Meridian is proud to offer extracurricular activities throughout the academic year. Participation in clubs and sports teams is open to students in eligible grades with a 2.5 GPA.

All Grades

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Tutoring

Meridian offers intensive tutoring in reading and math for those students who need the extra support. Run by Meridian teachers and volunteers, the tutoring program assists 2nd–8th grade students two days per week after regular school hours. After-school tutoring will begin after the conclusion of fall MAP testing in mid/late September. Tutoring will be for selected 2nd–8th graders with greatest demonstrated academic need.


Elementary School

Music Club

This program gives 2nd - 6th grade students the opportunity to enhance, refine and strengthen the necessary skills to be able to present a performance on the highest possible level of musical virtuosity. Musical ensembles include the Stage Band, Show Choir, and Drum Line. Students will have the opportunity to learn how to apply a variety of rhythmic concepts to several genres of music.  The Music Club meets Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday starting the week of October 3, 2017.

Art Club

This after-school Art Club provides students different media of exploration while providing advanced technique and foundational skills for their artwork. The program consists of selected art students from 2nd–5th grade. The program's purpose is for students to get an opportunity to build their portfolio and to understand the different career paths in Visual Arts. We work with curators, galleries, universities, and museum locally, nationally, and internationally. During the spring semester students work on art and Technology. This past spring, students created their own video game character with a guest artist in Game Design. These characters were displayed in an exhibition at the end of the year.

Debate Team

The Meridian Public Charter School Debate Team is open to any interested students grades 5–8. The team meets weekly throughout the entire school year to prepare for monthly Saturday competitions with the Metro DC Speech and Debate League.

Participants develop many skills through practice and competition, including public speaking, listening, logic, research and writing. Members of the club have an opportunity to compete against a range of schools from the DMV area in the middle school league for awards and spots in more competitive national tournaments. This past school year was the first year Meridian competed in the league and took home a number of individual and team awards. We look forward to an even stronger season! The Debate Team will practice every Wednesday in the ES Library, beginning September 13, 2017.

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Middle School

Chess Club

Mr. Drabo hosts a weekly chess club. Students from beginner to intermediate can learn new skills and improve their techniques. The club was intramural last year, but in 2017-18 we look forward to competing in city-wide competitions.

Homework Space

Three times per week, students can stay after for some assistance with their homework, or just to have a quiet place to work independently.

Girls Mentoring Group and Boys Mentoring Group

Regular  meetings with assigned volunteer mentors and other activities help give our youth tools and fundamentals to develop into healthy, positive, and successful individuals. The group fosters discussions about education, personal and professional skill-building, and preparation for college and careers. 

Debate team

The Meridian Public Charter School Debate Team is open to any interested students grades 5–8. The team meets weekly throughout the entire school year to prepare for monthly Saturday competitions with the Metro DC Speech and Debate League.

Participants develop many skills through practice and competition, including public speaking, listening, logic, research and writing. Members of the club have an opportunity to compete against a range of schools from the DMV area in the middle school league for awards and spots in more competitive national tournaments. This past school year was the first year Meridian competed in the league and took home a number of individual and team awards. We look forward to an even stronger season! The Debate Team will practice every Wednesday in the ES Library, beginning September 13, 2017.

Yearbook

Students in Yearbook will develop artistic sensibilities in photography and graphic design, learn to write exciting copy and captions that evidence good thought flow and grammatical accuracy, and learn how to use Adobe Photoshop and other graphic design/yearbook applications. For SY17-18, Yearbook will meet Tuesdays after school at the Middle School campus. Meetings can go as late as 5pm.

Dance Team

Dance Team encourages all dancers to strive for excellence and enjoy the journey along the way. We believe each dancer has the ability to increase his/her physical, emotional, and intellectual well-being. Our goal is to provide quality dance instruction through caring, professional instructors in a friendly, family-oriented atmosphere. Dance promotes strong self-confidence, self-respect, discipline, and appreciation through the fine arts of dance. We inspire every dancer to find the creativity inside herself/himself. Dance Team will meet Wednesdays after school at the Middle School campus. Practices can go as late as 5pm. Students who participate will be eligible to compete in competitions.


Athletics

All sports at Meridian are interest-based. During the 2016–2017 school year, Meridian offered both boys and girls basketball, track and field, and soccer. Meridian participates in the WCSAA (Washington Charter Schools Athletic Association) league. For more information, email gsockwell@meridian-dc.org or 202-531-1970.

Elementary School Athletics

Soccer: The Meridian Public Charter School Soccer Program, in partnership with DC Scores, allows students in 3rd-6th grades to develop the fundamental skills necessary to actively participate and understand the game of soccer. The program is during the Fall and Spring with practices at the ES gym three days a week (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 4:00 - 5:00 PM); games are typically on Wednesdays or Fridays with one week advance notice. Fall applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis beginning September 11, 2017.