Educational Philosophy

Meridian School was founded in 1989 as an independent, liberal arts school.  Now, 22 years later, the school continues in the tradition of the liberal arts, classical education with a vision of personalized learning and global perspective.  Meridian School is dedicated to providing students with a learning environment that is engaging, relevant, flexible, challenging, and significant in promoting globally responsible, productive citizens.  A liberal arts education, rich in best practices, technology, methodology and measurement, focused on developing the multiple intelligences of its students, is the foundation for the curricular framework.  The Meridian Curriculum uses the National Common Core Standards as scaffolding from which teachers extend and enrich core subjects, concepts, and learning experiences to deepen student understanding and higher level thinking skills.

  • All students are capable of learning and are equipped with innate talents and multiple intelligences (mathematical, artistic, musical, linguistic, interpersonal, kinesthetic, intrapersonal, and naturalist). Recognizing, training, and enhancing these talents empower students to achieve their highest potential in core academic subjects and beyond.
  • There are essential elements that contribute to the education of a child: namely, attitude and ability of the student; support of home and community; and a nurturing, yet challenging educational environment.
  • A school should nurture a climate in which the worth of each individual is continually affirmed, and in which students can have meaningful experiences in a stimulating environment where they feel safe, inspired, challenged, and creative.
  • An educational program must be comprehensive, develop critical thinking skills, foster curiosity and a balanced intellectual appetite, encourage practices for a healthy body and mind, and teach how to cope with a changing and global society.  As part of that comprehensive program, special efforts must be made to ensure that students demonstrate competencies in the critical areas of listening, speaking, reading, writing, mathematical foundations, and computational thinking.  Students should also have an understanding and appreciation for the impact that arts, science, and technology have on each person’s life and the world.
  • The instructional programs and teaching strategies should be flexible in order to provide for individual exploration and self-expression, be validated by research, and stay abreast of an ever-changing society.  We champion the efforts and expertise of our professional staff as they strive to promote excellence.

A proper education should prepare students to be contributing citizens in our world community in which individuals are constantly engaged in collaboration, problem-solving, and experiential learning.  Educated and prepared students demonstrate a commitment to being positive, involved global citizens who recognize their responsibilities, as well as their opportunities, as a part of the broader community.