How do Meridian students learn?

Meridian's unique mission and values demands a unique curriculum that's based in student engagement. Educators frequently note that adolescents are most engaged in extra-curricular activities such as athletics, theater, Model UN, debate, and visual arts. In its seven-year academic program, Meridian deliberately incorporates the attributes of these activities and more. Explore how Meridian students learn below!

with variety
Diversity at Meridian is not only about how our students and families reflect a diversity of backgrounds, but also about our curriculum and pedagogical styles. Some days students might receive a lecture, other days their up and moving about and the teacher is out of the room. Students read contemporary novels and study current events alongside reading classical texts. We recognize that diversity in all its forms, creates a stronger community.
with an emphasis on communication
Students practice speaking and writing persuasively, creatively, and technically in each subject.
with guided collaboration
Students learn to work together to establish and maintain respect for each other and to care for their school. Collaborative leadership within and between the students and faculty establishes trust and assures creative and successful outcomes.
With Integrity
With Compassion
with a city for a classroom
Students regularly interact with the broader community and take advantage of our urban location. We work with research librarians at the Copley Library, ecologists at the Arnold Arboretum, and curators at the Museum of Fine Arts. The entire city and more is just a subway ride away.
with regular supportive feedback
Small classes and no grades means students learn that growth is an ongoing process. Working closely with their teachers and their peers, students embrace reflection and revision as the path to thoughtful and effective work.
with enough time to dive in
Students work in-depth on a few tasks for an extended time, refining their skills and knowledge as they go. Practicing this type of learning prepares students to do complex, dynamic, college-level work in JRPS and beyond.
with an interdisciplinary lens
Good learning is about making connections. In classes that bridge literature and history or mathematics and science, students make broader and more sophisticated connections, and they can better see the relationships between the events and ideas that they study. Creative projects also push students to work in new mediums, including art, music, video, podcasts, architecture, 3D printing, infographics, woodworking, graphic design, and more.
with multi-age classrooms
Our classes mix older and younger students, and because of this, students regularly practice leadership and listening skills. Division 1 is grades 6 & 7, Division 2 is grade 8, Division 3 is grades 9 & 10, and Division 4 is grades 11 & 12. Spanish classes are sectioned by skill level and can include students from many grades. Electives, extracurricular activities, Community Groups, and Committees are all multi-age experiences. Students are grouped by single grades during Grade Meetings, when they explore topics developmentally-relevant to a specific age group.
Authenticity
Students undertake meaningful work that is immediately relevant to their world. Classes draw on current events, and projects are publicly displayed three times a year to an audience of peers, parents, teachers, and other community members. This audience cares about the work that students do and provides meaningful feedback, questions, and encouragement.
With Joy
With Generosity