Mission and Vision

The Vision began in 2007 when parents seeking alternatives to the traditional offerings found in public and private schools decided to apply for a state charter to create a school that would educate students for the future and create lifelong learners.
 
An inquiry based curriculum and curriculum framework was selected after much research as the outstanding educational foundation with the shared vision of the lifelong learner. Meridian is currently an authorized school for the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP), Middle Years Programme (MYP), and Diploma Programme. Our Mission Statement (below) is directly tied to our belief in the International Baccalaureate Learner Profile.
 
In August of 2011, Meridian School opened with 680 students in grades K-8. 
Meridian now serves grades K-12 with approximately 1600 students.

Mission Statement

Meridian School will provide an invigorating educational environment that develops responsible citizens who can artfully navigate our complex world and enjoy a good life with others. Each student will engage in diverse investigations, disciplined inquiry, and integrated service learning to cultivate intercultural awareness, creativity and mental acuity.
 
IB Learner Profile
 
The IB learner profile is the IB mission statement translated into a set of learning outcomes for the 21st century.
The learner profile provides a long-term vision of education. It is a set of ideals that can inspire, motivate and focus the work of schools and teachers, uniting them in a common purpose.
 
The learner profile describes a list of attributes that promote academic rigor and the establishing of a personal value system leading to international-mindedness.
 
The programme encourages students to become:
 

Inquirers

We nurture our curiosity, developing skills for inquiry and research.  We know how to learn independently and with others.  We learn with enthusiasm and sustain our love of learning throughout life.

Knowledgeable

We develop and use conceptual understanding, exploring knowledge across a range of disciplines.  We engage with issues and ideas that have local and global significance.

Thinkers

We use critical and creative thinking skills to analyze and take responsible action on complex problems.  We exercise initiative in making reasoned, ethical decisions.

Communicators

We express ourselves confidently and creatively in more than one language and in many ways.  We collaborate effectively, listening carefully to the perspectives of other individuals and groups.

Principled

We act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness and justice, and with respect for the dignity and rights of people everywhere.  We take responsibility for our actions and their consequences.

Open-Minded

We critically appreciate our own cultures and personal histories, as well as the values and traditions of others.  We seek and evaluate a range of points of view, and we are willing to grow from the experience.

Caring

We show empathy, compassion and respect.  We have a commitment to service and we act to make a positive difference in the lives of others and in the world around us.

Risk-takers

We approach uncertainty with forethought and determination; we work independently and cooperatively to explore new ideas and innovative strategies.  We are resourceful and resilient in the face of challenges and change.

Balanced

We understand the importance of balancing different aspects of our lives – intellectual, physical, and emotional – to achieve well-being for ourselves and others.  We recognize our interdependence with other people and with the world in which we live.

Reflective

We thoughtfully consider the world and our own ideas and experience.  We work to understand our strengths and weaknesses in order to support our learning and personal development.