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Rick Fernandez, Head of School
Welcome from Rick Fernández, Head of School
Meridian is a public, tuition-free charter school funded primarily through state and federal dollars. Open to all students who live within Williamson County in Central Texas, Meridian opened in 2011, the product of several families who banded together to create an education that fosters a love of learning for all students.
Now, almost 1,700 students strong, we are proud to offer a continuum of International Baccalaureate education, from the Primary and the Middle Years Programs, ending with the Diploma Program. 
Meridian School is a community of learners where we all have important expectations and responsibilities. We expect students to accept the role of learner with enthusiasm and curiosity. We expect them to explore learning and to challenge themselves intellectually while the staff encourage them to reach their highest potential. As educators, we accept our responsibility to teach our students, to challenge their intellect and to invite and encourage their curiosity. We are committed to helping students achieve in every possible way. When students, parents and staff work together in an atmosphere of mutual respect and appreciation, we can learn together and accomplish great results.

Following the ten IB learner profile traits, Meridian School learners are knowledgeable, thinkers, inquirers, caring, communicators, risk-takers, principled, reflective, open-minded and balanced. At Meridian, students will receive a quality, well-rounded education, but they should also be prepared to give back to their school, their community and their world.

Our Mission
Meridian School provides an invigorating educational environment that develops responsible citizens who can artfully navigate our complex world and enjoy a good life with others.

Theater's Production of The Lion KingQuick Facts
  • Our primary school includes approximately 865 students with a class size of 22:1 in kindergarten and first grade and 25:1 in grades 2-5.
  • Our secondary school includes approximately 835 students with a general class size of 25:1. 
  • Our Head of School and principals are all experienced administrators with extensive IB program training and credentials.
  • We recognize 44 native languages reported by families.
  • Primary students engage in Specials classes, including Art, Spanish, French, Health and Wellness, Physical Education, Counseling, Media Literacy, Library, and Music.
  • Secondary departments include English, Foreign Language, Humanities, Science, Mathematics, Fine Arts, and Physical Education.
  • Each Wednesday ends in early release, giving teachers weekly professional development and students the opportunity to attend appointments, enjoy extracurricular activities, or study.
  • Our school year begins a bit earlier than most schools, and we enjoy a week-long fall break in October. 
  • Our technology is provided through mobile labs for K-7 with a Bring Your Own Device arrangement for 8-12 students. WiFi is available throughout the campuses.

Students discovering nature in raised garden beds

Balanced Education
At Meridian School, we believe that a healthy diet positively impacts academic achievement. Healthy, scratch-made breakfasts and lunches are made daily by professional Chef Leslie Sterzinger. 
An outdoor classroom, garden beds, chicken coop, outdoor play areas and natural playscapes, and a lush courtyard filled with Central Texas plants encourage students and staff to unwind and recharge outside. Our sustainable practices include a water catchment system that reclaims more than 30,000 gallons of water a year and a robust composting program that keeps 99 pounds of food waste out of landfills every single week.
After School Enrichment programs engage our youngest minds after the school day ends for extended day pick-up until 6 pm for K-5, and 5:45 pm for 6-12. Athletics, theater, art, band and orchestra programs give 7th-12 grade students the opportunity for a well-rounded education.

Title IX and Anti-Discrimination Statement
As required by law under Title IX, Meridian World School does not discriminate on the basis of sex in any education program or activity that we operate in either student admission and employment.
Inquiries about the application of Title IX to Meridian World School maybe referred to: 
Student complaints: Title IX Coordinator Paige Bender (512-660-5230 Ext 212) 
Employee Complaints: Title IX Coordinator Eileen Kuhn (512-660-5230 Ext 128)
And/Or Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, Department of Education.
Our program is designed for all students and does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, color, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ethnicity, religion, disability, academic, athletic, or artistic ability, or the district the child would otherwise attend without regard to disability or handicapping condition, in administration or educational policies, admission and hiring policies and other school administered programs.
As an open enrollment public charter school, there are no admissions requirements and no tuition.