Meriden, also known as the Silver City, is a Connecticut town of approximately 60,000 residents. Nearly 8,600 students, primarily Latino, attend Meriden Public Schools. Seventy-four percent of students receive free and reduced lunch benefits, and 19 percent receive special education services. Like many former manufacturing cities, the town has undergone many changes. But the one thing that has stayed consistent is the need for a high-quality public education system that gives all students opportunities for a better future.
We’re taking great strides in supporting students across our 12 schools, challenging ourselves to create environments where our students and staff want to be. In our experience, creating those environments starts by embracing student-centered learning practices, ensuring all students have voice and choice as well as access to an equitable education. Meriden Public Schools' Climate Suite of tools offers a valid, reliable, research-based, three-pronged approach to ensuring a positive school climate and promoting meaningful relationships with students. The district-designed online tools include a School Climate Survey, a Getting to Know You Survey, and an MPS Cares self-reporting tool.
In combination, the MPS Climate Suite ensures that every student's voice is heard and that all students succeed. We know that educating the whole child goes beyond a standardized test score.