Across the nation, public and private schools alike are plagued with the same problems. They lack an overall vision. They lack continuity from class to class. Teachers are burned out. In large classes, there is no guarantee that all students receive detailed instruction and individualized guidance. Students are pushed through regardless of whether they’re prepared for the next level. These under-prepared students force classrooms to become remedial, making all students suffer. And every time budgets are cut, the problems worsen.
Merit Academy student meets with Governor Schwartzenegger to discuss Kids 4 Hydrogen.
Unfortunately, too many students are left with a “Swiss cheese” foundation—one with huge holes. With such a weak foundation, students lack the skills to move on and are unlikely to succeed unless they get outside tutoring. Sometimes it seems remarkable that any students are prepared for the next step by the time they get their diploma.
At Merit Academy, we don’t have these problems. Why? Because there is one student per class. Teachers teach directly to that one student, so there’s no way to slip through the cracks. The classes move at a level appropriate for each student. You won’t have to wonder whether your child is participating in class discussions or whether the teacher is engaging your child; these concerns are nonexistent at Merit.
Merit's teachers and director keep close tabs on each student’s progress. Teachers report directly to Merit’s Director about each student’s work. The director meets with each student once per week to ensure that the student is making good progress, enjoying their classes, and using their time wisely. If a student looks like they might fall behind, they are able to receive extra tutoring. No one gets lost in the shuffle at Merit.
At the same time, we employ rigorous standards to fully prepare students to be successful at even the most selective universities. Our dedicated teachers, who are experts in their fields, offer exciting lectures and individualized support. Students not only take a full load of accelerated classes, but they also get experience with life outside the classroom—holding internships, working on special projects, and performing community service. As students approach college, they receive guidance with the admissions process. Although the workload might seem heavy for some students, we offer the support they need to get it done.
Merit Academy is located in Santa Cruz, Cupertino, and Palo Alto. Merit's headquarters are located in Santa Cruz County. Call 831.462.5655 or 877.357.5655 (toll free) to learn more.
Merit Academy is a Kindergarten through 12th Grade Independent School accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) (for grades 9th-12th).