At Meridian, our teachers don’t deliver lessons to be memorized. Here, learning is alive and led by students, who ask questions and drive the instructional time. Students work in small groups on projects that are connected to real life, not just theories on paper. Most assessments are project-based and hands-on.
Meridian has an inquiry-based and student-centered instruction model. Our curriculum is aligned to the Common Core, which are nationwide standards in mathematics and English language arts (ELA). These standards are uniform in order to set high expectations for each student and teacher throughout the educational system.
To translate knowledge and skills described in the standards into clear, specific guidance for teachers, Meridian has developed curriculum frameworks and maps that guide instruction. Our teachers build on these standards with innovative and age- appropriate lessons and projects that stimulate our students’ creativity and problem-solving skills.
Above all, our students are immersed in language. Their classrooms are joyous, text-rich environments with student work displayed, word walls, and classroom library centers. For grades PreK–8, classroom libraries strive to have leveled books, Caldecott and Newberry award-winning literature, multiple genres, and reference materials.
What is inquiry-based learning?
This model is a form of active instruction which involves posing a question that engage students and helps them form their own understanding of the lesson.
What is student-centered instruction?
This refers to various classroom activities that address their distinct learning needs, interests, aspirations, or cultural backgrounds. They empower children to take charge of their learning, show off what they know, and explain the skills being taught in their own words. This model promotes a sense of pride and accomplishment in our students.
Core to our mission is that each student, regardless of his or her academic level, finds joy in learning. Our model allows students more one-on-one time with instructors than a traditional structure. Pre-K and Kindergarten classrooms have a lead teacher and access to an instructional assistant, who provide extra support and monitor progress. Our classrooms in grades 1–6 practice an inclusive model with substantial co-teaching with Student Support teams (SPED and ELL teachers).
Tracking academic progress is crucial to ensure our students are on and above grade level. We conduct regular assessment benchmarking using TS Gold in Pre-K and MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) in grades K-8. These tools adapt to each student’s skill level in a particular area. The data helps our teachers measure individualized student progress and growth. K–8 students are also given unit assessments to assess mastery of standards taught throughout the year in math, English Language Arts (ELA), and science.
Near the end of the school year, grades 3–8 participate in the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessment. The PARCC test measures students’ critical thinking, problem solving skills and progress toward the college and career-ready academic standards recently adopted by DC and other states. These standards are an effort to better prepare our children for the next steps in their education and in life and to bolster a competitive and thriving state economy.
A message from the Head of School
Welcome current and prospective families!
Allow me the chance to introduce myself. I joined the Meridian family in May 2016 as Head of School. I’m a native of D.C. and a graduate of Benjamin Banneker High School. Since 2001, I have been an English teacher, instructional coach, and school leader in Washington, DC. Most recently, I served as the Dean and Director of Student Affairs at Thurgood Marshall Academy Charter High School in Washington, DC, since 2004. I earned my Bachelor of Arts degree from Clark Atlanta University and a Master’s in Educational Leadership from Teacher’s College, Columbia University. I look forward to working alongside you, your students and the entire Meridian family!
Meridian is a loving, joyful place for our students to learn, explore, and grow. If you are already part of the Meridian family, I am looking forward to working alongside you, your students, and our staff. If you’re considering joining the Meridian family, I hope to get to know you and your student and welcome the opportunity to show you what Meridian has to offer. It’s a new day at Meridian and I’m excited to partner with you for your child’s success!
Online programs used in the classroom and at home
Used during K–8 "Owl Hour" (intervention/remediation block) for practicing Math and ELA skills, the program provides immediate feedback with question-specific explanations for every incorrect answer. This structure makes it easy for each child to practice the material he or she needs to fill gaps in learning, keep up with the class, and even advance in topic areas of interest.
Used primarily by grades 4–8 to reinforce ELA skills, Newsela curates the most relevant and interesting nonfiction content, including daily news articles, famous speeches, primary sources, and biographies. Every article is written at 5 different reading levels, making it easy for an entire class to read the same content at a level that’s just right for each reader.
Used in grades 3–8 for PARCC test preparation.
Used by Special Education teachers in pull-out sessions, this program offers online reading activities for all ages and ability levels. Students earn points and achievement badges along with their reading scores.
Technology-focused Specials and Electives also use a variety of online programs like TypingClub and Code Monkey to learn age appropriate keyboarding and coding skills.