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.


  • After school Programs Completed

    Afterschool programs are completed for the school year. All students will be dismissed at regular dismissal time. 

    If your child is on the Pep Squad, Basketball or Soccer team, contact your team coach for schedule information. 

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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

  • Science Performance State Exam

    4th grade only

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  • ½ Day - PD for teacher

    11:30 am student dismissal. 

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  • Memorial Day

    School closed.

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  • Board of Trustees Meeting

    Join us for our monthly Board of Trustees Meeting. Refreshments served. 

    Location: STEAM LAB

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  • Science Written State Exam

    4th grade only.

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National Teacher's Appreciation Day 2019

National Teacher Appreciation Day, also known as National Teacher Day, is observed on the Tuesday of the first full week in May.  In 2019, National Teacher Day will take place on May 7th.  This day is part of Teacher Appreciation Week, which is the first full week in May of each year.

Teachers play a critical role in educating and shaping our children: the future leaders of our country.  They are kind, patient, hard-working, dedicated and understanding professionals that mold our children’s lives in a positive direction.  We entrust our children with the teachers, and they affect their lives on a daily basis.


 Political and educational leaders began discussions for a day to honor teachers in 1944.  In 1953, Eleanor Roosevelt persuaded the 81st Congress to proclaim National Teachers’ Day.  Congress declared March 7, 1980, as National Teacher Day. The National Education Association continued to observe Teacher Day on the first Tuesday in March until 1985 when the National PTA established Teacher Appreciation Week as the first full week of May.  The NEA Representative Assembly then voted to make the Tuesday of that week National Teacher Day.



Teacher Appreciation Week in May honors those men and women who have dedicated their lives to educating the masses.

The entire week focuses on those amazing and inspiring people who see the talent and skills in even the meekest of us. Teachers manage to zone in on the one ability that will help us focus and master a topic, or at least get through it.  They turn Greek into…well…Greek! Chemistry is magical and algebra is something you might actually use.  These are the reasons we appreciate our teachers.

How to Observe

It is time to say “Thank You” to the exceptional teachers that you know. Let them know that they are appreciated for all that they do. Use #TeacherAppreciationDay or #NationalTeachersDay to post on social media. Share this graphic:

Sports & Fitness Festival

 Come join us for an afternoon of sports, games, obstacle courses, relay races, fitness classes and a basketball skills challenge

This event is FREE and open to all ages. For more information, please call Gennadiy Zobenko at (718) 393-7370

Sponsored by Council Member Adrienne Adams.

Saturday, May 18, 2019 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Frederick B. Judge Playground

134th Street bet 111th Avenue and Linden Blvd

South Ozone Park, NY 11420


Contact or

(212) 360-1430 for more information regarding accessibility.



Learn to Ride 2019: Queens

 Bring a bike, a child and a helmet for this free fun event! Sow your child aged 5 years or older how to ride a two-wheeler

using the “balance first” method.

Please pre-register at

For more information, please visit or or call 311.

Springfield Park

Saturday, May 4, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

147th Ave, Between Springfield Blvd and 184th St.


Horace Harding Park
Saturday, May 11, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

62 Drive, Between 97 Place and 98 St.


Grover Cleveland Playground

Saturday, May 18, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Stanhope St, Between Fairvier Ave and Grandview Ave.


Arverne Playground

Saturday, May 25, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Arverne Blvd, Between Beach 56 Street and Beach 54 St.


Annadale Playground
Saturday, June 29, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Yellowstone Blvd, Between 64 Rd and 65 Ave.

Juniper Valley Park
Saturday, July 20, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Juniper Blvd, North & 80th St.


Addabbo Playground

Saturday, Aug 24, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

133rd Ave. N. Conduit Ave., Between 80th St and 88th St.

Contact (212) 360-3341 or for more information regarding accessibility.


Spring Thing at Brookville Park

 Join NYC Parks and Council Member Donovan Richards for a Spring Thing celebration at Brookville Park.

Enjoy an afternoon of crafts, games, inflatables, ices, cotton-candy, popcorn, music, and nature education. There will also be an egg hunt and scavenger hunt!

This event is free and open to the public.

Sunday, May 11, 2019 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

 Brookville Park

149th Ave. & South Conduit Ave. Brookville Blvd. bet. 144 Ave. & Caney Rd. Rosedale, N.Y. 11413


For more information visit, call (718) 393-7370 or call 311.

For accessibility information, contact (212)
360-1430 or



Activities that will be offered include:

Zumba Demo Adaptive Fitness Demo

Train Insane Bootcamp Demo

Family Dodgeball Game

Hoola Hoop Competition

Photo Booth w/ Props Event Passport

Arts & Crafts Projects

Prize Raffle & More

Saturday, May 11

11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Field 8 Next to
Al Oerter Recreation Center

131 - 40 Fowler Avenue Flushing, NY 11355

This event is free and open to the public. This event will be indoors in the event of inclement weather.

An NYC Parks Recreation Center membership is required for the adult accompanying the child. For more information, please call (718) 353-7853.

Contact or

(212) 360-1430 for more information regarding accessibility.

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