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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    Open House for 2019 Lottery Applicants

    February 13th, 6pm-7:30pm 

    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 and Board Meeting Night

    Parent Teacher Organization Meeting

    All parents are encouraged to attend and discuss the latest school life information and upcoming events. Meeting starts at 6 pm. Childcare provided. 

    M.A.C.S Board Meeting

    Monthly board meeting is open to the public. Meeting begins at 7:30 pm. 

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  • Parent Teacher Conference ½ day

    11:30 am dismissal.

    Conference time 1p-6p.

    Please contact your child's teacher for time slots. 

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  • Lunar New Year

    School closed.

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  • Graduation Pictures and Retakes

    Kindergarten and 5th grade students will take graduation pictures. Any student needing retakes will have their pictures redone.Please contact the Family Coordinator, Ms.Miller for more information. 

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  • ½ Day - PD for teachers

    11:30 am dismissal.

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


About Dr. Martin Luther King  Jr. 

 During the less than 13 years of Dr. Martin Luther King ,Jr.’s leadership of the modern American Civil Rights Movement, from December, 1955 until April 4, 1968, African Americans achieved more genuine progress toward racial equality in America than the previous 350 years had produced. Dr. King is widely regarded as America’s pre-eminent advocate of nonviolence and one of the greatest nonviolent leaders in world history.

Drawing inspiration from both his Christian faith and the peaceful teachings of Mahatma Gandhi, Dr. King led a nonviolent movement in the late 1950’s and ‘60s to achieve legal equality for African-Americans in the United States. While others were advocating for freedom by “any means necessary,” including violence, Martin Luther King, Jr. used the power of words and acts of nonviolent resistance, such as protests, grassroots organizing, and civil disobedience to achieve seemingly-impossible goals. He went on to lead similar campaigns against poverty and international conflict, always maintaining fidelity to his principles that men and women everywhere, regardless of color or creed, are equal members of the human family.

Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speechNobel Peace Prize lecture and “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” are among the most revered orations and writings in the English language. His accomplishments are now taught to American children of all races, and his teachings are studied by scholars and students worldwide. He is the only non-president to have a national holiday dedicated in his honor, and is the only non-president memorialized on the Great Mall in the nation’s capitol. He is memorialized in hundreds of statues, parks, streets, squares, churches and other public facilities around the world as a leader whose teachings are increasingly-relevant to the progress of humankind.

 Some of Dr. King’s most important achievements include:
  • In 1955, he was recruited to serve as spokesman for the Montgomery Bus Boycott, which was a campaign by the African-American population of Montgomery, Alabama to force integration of the city’s bus lines. After 381 days of nearly universal participation by citizens of the black community, many of whom had to walk miles to work each day as a result, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that racial segregation in transportation was unconstitutional.
  • In 1957, Dr. King was elected president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), an organization designed to provide new leadership for the now burgeoning civil rights movement. He would serve as head of the SCLC until his assassination in 1968, a period during which he would emerge as the most important social leader of the modern American civil rights movement.
  • In 1963, he led a coalition of numerous civil rights groups in a nonviolent campaign aimed at Birmingham, Alabama, which at the time was described as the “most segregated city in America.” The subsequent brutality of the city’s police, illustrated most vividly by television images of young blacks being assaulted by dogs and water hoses, led to a national outrage resulting in a push for unprecedented civil rights legislation. It was during this campaign that Dr. King drafted the “Letter from a Birmingham Jail,” the manifesto of Dr. King’s philosophy and tactics, which is today required-reading in universities worldwide.
  • Later in 1963, Dr. King was one of the driving forces behind the March for Jobs and Freedom, more commonly known as the “March on Washington,” which drew over a quarter-million people to the national mall. It was at this march that Dr. King delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech, which cemented his status as a social change leader and helped inspire the nation to act on civil rights. Dr. King was later named Time magazine’s “Man of the Year.”
  • In 1964, at 35 years old, Martin Luther King, Jr. became the youngest person to win the Nobel Peace Prize. His acceptance speech in Oslo is thought by many to be among the most powerful remarks ever delivered at the event, climaxing at one point with the oft-quoted phrase “I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right temporarily defeated is stronger than evil triumphant.”
  • Also in 1964, partly due to the March on Washington, Congress passed the landmark Civil Rights Act, essentially eliminating legalized racial segregation in the United States. The legislation made it illegal to discriminate against blacks or other minorities in hiring, public accommodations, education or transportation, areas which at the time were still very segregated in many places.
  • The next year, 1965, Congress went on to pass the Voting Rights Act, which was an equally-important set of laws that eliminated the remaining barriers to voting for African-Americans, who in some locales had been almost completely disenfranchised. This legislation resulted directly from the Selma to Montgomery, AL March for Voting Rights lead by Dr. King.
  • Between 1965 and 1968, Dr. King shifted his focus toward economic justice – which he highlighted by leading several campaigns in Chicago, Illinois – and international peace – which he championed by speaking out strongly against the Vietnam War. His work in these years culminated in the “Poor Peoples Campaign,” which was a broad effort to assemble a multiracial coalition of impoverished Americans who would advocate for economic change.
  • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s less than thirteen years of nonviolent leadership ended abruptly and tragically on April 4th, 1968, when he was assassinated at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. Dr. King’s body was returned to his hometown of Atlanta, Georgia, where his funeral ceremony was attended by high-level leaders of all races and political stripes.

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