Update on the Meritas Family of Schools

We have news to share about our network. Six of 10 Meritas schools have joined global education organization Nord Anglia Education, a leading premium schools organization. These school are The Village School, North Broward Preparatory School, Windermere Preparatory School, Instituto San Roberto, Collège du Léman and Léman International School. A seventh school, Léman Manhattan Preparatory School, will become an affiliate of Nord Anglia Education. Nord Anglia Education's commitment to the highest quality education tightly aligns with the Meritas approach to personalized global learning.

The three remaining schools, Lake Mary Preparatory School, Henderson International School and Rancho Solano Preparatory School, will continue to be a part of Meritas, supported by the same leadership and financial backing of Sterling Partners. We remain committed to the strategic vision and success of each of these schools.

While this transition takes shape, our students’ education and wellbeing remain our top priority at every school. Students’ day-to-day experience will stay the same, and tuition and curriculum for the 2015-2016 school year will not change, nor will any of the great programs our network has come to know and love. All schools can participate in the Meritas Games, the Meritas Academic Olympiad and our other global programs.

You can find more information about Nord Anglia Education on its website and in its introductory video.

Additional information can be found in the FAQs below.

Q.   What’s happening between Meritas and Nord Anglia Education?

A.    Six of 10 Meritas schools, including The Village School, North Broward Preparatory School, Windermere Preparatory School, Instituto San Roberto, Collège du Léman and Léman International School, have joined Nord Anglia Education. Léman Manhattan will join Nord Anglia Education as an affiliate school.

Lake Mary Preparatory School, Henderson International School and Rancho Solano Preparatory School will remain Meritas schools and will continue to be supported by the leadership and financial backing of Sterling Partners, the same financial partner that has backed Meritas for the past 10 years.

Q.   What does this mean for the remaining Meritas schools?

A.    Lake Mary Preparatory School, Henderson International School and Rancho Solano Preparatory School will stay under the Meritas umbrella and continue to be supported by the leadership and financial backing of Sterling Partners, the company that has backed Meritas for the past 10 years. These schools will receive the same dedication to school growth, teacher development, globalism and personalized learning as ever.

 

Q.   What does it mean for Léman Manhattan be an affiliate school?

A.    As an affiliate school, Léman Manhattan will continue to be led by the same trusted leadership and talented faculty and staff that have helped make our school the premier international institution it is today, now with the added benefit of expanded global resources brought by Nord Anglia Education.

Q.   Can you share more information about Nord Anglia Education?

A.   Nord Anglia Education is the world’s leading premium schools organization. With the addition of the Meritas schools, the family of 41 international schools are located in 15 countries and educate over 32,000 students from pre-school through to the end of secondary education. They are committed to providing students with the highest quality learning enhanced through unique global experiences. For more information, check out their website at www.nordangliaeducation.com. 

Q.  Why has this happened?  

A.   Nord Anglia Education's commitment to the highest quality education and outstanding opportunities for students tightly aligns with the Meritas approach to personalized global learning and this move brings together some of the best educators and administrators in the world. It will mean more opportunity for faculty, staff and students.

There’s also huge interest in global and international education right now because of how it prepares young people for college and the business and cultural challenges of the modern world. This partnership is a testament to Nord Anglia Education’s and Meritas’ approach to PK-12 education, delivering personalized global learning experiences and improving the positive outcomes for students. It will also help further the schools’ strategic plan.

Q.   Why didn’t Nord Anglia Education acquire all of the Meritas schools?

A.    Meritas is committed to helping each of its schools along their strategic path. Nord Anglia Education has a specific strategic plan in place and adopted the schools that align with their approach. Meritas and Sterling Partners remain committed to the schools it continues to own, executing upon their strategic plans. 

Q.   What does this mean for students?

A.   At Meritas schools, students’ day-to-day experience will stay the same, as we will continue to offer global experiences and personalized learning to students. As ever, our students’ education remains our top priority.

At the schools that will join Nord Anglia Education, students’ day-to-day academic experiences will also remain the same – tuition, curriculum and programs will not change in the 2015-2016 school year. However, students will have access to expanded resources and opportunities as part of Nord Anglia Education.

Q.   What will happen to programs like the Meritas Games, the Oxford Seminar and Fine Arts/Music Events?

A.   All Meritas programs and activities will continue as planned next year and you should encourage your students to sign up and participate. For programs occurring this summer, you should begin making arrangement as planned. 

Q.   What will happen to Touchpoints and other Meritas-wide offerings?

A.    All the advantages of our differentiated approach to personalized global learning will remain. Meritas programs such as Touchpoints, Meritas Games, the Meritas Seminar at Oxford and the Meritas Academic Olympiad will be offered as planned for all for all 10 schools.

Q.   How will this impact the curriculum?

A.    At Meritas schools, students’ day-to-day experience will stay the same, and curriculum and other programs will not change in the 2015-2016 school year.

Nord Anglia Education has no plans to change curriculum or existing offerings. Nord Anglia Education views our schools’ American curriculum as an important addition to the organization and it is excited to expand its curricula offerings to include the American-style approach to education.

Q.   What does this mean for faculty?

A.    Faculty and staff who are employees of the schools joining Nord Anglia Education will become employees of Nord Anglia Education. Both Meritas and Nord Anglia Education are committed to the professional development of its teachers through online platforms and courses that enable them to enhance their knowledge and expertise.

Regardless of the transition, the top priority remains the same: to provide the best academic experience and educational environment for our students.

Q.   Will tuition change at any of the schools?

A.    There will be no changes in tuition for the 2015-2016 academic year.

Q.   Will schools’ names change?

A.    It is expected that the schools joining Nord Anglia Education will keep their local names, but would become members of the Nord Anglia Education family of schools.

Léman Manhattan will continue as Léman Manhattan Preparatory School, but with the added reference as “an Affiliate School of Nord Anglia Education,” upon completion of this transition.

Q.   What does this mean for planned expansions?  

A.    Meritas will continue to execute on Rancho Solano’s, Henderson’s and Lake Mary’s strategic plans and invest accordingly. The schools will be resourced appropriately to continue their transformation.          

Nord Anglia Education has traditionally collaborated with its schools to develop premium and contemporary campuses, through expansion, refurbishment and new builds. Projects currently under construction will continue as planned, and Nord Anglia Education intends to work closely with the schools to review and deliver other ongoing projects, building upon progress to date.

Q.   Will Rancho Solano, Henderson and Lake Mary close?

A.    We will not close Rancho Solano, Henderson or Lake Mary. The need for quality PK-12 education in those areas has only grown, and Meritas schools will continue to be supported by the leadership and financial backing of Sterling Partners, as before.

Q.   What other changes should we expect?

A.    There are no other immediate changes.

Q.   Where can I get more information/who do I contact with questions?

A.    For more information please contact Mark Polisky

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