The Thomas County School System offers gifted and high achieving students in grades 5-12 a unique program integrated into our middle and high school campuses. Known as the MERIT program (Maximizing Education to Realize Intellectual Transformation), the purpose of MERIT is to challenge students to achieve their maximum academic potential while providing a supportive learning environment. MERIT offers the most comprehensive and flexible academic options for gifted and accelerated study in our area.
MERIT students receive advanced content and accelerated instruction in academic subjects, including “Honors” and advanced placement classes. The program allows MERIT students to be part of the same exploratory or elective schedule as their peers who are not in the accelerated program as well as continue to participate in all aspects of school life including fine arts, athletics, extracurricular, and social functions.
The vision of the MERIT Program involves a team of passionate teachers who inspire their students daily with stimulating and dynamic learning opportunities that prepare students for extraordinary success throughout their school careers and beyond. MERIT teachers and students enjoy academic work and value the pursuit of excellence, placing a premium on academic preparation. The teachers design fresh learning opportunities to meet the needs of each new class of students. There is a continuously evolving set of new learning opportunities that keep teachers and students fresh and excited.
Appropriate attention is given to state curricular standards to ensure students have the chance to exceed testing expectations without providing a course that excessively drills basic content. MERIT strives to develop a culture where high academic achievement is expected, supported, and celebrated. It fosters a dynamic learning environment that adjusts and grows to meet the needs of its students. Students are held to high degrees of excellence in both their academic objectives learned and their contributions made to the larger community.
TCMS MERIT Program of Study
TCCHS MERIT Program of Study