accommodate my special needs child.  They have been very involved and concerned about his wellbeing and have always had his best interest in mind.  He has made great progress in his development and it is due in great part to their advocacy and support. It would be hard to find a more dedicated group of individuals and I truly believe my boys could not be in better hands.
Mónica A. Arboleda-Peña
Merritt Academy Parent

I wish I had had a teacher like you (Mrs. Bower) growing up!!  I have one now!!  :-) Thanks for always making me feel so special and like a part of the class!!
Brooke Diaz
Merritt Academy Parent

Ms. Andreia, Ms. Lijuan, and Ms. Cathy are yet another wonderful team. Ms. Andreia is truly gifted - she is always so well organized and so well prepared! She musters a tremendous amount of creative energy and enthusiasm every morning as she greets the children. We have been so fortunate with all the teachers we have had at Merritt and I'm sure that much of that can be attributed to you and Milly as well. I was trying to think if I ever saw you have a bad day over the past several years - and I'm pretty certain that I haven't! Your patience, understanding and remarkable positive energy are admirable.
The Locke Family
Merritt Academy Parent

Every day my kids come home from camp talking about all the fun they had. The counselors are professional and the activities are fun and age-appropriate. From the great hours of operation, to the entertaining program, to the amazing field trips twice a week, even I consider myself a happy camper at the end of each day!
Gabriella Dewiler
Merritt Academy Summer Camp Parent

Thank you very much for a rewarding and educational CIT program.  Brendan really enjoyed his four weeks and learned a lot during the time he spent in the program. We appreciate the thought and effort that went into the planning, work duties, and activities.  It seems you were able to strike the right balance between work, learning, and play. Thank you again and Brendan looks forward to applying again next year.
Heather Cogdell
Merritt Academy Summer Camp Parent

The kids have truly enjoyed their time at Merritt and I am very happy with how they were welcomed and taken care of. Both the kids and I have felt safe and comfortable throughout the whole year.
Christoffer Eriksen
Merritt Academy Parent

David will have wonderful memories of Merritt, his teachers, and peers. Thanks to Mrs. Young the librarian, Mrs. Davidson, and Mr.  Brian, David has begun to appreciate books and reads every time he gets a chance. Just yesterday, when Daddy picked him up after school, David was reading a book while his classmates were playing. As parents, we are thrilled!
Former Merritt Academy Parent

Caleb just adores her [Ms. Kelly] and Ms. Mills.  They are both such extraordinary people and teachers and Caleb has already learned so much.  And he has a blast doing it! 
Sara Fiala
Merritt Academy Parent

Recently I am very surprised to notice that Helen started to draw many objects so vivid and lovely. Helen told us that it was her art teacher that taught her all those techniques. I am amazed by her progress and really like to thank you for your great work with Helen!
Yanlin Guo
Merritt Academy Parent

Jayden loves Merritt Academy (he's been with you since he was a year and half), so we know that he'll miss everyone at Merritt. Moreover, he had developed so much both socially and academically during his time at Merritt, and we want to express our appreciation to you here as well. We thank every teacher and staff member who made him feel welcome and happy.
Sae-Young Park
Merritt Academy Parent

Great job from all the staff putting the Grandparents' Day program together. I loved all the special touches...especially the personalized card from my granddaughter, Olivia. It was fun to interact with her at the table; and loved going outside to the playground. I look forward to attending again next year. Thank you.
Sharon Logran
Merritt Academy Grandparent

We are very sad to have to say good bye to the wonderful people we have met over the past 5 years at Merritt.  We will miss everyone, and hope to come back for visits so that the kids can still have some connection to the great community that is Merritt Academy.  We were truly blessed to have found this school.
Ashley Van Meter
Merritt Academy Parent

In my professional life, I have had the great privilege to interact with some of the most seasoned educations in our area, and I would place Ms. Ford at the very, very top of that esteemed list! Ms. Ford is an exceptional educator who somehow effortlessly balances providing the joy of learning with the needed structure for this age-group in her classroom.
Mary Elizabeth Quig, Ph.D.
Merritt Academy Parent

I wanted to take this opportunity to say thank you for having such wonderful teachers and assistants here at Merritt. As this is our first year at Merritt, there was a big adjustment on Maggie’s part (lots of tears back in September) and all the morning cafeteria teachers this year (Mrs. Kelly, Mrs. Kendall, Mrs. Pitts, Mrs. Bowers  & Ms. Lijuan) but especially her teachers, Yelena Kushnir and Joanna Augustine, have all been wonderful in helping Maggie adjust to her “new school.” Everyone has been so patient with us when we have questions or are trying to find out information and have been just a god-send to us this year. As a testament, we started with tears when I would drop her off in the morning back in September and have progressed to me being waved off while she gets breakfast and goes to play with classmates.  We look forward to many years of volunteering and working with the teachers so we can see her second graduation from Merritt. Thank you all again for all that you do here at Merritt and for having such a wonderful staff. Have a great summer and we look forward to moving to “the big school building” as Maggie calls it, next school year.
HeatherTalbert
Merritt Academy Parent

From the first time we brought Cece for a trial day at the school at 2 1/2 to the present, we have always felt a special bond with Merritt Academy. We appreciated the warm and embracing spirit of Merritt and the teachers that Joseph had during his time there. Joseph will always have warm memories of Merritt and has promised to stay in touch with the teachers and classmates while we are away.
Ambassador Huggins and Mrs. Sullivan
Merritt Academy Parents

Over the year, Ms. Ford and her exceptional team (Mr. Ricardo and Ms. Flo) continually provided an enriched learning environment which was both structured, and filled with wonder.
Mary Elizabeth Quig, Ph.D.
Merritt Academy Parent

Our sons have both had wonderful beginnings at your school. One was there from age 2 to 5, and the other from 8 weeks old until now. Your teachers are loving, kind and generous and I only hope we can find an equally wonderful setting for our son to finish out his preschool years. We will continue to refer friends to your school, as we have in the past and hope the school continues to thrive.
Anonymous
Merritt Academy Parents

We VERY much appreciate all the special attention, care and concern you've given to Kendra in regard to her visual impairment.  We can't tell you how great it was to know that she would not be left behind.  It is wonderful to see how well she is reading now.  Thanks for your dedication, patience and perseverance with her.  It has been a challenging year for us but you have made it easy for us.  We appreciate your flexibility and time....  Thanks for your attention and quick response to our many e-mails.
Mrs. Treva Smith
Merritt Academy Parent

I'm Abigail and Ian Locke's mom and while there are many special things about Merritt from the talented and dedicated staff to the bright and cheerful facility, I wanted to take a moment to share two anecdotes with you.

Many afternoons Abigail simply doesn't want to leave. The good thing is that she loves school, the bad thing is this usually means her 4 month old brother and I can't get her into the car at a reasonable hour. The other day was one of those trying afternoons, and a rather distraught Abigail was pretty much inconsolable and straggling behind. A concerned parent not only stopped to make sure Abigail was okay, but in an effort to cheer her up, her daughter, Katie Holly, offered Abigail one of two new pencils that she had just gotten - and these just weren't any pencils - they had adorable yarn braids and a face. Despite Abigail being in the throes of her three year old meltdown, Katie insisted that she didn't really need two pencils and that Abigail should have one. It was such a sweet gesture, and so indicative of the generosity that Merritt tries to instill in its students, that I wanted to be sure you knew.

And as for the second special thing about Merritt...the other day I became concerned that I didn't know whether or not the kids were drinking whole milk and I happened to ask Linda Potts in passing who I might talk to about it. I hadn't asked Linda to follow up, but she must have sensed my concern, found out within the hour, looked up my number and contacted me at work to let me know it was 2%. I just wanted you to know how appreciative I am of her spending that extra time and effort to get me an answer...and so quickly.

It definitely makes working a bit easier knowing that Abigail and Ian are in good hands. Thank you for all you do.

Lisa Locke
Merritt Academy Parent

We came to your open house on the recommendation of friends and colleagues. Merritt has exceeded our expectations. We have the highest praise for Ms. Bev Lining for the preschool program that we have come to know and love, and especially for the variety of educational experiences. We loved the Thanksgiving program, student holiday shopping, the internationals show, recital, field trips and of course K-4 graduation. all of this, along with the outstanding curriculum has made for a great education. What our colleagues told us is true; it is the hallmark of Merritt Academy that the programs are infused with extra energy and enthusiasm that the leadership instills in the staff and school. We would also like to commend the exceptional after school program.

A special "Thank You" to Mrs. Angulo and Mrs. Kushnir for the outstanding education, nurturing atmosphere in the classroom, and fun times they created. Their love for the children and their work has been reflected in Robert's development under their care, and by his frequent requests to "stay a little longer" at pick-up in the afternoon. We have entrusted Robert to your care for two years and we are grateful for the positive atmosphere that Merritt has provided.
Bob and Donna Federico
Merritt Academy Parents

 

 

 

 

David will have wonderful memories of Merritt, his teachers, and peers.

Merritt Academy Parent

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