We provide a challenging academic program to all our students.
Merritt Academy was established in 1963 by Rachel O. Merritt who was searching for a school for her own two daughters that would focus on their individuality and develop their unique abilities. Having a clear vision for a school with this mission, Rachel set out to start her own school based on the following philosophy:
Children progress along a well-defined road to maturity, but each according to his own tempo. They do not grow evenly or according to a time schedule. New features emerge, sometimes suddenly, sometimes gradually. From birth to maturity, it is through experiences that the child grows in body, knowledge, and skill.
As a working mother, Rachel also wanted to help make life easier for parents. She developed a strong afterschool program that gave children enriched extra curricular activities such as piano lessons and intramural sports programs so that parents would not have to go elsewhere.
Originally the school was named The Talent House Private School, because Rachel believed that each child has talents and it is the responsibility of the educator to discover and nurture those talents.
Merritt Academy continues to be committed to the principles that Rachel put in place over 50 years ago
Our school is built upon three foundational pillars:
We emphasize values throughout our school to help build character in all our students.
We commit to serve every family earning trust through our responsiveness, flexibility, and support.
Legacy of Our Founders
- Encouraging the unique talents and potential of each child in a safe and nurturing environment
- Embracing the joy of learning
- Promoting academic excellence
- Developing the strength of character to make morally sound decisions
- Providing support and service to our families
- Treating the members of our community – students, staff and parents – and the world around us with respect and kindness
- Nourishing compassion and the desire to serve others
“ Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education. ”
-Martin Luther King, Jr.
Merritt Academy is proud to be recognized as a National School of Character by the Character Education Partner-ship, a national non-profit coalition based in Washington, D.C.
After School Activities
Merritt Academy provides a safe, enriching after-school environment for students attending area elementary schools.