Merritt Academy has been wonderful, we've had our daughter at Merritt since preschool and she is now enrolled in kindergarten. She was given a head start in preschool because of the advanced curriculum and learning environment. As of her first 6 weeks in kindergarten, she was writing sentences and explaining to us what the solar system was and how organs in the human body work. By 3 months in, she had read 100 books on her own at home. This school offers hands-on learning for all students and field trips to the world-famous Smithsonian museums. Merritt offers character building and teaches students how to be good citizens. Merritt offers many extra curricular activities/clubs including STEAM, computer/gaming lab, art club, cheerleading, sports such as karate and tennis as well as character club. The elementary school also puts on dances and pep rally for the children as well as provides the "Tiger Store" wher students bring $1-$3.00 and are able to make purchases on their own learning how to budget and purchase things for themselves, family and friends. Merritt invites all families for festivals, and family-fun events throughout the year. The classrooms are equipped with smart boards to help teach students about technology but are also taught basic fundamental skills such as cursive writing (as they get older). Students are taught multiple languages and are given the opportunity to sign up for extra lessons (for more advanced learning). Tuition includes breakfast and lunch, which provides very healthy and delicious meals that our very picky daughter loves.The cost definitely hits the piggy bank compared to public school and we weight our decision to send our daughter here regularly, but between the teachers, the administration, the staff, the school's commitment to character and what our daughter comes home saying every day, our answer is a resounding "yes" and we know in our hearts that it's absolutely worth it. We just can't say enough good things about this school, our experience and the education our daughter is receiving. We'd recommend Merritt to anyone.