Elementary School Teacher

student supports

Merit Academy is a choice-in public school comprised of students from many walks of life and with various abilities. While fully engaged in our rigorous, classical, Core Knowledge curriculum, some students may need additional supports to be successful in the classroom. Our staff members are specialized in providing the assistance or interventions that students need. These are dedicated experts in: counseling, special education, gifted and talented education, English language learners, at-risk, and health.  


Special Education

Please let us know if your student is on an IEP.

We provide the following services:

  • Trained Gen Ed staff in IEP protocols and interventions

  • Speech therapist

  • Occupational therapist

  • Literacy, Reading, Math Interventions (i.e. dyslexia)

  • Classroom assistance, following the IEP

  • School nurse and health aide

  • Psychologist: evaluation

  • Counselor or Social Worker

  • Certified Special Education teacher to manage IEP cases

Gifted & Talented

Please let us know if your student is on an ALP.

Students may exhibit giftedness in many fields. This is often initially recognized with a 95% or higher score on a variety of assessments. 

​The GT coordinator will work with families to provide the additional resources that GT students may need


Please let us know if your student is on a 504 or has other health needs.

Our nurse, health aide and 504 coordinator are available to manage the health needs of students. Such needs range from upset tummies to daily documented health needs. Please provide staff with the medical documentation and prescribed orders.


Also, please let us know if anything changes in the health protocols of your child. It's important to keep lines of communication open for the health and safety of our students.

English Language Learners 

Students whose primary language is one other than English may qualify for ELL services. These students are identified through the Home Language Survey and a follow-up screening. ACCESS is an annual assessment used to identify growth or needed services. All of these combined may determine the student's level of proficiency in the English language.

Title 1 students 

A family's socio-economic status should not prevent children from an excellent education.   Students who qualify will have a waiver of school meal expenses and student fees. Students may receive uniform scholarships. Merit Academy will provide school counselors or connect families to other means of assistance. There will be ample resources and services for students struggling with Reading and Math.

If your student requires assistance like reading and math interventions, we have the supports they need. Even with something as simple as additional tutoring, our personnel will meet with you to assess which interventions would be most effective. The successful education of children is a partnership between the family or guardians and the school. Please do not hesitate to reach out to your teacher or a staff member to discuss this collaboration. Together, we will nurture confident, responsible, and joyful citizens.