Merrick's Mission

Our Merrick Academy Mission is to pursue excellence in our all-inclusive learning community of students, educators, parents and community members. We work towards the common purpose of providing an excellent educational experience for all students. Through our high degree of individualized instruction, increased time on task of learning and an innovative academic curriculum, we will ensure that all of our students are college and career ready.
Merrick Academy’s motto “In Pursuit of Excellence” is a constant reminder of the expectations we set for our learning community.


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    Special Education Family Empowerment Conference

    Attend the Annual Special Education Family Empowerment Conference on Saturday, March 23rd from 8:30am-3: 00 pm at the UFT Conference Center, located at 52 Broadway, 19th floor, New York, NY 10004.

    This conference is intended to empower families to take an active role in the IEP process.

    Preregistration is required.

    ***RSVP to this email address:

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    Join Merrick Academy Charter School

    We are currently taking applications for 2019-20, K-5th grade seats. If you are interested in enrolling your child please submit your application before April 1st. 

    Application Deadline: 12 am, April 1, 2019

    To apply for the 2019-20 school year visit:    

    School Lottery Date: Thursday, April 11, 2019 


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    Open House for 2019 Lottery Applicants

    March 27th


    Join us in our final Open House for 2019-20 Admissions.

    If you are interested in applying for our 2019-20 school year please join us for an informational session and campus tour.

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  • Meet Our Executive Director

    Dr. Adrian C. Manuel, Executive Director at Merrick Academy Public Charter School

                  Dr. Adrian Manuel brings over 19 years of leadership experience in urban education. He is known as a turnaround and transformational school leader. Most recently, Adrian led a turnaround effort as a middle school principal in Hempstead, N.Y. During his tenure he helped the school successfully make demonstrable improvement and converted the 1500 student school to a campus of four robust small learning communities.

    Prior to his role at Hempstead, Adrian served as the Head of School/Executive Director at the SEED School of Washington, D.C.; the nation’s first urban public charter boarding school. The SEED School graduates over 90% of students per year and sends over 95% of its graduates to four year colleges. As Head of School, Adrian managed the senior leadership team and led the strategic planning and implementation efforts.

    Prior to SEED, Adrian led two successful turnaround schools in his role as both a middle and high school principal in New York. As a high school principal, he dramatically increased the graduation rate, launched an early college program, and created a campus of small learning communities. During his time as a middle school principal, Adrian’s efforts turned a previously failing school to consistent years of high performance in the New York City school system. His experience as a transformational leader began early in his career when he founded the College Prep Academy, a successful middle school small learning community, during his second year teaching.

    Adrian brings a rich practice-based experience in change management. He is a systems thinker who can design strategies that sustain organizational learning and adaptive capacity. As such, he is also passionate about developing highly impactful teams. Known as an innovative leader, Adrian tends to focus on strategies that can lead to breakthrough transformation.

    Adrian has earned an Ed.D in Educational Leadership and Organizational Management
    from the University of Pennsylvania’s Mid Career Doctoral Program in Education Leadership. He holds a Master of Science in Public Administration from Baruch College, a Master of Arts in Secondary Education from Lehman College and a Bachelor degree in History from New York University. Adrian is also a graduate of the New York City Leadership Academy.

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Upcoming Events

  • PTO Meeting - State Exam Workshop for Parents

    All parents are encouraged to attend our monthly meetings.

    This meeting will include a State Exam Workshop for Parents led by our Principal Ms. Pugh

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  • Board of Trustees Meeting

    The Board of Trustees of Merrick Academy Charter School provides the general public with an opportunity at each Board of Trustees meeting to address the Board regarding issues that they may wish to bring to the Board’s attention during the public comment period

    *Board Meetings are held at in the STEAM Room. Food and refreshments are provided. 

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    Open House for New Applicants

    Open House for the 2019- 2020 School Year.

    School and Lottery Information for Prospective 2019-20 Students.

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  • ½ Day - PD for teachers

    11:30 am dismissal.

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  • ELA Exam Day #1

    Parents please make sure students are well rested and on time for school. 

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Celebrating Women's History Month

Every year March is designated Women’s History Month by Presidential proclamation. The month is set aside to honor women’s contributions in American history.

Did You Know? Women’s History Month started as Women’s History Week

Women’s History Month began as a local celebration in Santa Rosa, California. The Education Task Force of the Sonoma County (California) Commission on the Status of Women planned and executed a “Women’s History Week” celebration in 1978. The organizers selected the week of March 8 to correspond with International Women’s Day. The movement spread across the country as other communities initiated their own Women’s History Week celebrations the following year.

In 1980, a consortium of women’s groups and historians—led by the National Women’s History Project (now the National Women's History Alliance)—successfully lobbied for national recognition. In February 1980, President Jimmy Carter issued the first Presidential Proclamation declaring the Week of March 8th, 1980 as National Women’s History Week.

Subsequent Presidents continued to proclaim a National Women’s History Week in March until 1987 when Congress passed Public Law 100-9, designating March as “Women’s History Month.” Between 1988 and 1994, Congress passed additional resolutions requesting and authorizing the President to proclaim March of each year as Women’s History Month. Since 1995, each president has issued an annual proclamation designating the month of March as “Women’s History Month.

We've highlighted six women (below) that have made groundbreaking contributions in the field of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.

We also highlight our very own GEMS (right) on the path to lead the next generation in STEM.

Happy Women's Month!

Merricks' GEMS

 Girls in Engineering Mathematics and Science


As we celebrate great women in science, Merrick prepares the next generation of girls to lead the way!

         In an effort to increase interest and enthusiasm for the sciences in young women of diverse backgrounds, Merrick Academy launched the G.E.M.S. program last year. We are very proud of our G.E.M.S Club, which won First Place for Research Presentation at the 2018 First Lego League Qualifier. The future scientists designed, built, and programmed their own robot and shared their research findings. Student’s use the 5 E’s when experimenting and investigating: Engage, Explain, Explore, Extend, and Evaluate. The G.E.M.S meet weekly after school.

You don’t have to be in the Club in order to access the coding and engineering activities, though! Ms. Harrison teaches Science and Engineering to all students at Merrick Academy. In Technology, our students code as well with programs like Code Monkey, Codecombat,, and Scratch MIT. In our STEAM Math, students improve their common core math skills through programs like Mobymax, Reflex Math, and Prodigy. With this firm foundation, we are looking forward to hearing great things from our students in the future!

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