MERIT provides classes within the department for middle and high school students in the areas of math, science, history, language arts, and foreign language. Enrollment is limited by space and requires a diagnosis or a teacher recommendation.
All of the work is taught on grade level with academically rigorous curricula aligned with the scope and sequences of ELCA’s traditional classes. These courses are crafted with embedded accommodations designed to ultimately help the student be successful after MERIT.
With a low student to teacher to ratio (10:1), teachers provide focused attention and alternate methods of teaching that are more conducive to non-traditional learners. One successful tenet of MERIT classes is the incorporation of application based projects to connect subject matter to real world experience.