Quick Stats (2021-22)

  • Top Ranked VA School
  • Grades: Nursery/Preschool-8
  • Students: 395 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $18,440
  • Average class size: 12 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 28 / rolling

Top Rankings

Merritt Academy ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Virginia for:

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Nursery/Preschool-8
Year Founded

Student Body

Total Students
395 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 29%
Students by Grade
Merritt Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
16 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size
12 students

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
Jan. 28 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
Rate shown is for kindergarten. Elementary to middle school tuition ranges from $18,790 to $18,920 and include daily lunch. Early childhood rates vary by age group from $1,815 to $2,027 monthly, including snacks and lunch.
Admissions Director
Ari Autor


Total Sports Offered
1 sport


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
16 extracurriculars
Club or Organization:
Arabic Club, Character Club, Cooking Club, French Club, National Elementary Honor Society, National Junior Honor Society, Spanish Club

Arts and Music Programs:
Art Classes, Dance Classes, Piano Lessons

Recreational Athletic Programs:
basketball, Cheer, martial arts, Soccer, Tennis Lessons, Yoga

School Notes

  • Prospective families are encouraged to request a personal tour or attend an admissions event such as Discovery Days in early November or Open Campus morning at the end of January.  Full admissions application, $75 fee, teacher recommendation, student record request, and academic accessment should be complete prior to the end of January for priority consideration as well as for financial aid and the YES scholarship program. Admission fee is reduced for YES applicants. The on campus student academic assessments should be scheduled through the Admissions office as part of the application process.  Applications received after the end of January will be considered on a rolling basis as space permits. For classes at capacity, applicants will be added to our waiting list.   

School Reviews

Our 2-year-old daughter has attended Merritt Academy since she was 6 months old, and we would not dream of sending her anywhere else. Our experience has been magical. Merritt is not only her school; it is her second home. We truly feel that her teachers love and care for her as if she were their own child. Looking back on the past two years, we realize that we as parents have learned as much from our daughter's teachers as she has. With their wisdom and patience, they helped and continue to help us through all the transitions of babyhood and toddlerhood. The environment at Merritt is as enriching as it is loving. Even for babies and toddlers, teachers treat the experience like school - in the best sense of the word, with endless activities and experiences that are fun, creative, engaging and educational. Every day when we take our daughter to Merritt, we know that she is in a place where she will be cultivated and loved. On a practical note, the hours and holiday/inclement weather closures at Merritt are better than any day care or school we have heard of. Merritt prides itself on serving working families, and it does. We have a somewhat unusual weekday schedule, and Merritt has consistently accommodated us so that we can maximize time with our daughter. We send her to Merritt first and foremost for the loving and enriching environment, but the practical aspects have also helped us more than we can say.
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Quick Stats (2021-22)

  • Top Ranked VA School
  • Grades: Nursery/Preschool-8
  • Students: 395 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $18,440
  • Average class size: 12 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 28 / rolling

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