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School - Kindergarten through 6th Grade

brochure Merritt Academy offers students in Kindergarten through 6th grade challenging academic instruction with a focus on character education and values. Supported by veteran staff with over 230 years of combined teaching experience, students are given license to be exceptional and discover their unique talents within a nurturing and supportive community. 


Small Classes

Small classes give teachers the opportunity to be creative and plan activities that challenge, excite and engage students. Third grade students recently put on an “adjective fashion show to further develop their understanding of the parts of speech, while fifth grade students built balsa wood gliders and used them to explore the scientific method- each student writing a hypothesis, conducting trials, analyzing data and evaluating their results to draw conclusions about flight duration and patterns. 

Grade-Level Hallmark Activities

Students enjoy frequent “Hallmarks”, like Kindergarten’s Fairy Tale Ball and fourth grade's Colonial Day. Other favorites are Kindertown, a model city staffed by parent doctors, bankers, construction workers and other community helpers; Egyptian Day; International Day; Spirit Week; and the Science Fair. 

Strong Technology Integration

Teachers employ interactive SMART Boards, a SMART table, iPads, video equipment, and computers in the classrooms. All of the students in grades 1-7 use iPads to write, edit, and publish e-books, and utilize apps as support for all subject areas. Our Design and Technology program focuses on a different theme each year, with 2016-17 focused on engneering. This program helps to further incorporate principles of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics) into the classrooms.

Leadership Opportunitiesintergen

Students serve as a “Project Pal” to a younger student, serve on the Student Council (beginning in 2nd grade), and through Merritt’s unique Intergenerational Program, visit the residents of various assisted senior living communities to provide company, conversation and companionship while learning first-hand the values of patience, empathy, helpfulness and wisdom from their “grand-friends”.

The Merritt Academy Curriculum

Our curriculum draws inspiration from many different programs of study and offers our students a world-class education.  Merritt updates the core subject curricula on a rotating cycle, so each curriculum stays relevant, current and pertinent to our changing world.  Our core areas of curriculum are:

Specialty Classes

Specialty teachers integrate their lessons with classrooms lessons, such as creating a collage of the four stages of butterfly development in art class to enhance the classroom science lesson.  Specialty subjects include:

  • Library
  • Physical Education
  • Music
  • Computers
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Art

Field Trips

Merritt Academy students travel all across the DC/Metro area, as well as to other nearby cities, including Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Richmond. Whether exploring the hardships of daily life for the settlers in Jamestown, observing geological formations while hiking in Great Falls, or attending a theatrical performance at one of the many area theaters, Merritt Academy students are always on the go.  Here are some recent field trips:

Life After Merritt

Life is filled with possibilities for our students.  A Merritt Academy education provides a springboard for students, preparing them to continue their education at the most respected schools in and around the region.
The following is a partial list of schools where former Merritt Academy students have been accepted:

Bishop Denis J. O’Connell High School
Flint Hill School
Foxcroft School
Fredericksburg Academy
Holton-Arms School
Madeira School
Paul VI Catholic High School
Potomac School
Wakefield School
Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, along with other local public schools (often placing into Advanced Placement (AP), Pre-International Baccalaureate (IB), and Honors classes) 



I hope there will be another awesome field trip like this in fourth grade and people who do it after us enjoy it as much as I did with my classmates.

Merritt Academy 3rd Grade Student

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