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Merit School of Stafford

664 Garrisonville
Stafford, VA 22554

(540) 659-5290


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Teacher-Led

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

All of our teachers are certified and possess years of experience. Due to our small class sizes teachers are able to work individually or in small groups with children. The Merit School offers a loving and structured environment, where children flourish.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

The mission of The Merit School is to provide our students with successful learning opportunities. These opportunities are designed to meet the individual needs of our students as we prepare them to be responsible citizens and valued memebers of our community. To acheive this we:
*Include our families and the community in the educational process.
*Provide a challenging and individual curricula that encourages our students' creativity and love of learning.
*Promote character building and problem solving skills
*Foster our students' feelings of self-esteem and self-worth.
*Establish a safe and supportive learning environment which accepts and respects diversity.

A Typical Day

9:00-9:05 Transtition
9:05-9:25 Circle Time
9:25-9:35 Story Time
9:35-10:30 Centers and Art
10:30-10:35 Clean up
10:35-10:50 Circle Time 2 and Storytime
10:50-11:00 Bathroom Time & Quiet Reading
11:00-11:30 Lunch Time
11:30-11:35 End of Day
11:35-12:10 Outside Time

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

We offer weekly emails to parents from teachers as well as the main office. Parents are welcomed to call or visit the Merit School at anytime. Monthly newsletters, progress reports and report cards are other forms of communication.

The children have formed bonds with residents at Greenfield Nursing Home through weekly visits. We also sponsor many different service project through out the year. These include the Ronald McDonald House of Richmond, SPCA of Fredericksburg, and many more.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Fundraise
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation

Handling Separation: From the Director

Children are greeted each morning by the staff.