Meridian Academy at a Glance
- Intentionally small, growing to our final enrollment of a little under 100 students
- 16 faculty members
- 81% of teachers have an advanced degree
- 5:1 student-to-faculty ratio
- 35% students of color
- Prior to joining Meridian, 68% of our students attended a public school, 27% attended an independent school, and 5% were homeschooled
- Schools that have sent students to Meridian include:
Academy of the Pacific Rim
The Advent School
Angier School (Newton)
The Atrium School
Baker School (Brookline)
Bates School (Roslindale)
Benjamin Brown School (Somerville)
Bigelow Middle School (Newton)
Boston Arts Academy
Boston Collegiate Charter School
Boston Latin Academy
Boston Latin School
Boston Preparatory Charter School
Boston Renaissance Charter School
Brown Middle School (Newton)
Cambridge Friends School
Colegio Teizcali (Oaxaca, Mexico)
Condon School (South Boston)
Conservatory Lab Charter School
Cummings School (Winthrop)
Day Middle School (Newton)
Dedham Middle School
Devotion School (Brookline)
Dover Middle School
East Somerville Community School
F. D. Roosevelt School (Hyde Park)
Fiske School (Wellesley)
Haley School (Roslindale)
Hennigan School (Jamaica Plain)
Hernandez School (J.P.)
High Rock School (Needham)
Holy Name School
Hurley School (South End)
Jackson School (Allston)
Kennedy Longfellow School (Cambridge)
Lee Elementary School
Lincoln School (Brookline)
Lower Merion High School (PA)
Manning School (J.P.)
Mary E. Curley School (J.P.)
Mason Rice Elementary (Newton)
Mission Hill Pilot School
Murphy School (Boston)
The Neighborhood School (J.P.)
Neighborhood House Charter School
The Newman School
Newton North High School
Orchard Gardens (Roxbury)
Ottoson School (Arlington)
The Park School
Perry School (South Boston)
Pierce School (Brookline)
Pierce School (Milton)
Philbrick School (Roslindale)
The Roxbury Latin School
St. John School
St. Patrick's School (Roxbury)
Sumner School (Roslindale)
Tucker School (Milton)
Underwood School (Newton)
Up Academy of Boston
Voorheesviille Secondary School (N.Y.)
Watertown Middle School
Winship Elementary (Brighton)
Winthrop Middle School
Woodstock Elementary (N.Y.)
Young Achievers Pilot School (J.P.)
- Student hometowns have included Arlington, Boston, Brookline, Cambridge, Canton, Dedham, Milton, Needham, Newton, Randolph, Revere, Somerville, Watertown, Wellesley, Weymouth, and Winthrop.
Tuition and Accessibility
- 2015-2016 Tuition: grades 6-7: $25,300; grades 8-9: $25,800; grades 10-12: $26,300. The cost of texts and similar items are included in tuition.
- Meridian dedicates twice as much of its budget to financial aid as the average independent school (33% versus 16% for AISNE schools).
- All students are able to participate in all academic, extracurricular, and social trips and activities regardless of their ability to pay.
- Average financial aid package: $19,050, which is 73% of tuition. Tuition for families receiving aid ranges from $50 to $18,975.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the origin of the school's name?
The word meridian was chosen because it captured two aspects of schooling that were important to the founding families and teachers. A meridian is a great circle about the globe symbolizing both inclusiveness and the making of connections. Meridian is also defined as a pinnacle of achievement. In the spirit of these definitions, Meridian Academy is a community of learners striving for excellence in their exploration of the world.
What is the school's structure?
Meridian comprises grades 6 through 12 and will ultimately grow to be nearly 100 students. Most classes are organized by divisions consisting of two adjacent grades. Students benefit from this larger and more diverse academic peer group, as they have the opportunity to both lead and look up to their classmates. Students take two core interdisciplinary courses, Humanities and Mathematics, Science and Technology, along with a class in World Languages. Our student-teacher ratio is 5:1.
What are the benefits of a small school?
Meridian is a small school because students need the attention, guidance, and safe environment to practice adult responsibilities and freedoms:
- Students in small classes can do rigorous independent work. They are provided with the individualized support needed to establish goals, weigh complex options, learn from their own mistakes, and move forward thoughtfully.
- Teachers of small classes know their students well. They can gauge when students need more challenge, support, independence, or clarity. They can also provide stronger and more personalized resources than those typically available in larger schools.
- As a small community, we have the flexibility to plan especially exciting and creative activities. Our schedule can be shifted to accomodate longer blocks, trips off campus, guest visits, collaborative teaching, and interdisciplinary learning.
Being small does present challenges as well. As they get older, teenagers often want to be exposed to a larger peer group. Meridian works to build a larger social environment through Community Group projects, Model UN Conferences, and regional competitions.
How are students prepared for college?
Please see our College Preparation page.
How are traditional and progressive goals balanced?
The current national focus on testing ignores the fact that some of the most rigorous and exciting academic efforts cannot be completed in the space of an exam. Our projects require time to create, reflect, and revise. They also require students to master many of the skills that are the focus of standardized tests, but Meridian students learn them in an especially rich and memorable context. For example, a group of students building a set for a play will use ideas from physics and geometry, but they will also grapple with real world complications. These meaningful challenges help them appreciate both the theory and practice of the disciplines.
What are Meridian's academic affiliations?
Meridian is approved by both the Brookline School Committee and the Boston School Committee. Meridian is also a member of the Coalition of Essential Schools. Once the school has reached its full size, we will complete the year-long accreditation process of self-study and outside review with the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.
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