Merit Academy is partnered with Thrive Therapy.

 

Thrive Therapy provides pediatric Applied Behavior Analysis Therapy Programs, Speech-Language Therapy, and Occupational Therapy.

 

We would like to welcome your family to Thrive Therapy, where combined therapies will help your child grow. Whether your child is receiving one or all of our pediatric therapies, rest assured that your child will be in the best hands with qualified therapists and technicians that have years of experience. Our therapist are committed to collaborating and working together to help your child Thrive.

 

Come visit us

www.ThriveTherapyTx.com 

Call us at: 214-736-8376

At Merit Academy our curriculum is multi-disciplinary and individualized for each student. It fosters the academic, social and emotional growth of students from Kindergarten through 12th grade. Merit Academy follows Texas State mandated curriculum, TEKS (Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills) based on each students grade level functioning, not age equivalency, and incorporates the following:

 

                • Individual Education Plans

                • Individual Behavioral Plans

                • Character Trait Training

                • Social Skills Training

                • Impulse control

                • Organizational skills

                • How to become a valid and contributing member of the team

                • Multi-sensory teaching

                • Math

                • Reading/Language Arts

                • Science

                • Social Studies

                • Physical Education

                • Fine Arts

                • Music

                • Drama       

                • Middle/High School Courses & Electives     

                • Field trips that supplement curriculum and to teach functional life skills

 

 

Individual assessments are administered annually to set program goals via VB MAPP, ABLLS-R, AFLS, or the Woodcock-Johnson III.


MERIT ACADEMY DOES NOT ADMINISTER STATE STANDARDIZED TESTING.

Teaching methods and classroom management accommodate each student's individual learning modality.

Merit Academy is a unique therapeutic and academic environment.  There are no grade levels. Instead, there are homerooms with multiple ages. Each assigned homeroom classroom is based on each child's social, emotional, behavioral, and developmental level. Academics are designed and taught to where the child is functioning for each academia, as opposed to their age equivalency. We have student who are functioning academically above grade level, some below, and many with splintered skills across each academic subject. We will identify where the deficits are through assessments and design an individualized curriculum to meet the deficits, challenge them, and insure the most progress.  

 

Each Homeroom Classroom has a mascot name that also aligns with our school mascot, the Merit Mustang (ie: Pintos, Palominos, Clydesdales, and Mustangs). Our students are a lot like the classroom horse mascots we have...curious, rambunctious, beautiful, fascinating, and intelligent. They observe, explore, and investigate, depending where they are in their stages of development. Some classrooms are no more than a 5:1 student/teacher ratio, and others are no more than a 10:1 student/teacher ratio. A child who is struggling socially, emotionally, and behaviorally would be assigned to the 5:1 homeroom until they are better prepared for a 10:1 student/teacher ratio. Pairing multiple ages together also provides peer models for some students and an opportunity to be a helper or leader to others.

 

The classrooms are colorful and uplifting, but not a distracting. No florescent lighting is used in the classrooms to accommodate sensory needs. Lamps line the perimeter of the classroom to provide adequate lighting and a calming environment. Light classical music is played often to provide a relaxed learning environment, but also to encourage appreciation for the music and the positive effects it has in a learning environment.

 

All classrooms have individual desks available for independent work, but most learning takes place on rug in a group or at a table in a group. Students learn quickly from daily repetition and practice on how to function in a group-learning environment.

 

The classrooms are decorative and resemble a room in a home as opposed to a classroom.  The intent behind this is to make students feel comfortable in a familiar environment that they also take responsibility for keeping clean, organized, and inviting for visitors. All students have chores at the end of the day to practice such skills.

 

A student’s homeroom is where they start and end their day with verbal behavior groups. However, they transition every 45 minutes to an hour for academics. Each child goes to a group that is being taught at their individual  functioning level, not their age equivalency. They do this for all core academics (ie: Reading, Language Arts, Math, etc.).  Ratios do go up when some groups combine for lunch, recess,  OT or PE.

 

EXTRACURRICULAR

 

Preschool-1st Grade:
Reading/Language Arts
Handwriting
Math
Science
Social Studies
Music/Art
PE or OT

 

2nd Grade:
Reading/Language Arts
Handwriting
Math
Science
Social Studies
Music/Art/Drama
PE

 

3rd Grade:
Reading/Language Arts
Handwriting
Math
Science
Social Studies
Character training
Music/Art/Drama
PE

 

4th-5th Grade: 
Reading/Language Arts
Keyboarding
Math
Science
Social Studies
Character Training
Music/Art/Drama
PE/Health

Middle School

 

6th Grade:
Reading/Language Arts
Math
Contemporary World Societies
Integrated Science (Earth/Life/Physical)
PE
Art/Choir/Drama

 

7th Grade:
Reading/Language Arts
Applied Math
Texas History
Integrated Science (Physics/Chemisty/Earth)
PE
Art/Choir/Drama

 

8th Grade:
English/Analytic Writing
Principles of Algebra
US History
Science (Chemisty/Physics/Life)
PE
Life Skills/Life Management

High School

 

9th Grade:
English 1
Algebra 1
Technical Writing
Integrated Physics & Chemistry
World Geography
Health 1
Foundations of Personal Fitness
Art 1/Yearbook 1

 

10th Grade:
English 2
Geometry
Biology
Research & Note Taking Skills
World History
Principles of Health
Outdoor Fitness
Art 2/Yearbook 2

 

11th Grade:
English 3
Mathematic Models & Applications
Environmental Systems
Governemnt
Creative Writing
Aerobic Fitness
Art & Media/Technical Theatre 1
Office Aid

 

12th Grade:
English 4
Literary Genres
Living Math
Food Science
Economics
Communications/Speech
Art History/Music Theory/Technical Theatre 2
Team/Individual Fitness or Weight Training
Work Credit

 

 

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Before Care and After Care are only available to Merit Academy Students on scheduled school days (not early release days or school holidays). School starts at 8:30am and ends at 3:30pm. Students may be dropped off as early as 7:30am and left as late as 6:00pm, with no notice. It is available as needed for emergency circumstances or may be used daily. The rate is a flat fee of $12 for each. (ie: If a child comes at 7:55am and leaves at 3:45pm, that child we will be billed $20 for that day, $12 for Before Care & $12 for Aftercare). There are no exceptions. Any student who enters the building before 8:30am will be billed. Any student that stays later than 3:30pm will be billed. If a child stays later than the scheduled cut off time for After Care (6pm) the student will be billed for $1/minute over the scheduled time. Parent’s are billed the first of every month for the previous month’s hours.

 

*Before/After Care is not a structured learning environment. A teacher will supervise the students, but they may choose to play, use an IPAD, or just help teachers with tasks. Homework or tutoring would be considered structured and billed at a different rate for such a service.

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Respite Services

Merit Academy Staff will provide scheduled “Parent Night Out” events where students may be dropped off for a predetermined duration of time allotted, approximately 3 hours.  Staff will plan for the evening and make it fun with themes.  Siblings may come as well. Parents who already have respite services need not pay as Merit Academy will generate the reports and bill for the session.  If parents do not have respite, the fee is $12/person. That includes siblings.

 

Social Skills Groups

Merit Academy has social skills groups every Tuesday and Thursday, of a scheduled school week from 3:30pm-4:30pm. It is lead by a lead teacher from Merit Academy. Our three part cognitive behavioral curriculum helps students to develop further awareness of their own thinking and social behaviors and learn strategies to help them develop better self-regulation across a range of these behaviors.


Initiating and reciprocating social interactions is modeled and encouraged at each session and paired with a social skills curriculum, Superflex: A Super Hero Social Thinker. Games and activities are built in reinforcements. Students are billed the first week of every month for the previous month. MA students are billed for $15/Session for MA Students. Non MA students are billed for $30/session.

Dance/Yoga Club

Dance/Yoga is offered every Monday that is a scheduled school day and not an early release day. Staff, parents, and cooperative students are invited to come enjoy some relaxing music and movements and/or learn basic dance positions and engage in creative movement dancing for 1 hour, 3:30pm-4:30pm. Yoga mats are provided, dress comfortably and bring water. The cost of this activity is $15/session for MA students. 

Fitness Club

Fitness Club is offered every Wednesday afternoon from 3:30-4:30. Students focus on the importance of an active lifestyle. They engage in team building, strength and conditioning as well as endurance activities. The cost of Fitness Club is $15/session for MA students.

 

Special Olympics

The Carrollton, Farmer’s Branch Special Olympics team, The Cyclones coordinates various sports and competitions in the local area, usually on Saturday mornings or Sunday afternoons. The activities are not at the school. Parents have to transport their child to the practice times and events. MA staff will support the athletes by featuring their sport and accomplishments at school and attending the events.  We hope that all MA students participate. If they do, we may donate the bus for events as well. The cost for this activity is usually low and covers the cost of athletic equipment and uniforms.

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