We provide a challenging academic program to all our students.
At Merritt , Middle School is built upon a learning environment rich in critical thinking skills and collaboration that cultivates communication and promotes independence. This is achieved through student-led learning; curricula focused on 21st century skills; and partnership with caring teachers who understand the mindset of middle school students.
Our school is built upon three foundational pillars:
We provide a challenging academic program to all our students.
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.
Merritt Academy is a place that recognizes the abilities of children and targets instruction to successfully grow and develop those talents.
Every aspect of our school is carefully curated to create the ideal conditions for academic and character success
Our advanced, proprietary curriculum focuses on core academic subjects by balancing innovative, research backed educational practices with traditional educational methods.
Our wide variety of specialty classes further support our core academics and allow students to further develop cross curricular strengths & interest.
With iPads and Smartboards in classrooms, Merritt Academy deploys technology in developmentally appropriate ways to optimize learning for our youngest elementary students. Our computer lab offers your kindergartner opportunities to practice and reinforce skills developing in the classroom.
Throughout your child’s learning journey at Merritt, your student will gain skills in keyboarding, graphic design, coding, website design as well as in writing, math and presentation-related software.
From fifth grade through middle school, Merritt Academy provides each child with a personal Chromebook computer supported by our Technology team. After graduation or if you move away, your child will keep the Chromebook and portfolio of work. Our secure distance learning platform encourages student engagement and collaboration along with teacher guided instruction. Our oldest students use their cloud-based portfolio to work from home in the evening, over the weekend, or during an absence from campus.
Merritt Academy’s robust distance education platform ensures continuity of your child’s studies and helps your child feel connected.
A unique aspect of math education at Merritt is our ability to individualize students’ education so that some students are placed a grade ahead.
Science at Merritt is focused on Earth, Life, and Physical science along with health & hygiene and investigation and experimentation. A unique aspect of Merritt’s science program is the focus on Design and Technology.
Social Studies provides instruction for students to develop skills in areas such as using maps, understanding the contributions of historical figures, and analysis of events and their impact on our lives. Merritt’s social studies program uses field trips and special events to complement what students are learning.
Language Arts provides a strong foundation in writing, grammar, and reading so that students are prepared to excel in high school and beyond. Merritt’s older students use Reader’s Workshop to explore themes in books they have individually chosen thus allowing freedom of choice and fostering a love for reading.
Our foreign language classes focus on teaching grammar, writing, and culture while placing a strong emphasis on oral fluency. A unique aspect to our foreign language program is that beginning in 5th grade the students have foreign language every day, making it a core class. Students continue this through middle school and graduate with high school credit in either French or Spanish.
Students learn typing as well as a variety of computer skills such as Excel, HTML, and other programs. A unique aspects to our program is the development of a website by our middle school students to share the D&T Program with others.
Art education at Merritt is focused on building skills as well as an understanding and awareness of artists and art history. A unique part of our program is the field trips that all classes take with the art teacher.
Students learn music skills as well as music theory through a variety of lessons involving vocal and instrumental techniques. A unique aspect to our music program for the older students is the focus on playing handbells.
Merritt’s PE program provides instruction in a variety of sports, with a focus on building skills. A unique aspect to our PE program is that students go on field trips with the PE teacher, such as hiking the Billy Goat Trail or going kayaking.
Social & Emotional Education
Merritt’s focus on SEL (social emotional learning) stems from the support provided by the School Counselor and the Second Steps Program used with all students. Providing this tool for students is unique and allows Merritt to help students have a well-balanced educational experience.
Today’s students are digital natives so we give them the tools and the training to harness these skills for maximum educational value.
Field Trips and Hallmarks are carefully coordinated to enrich our curriculum with a level of interactive learning that encourages excitement and participation.
Students, teachers and parents regularly look forward to many of Merritt’s hallmarks as annual traditions.
Constantly discovering new ways to use the greater D.C. area as our extended classroom adds an unparalleled layer to our student’s academic experience.
Examples of hallmarks and field trips include:
In addition there is at least one overnight trip each year. Past trips have included:
At Merritt Academy, we have embraced our responsibility to teach character to the next generation.
Our comprehensive character curriculum provides a challenging plan to grow strong, quality character in our students.
Our whole-school approach to character education includes
These skills are taught, reinforced and role-modeled by classroom teachers, assistants and all other staff.
The goal is to teach children to treat each other with respect, kindness, and tolerance, to develop self-regulation skills, and to be able to problem-solve without escalation to violence.
This curriculum nicely supports the Merritt Academy Code of Courtesy and the character traits which are taught each month on a rotating basis.
An important application of Merritt’s Character Education Curriculum is the schools renowned Intergenerational program
All Merritt Academy students, infants – 8th graders, participate in the school’s Intergenerational Programs.
Our Project Pals Program is designed for children of different age groups to develop meaningful friendships. Every classroom is paired with another classroom of younger or older students to meet at least once a month and collaborate on academic projects. Students discover a deeper dimension to learning based on the interactions and ideas of their Project Pal.
With our neighbors at Sunrise Senior Living and the Virginian Retirement community, our Elementary school students participate in the Seniors and Students Together Intergenerational program. Students enjoy sharing classroom lessons and discussing diverse concepts and ideas with seniors.
During their visits, students and seniors participate in a wide variety of activities, including:
We recognize that parents are the subject matter experts on their children and we value their input and participation in the educational process.
The importance of clear lines of communication between school and home is heavily emphasized by:
Each day is different as so much exciting learning is going on in some many different ways.
An average day at Merritt Academy may look like:
|7:00 AM||Campus Opens||Breakfast and playground time for those who need an early drop off|
|8:30 AM||School Starts||School day begins with “Merritt in the Morning”, our video broadcasted morning announcements that are scripted, presented, and filmed entirely by our middle school students.|
|8:45 AM||Core Subjects|
|12:00 PM||Lunch||Followed by a half hour of recess time outdoors.|
|1:00 PM||Foreign Language|
|2:00||Speciality Classes||A variety of classes to further support our core academics and allow students to further develop cross curricular strengths & interest|
|3:30 PM||School Day Ends||From 3:30-4:30 students have an option to stay for teacher led study hall.
Merritt Academy remains open until 6:30pm for those who need extended care
Merritt Academy provides daily lunch service and an afternoon snack meeting appropriate nutritional guidelines.
“ Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education. ”
-Martin Luther King, Jr.
A National School of Character
VISA accredited K3-8th Grade
9211 Arlington Blvd.
Fairfax, VA 22031
Phone | 703.273.8000 | Email
Merritt Academy is proud to be recognized as a National School of Character by the Character Education Partnership, a national non-profit coalition based in Washington, D.C.
Merritt Academy provides a safe, enriching afterschool environment for students attending our elementary program.
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