About AM K-8 Center

About Ada Merritt K-8 Center..…it’s focus, direction and future legacy.

With original 1920’s lovely Mediterranean architecture together with modern renovations and as the region’s first “commuter” school, Ada Merritt K-8 Center was reopened to students from Miami-Dade, Broward and Monroe counties in 2003.   It’s unique programs and high academic standards, Ada Merritt is building a legacy as rich and promising as Miami itself.

The Ada Merritt K-8 Center curriculum design was created to expand multilingual education and increase opportunities for students to become bilingual and biliterate.  The instructional program includes the highly rated Dual Language Program and the International Baccalaureate Primary Years and Middle School Years Programs.  In addition, students pursuing English/Spanish or English/Portuguese proficiency will have the opportunity to enter  either the Spanish section of the International Studies (IS) Program or the Portuguese section of the International Studies (IE) – (1st through 5th grades).

About the Dual Language Program:

Designated as a Bilingual School Organization (BISO), Ada Merritt offers students an opportunity to pursue a dual language education in English/Portuguese or English/Spanish.  This successful program is based on the philosophy of the transfer of skills from one language to another.  Every students spends sixty percent of their day in English language instruction and forty percent of their day in the other language of instruction.

About the International Baccalaureate Primary Years and Middle School Years Programs:

The Primary Years Program (PYP) and Middle School Years Program (MYP) is a comprehensive approach to teaching and learning that focuses on the development of the whole child.  With an international focus, it addresses the academic, social, physical, emotional and cultural needs of students.

A distinctive feature of the IB Program is the six transdisciplinary themes:

  • Who we are
  • Where we are in place and time
  • How we express ourselves
  • How the world works
  • How we organize ourselves
  • Sharing the planet

Some elements of the program include a student profile, specific attitudes, a concept driven curriculum and the understanding that socially responsible actions are an integral part of the learning process.  Guided by a series of questions, students and teacher develop units for exploration and study creating a dynamic and energizing learning environment.  It combines the best research and practicies from a range of national systems with a wealth of knowledge and experience from international schools around the world.

The curriculum framework incorporates concepts, skills, attitudes, actions and knowledge.


PYP MYP Attitudes and Profiles

The International Baccalaureate Organization Primary Years Programme places the focus of schools on student learning, where it should be.  The following learner profiles are central to the PYP/MYP framework.  With the learner profiles, Ada Merritt K-8 Center strives toward developing international students and learners.

Students are:

PYP-MYP Student Profile

Inquirers Their natural curiosity has been nurtured.  They are acquired the skills necessary to conduct purposeful, constructive research.  They actively enjoy learning and this love of learning will be sustained throughout their lives.
Critical Thinkers They exercise initiative in applying thinking skills critically and creatively to make sound decisions and to solve complex problems.
Communicators They receive and express ideas and information confidently in more than one language, including the language of mathematical symbols.
Risk-takers They approach unfamiliar situations without anxiety and have the confidence and independence of spirit to explore new roles, ideas, and strategies.  They are courageous and articulate in defending those things in which they believe.
Knowledgeable They have spent time in our schools exploring themes which have global relevance and importance.  In doing so, they have acquired a critical mass of significant knowledge.
Principled They have a sound grasp of moral reasoning.  They have integrity, honesty, and a sense of fairness and justice.
Caring They show sensitivity towards the needs and feelings of others.  They have a sense of personal commitment to action and service.
Open-minded They respect the views, values, and traditions of other individuals and cultures and are accustomed to seeking and considering a range of points of view.
Well-balanced They understand the importance of physical and mental balance and personal well-being.
Reflective They give thoughtful consideration to their own learning and analyze their personal strengths and weaknesses in a constructive manner.

The International Baccalaureate Organization Primary Years and Middle School Years Programs also focuses on the development of positive attitudes toward people, towards the environment, and towards learning.  Ada Merritt K-8 Center teachers address these attitudes in the written curriculum and design activities and assessments that promote these positive attitudes.

We want students to develop:


Appreciation appreciating the wonder and beauty of the world and its people
Commitment being committed to their learning, preserving and showing self-discipline and responsibility
Confidence feeling confident in their ability as learners, having the courage to take risks, applying what they have learned and making appropriate decisions and choices
Cooperation cooperating, collaborating, and leading or following as the situation demands
Creativity being creative and imaginative in their thinking and in their approach to problems and dilemmas
Curiosity being curious about the nature of learning and of the world, its people and cultures
Empathy imaginatively projecting themselves into another’s situation, in order to understand his/her thoughts, reasoning and emotions
Enthusiasm enjoying learning
Independence thinking and acting independently, making their own judgments based on reasoned principles and being able to defend their judgments
Integrity having integrity and a firm sense of fairness and honesty
Respect respecting themselves, others and the world around them
Tolerance feeling sensitivity toward differences and diversity in the world and being responsive to the needs of others