The Meyer School


Private School
999 Leland Drive Lafayette, CA 94549

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  • Meher Elementary school

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    We are considering for K-5.  Would love to hear the good, bad and ugly about the school. How responsive is the administration to parent concerns? How attentive are they to kids who are below grade level? Do you feel like you are missing out on anything?  How is the parent community?  How was the transition to middle school?

    We are currently at a public school where there is a lot of videos, worksheets.  Would love to find a school where there is more one-on-one attention.  Thank you for sharing your thoughts.  

    RE: Meher Elementary school ()

    I have mixed feelings on the Meher School based on our experience with my son who started in K. Many of the children who went there also attended preschool so we felt like an outsider to start since we didn't attend preschool there. In addition we also didn't live in the area much like many of the families who attend so it felt like a commuter school in that respect. If you are both working parents it's wonderful for the schedule and childcare from that respect but you also don't have a sense of community because then you never see anyone. I'm a stay at home mom and was at the school frequently for pick up and drop off and I also felt a transient/lack of community. I also didn't think it helped that my son struggled there. My son has special needs (ADHD/anxiety) - we were forthright with his challenges from the very beginning. Over time the school didn't know how to "handle" him. Everyone on the staff seemed well intentioned but when he was doing impulsive behaviors they came down really hard on him and it was shaming. Many parents are very sensitive at the school and had a hard time understanding that not all kids are wired the same and that we are all learning and it takes some longer than others to emotionally regulate. The administration changed last year with the original principal stepping down after 40 years - I wonder what our experience would have been like with her still at the reigns. The new principals are very nice but they are green and my son's behavior made them anxious and a bit over-reactive. If you have a rule-following child without a lot of special needs - this is your place. If you think your child needs extra support in any way - this may not be your place. Like you, I chose this school because I knew my son didn't fit the regular mold of public school - he still doesn't. Hopefully you can connect with other parents and get more opinions. Sometimes you only learn by trial and error.  Good luck! 

    RE: Meher Elementary school ()

    I have two kids there now for kindergarten. We plan on keeping them there into elementary.  Here are the positives I see about the school:

    It is small. Literally everyone there knows my kids by name. It is incredible. They love it. 

    It is politically liberal. This is not always true in Lafayette, and we are a two-Mom family so we want our kids in a supportive environment. 

    For Lafayette, it is diverse.  I regularly hear other languages being spoken by parents and kids during drop-off time.  There are also a lot of two-working-parent households, which is also not the norm in Lafayette. 

    It is loving. My kids are showered with love, based in a deeper spiritual understanding. This is priceless to us. 

    They have extensive childcare. There is beforecare from 7am onwards, and aftercare until 6:30. With the exception of 2-3 weeks a year, anytime the school is not in session there is childcare offered. My kids were there for spring break week this year and came home every day dirty from head to toe and utterly joyous. 

    The drawbacks about the school that we have seen so far:

    It is small. If your child doesn’t find friends in their class, there’s not another class to move to. 

    They do not push reading skills. This is actually not a drawback for me, but I know it is for some people. They take more of a European approach to letting kids learn to read. This may mean your child reads later than other kids they know at other schools. It could also be an issue if you decide to transfer them out after K. 

    I hope that helps. Good luck with your decision. 

    RE: Meher Elementary school ()

    We've had some Meher friends and graduates who go on to Middle School at The Saklan School in Moraga (PK-8).  They seemed to be well rounded and have had a great experience.  Saklan is worth also checking out too as there is a lot of one-on-one attention with incredible academics and project based learning with a strong social-emotional focus and an exceptional music and performing arts program. A wonderful community of teachers and families from all over east bay. Our three kids have thrived there. Feel free to msg me!

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If you are open to a private school, you might consider the Meher Schools. We love it there. One of the reasons we chose it initially is that their beforecare starts at 7, and their aftercare goes until 6:30. Our kids love it there, and I always feel like I am dropping my kids off to their second family. Everyone knows them by name. Great for families with two working parents. I have not heard good things about aftercare experiences from other Lafayette families, but maybe someone else here can chime in with experience. 

Archived Q&A and Reviews

Feb 2010

I have seen a few positive recommendations for White Pony preschool but not for The Meher School, the elementary connected to the preschool. I would love to hear about your experience with Meher? Thank you. anon

Our daughter went to both White Pony and Meher School, having graduated from Meher in 2009. I can't speak highly enough of the Meher experience. The teachers are wonderful and have been there for many years. There is very little turnover there. The teachers have fascinating backgrounds, with teaching at Meher often being a second career. The school has a strong arts focus as well which we liked a lot. The school has a warm and loving atmosphere and really feels like a wonderful community where everyone is welcome. I had been concerned about the transition from Meher to our local public middle school and I am delighted to say that the transition went fantastically well and our daughter is a straight A student in 6th grade and transitioned well socially as well. We were not the only family asking if they would consider going though 8th grade because we loved the school so much. Unfortunately, they can't do that. Sigh...We miss Meher and the community that became like family. I recommend it highly!