Merryhill School — a private school in South Davis serving students in pre-kindergarten through sixth grade — will be closing this summer.
Parents received a letter late last week from Nobel Learning Communities, the Pennsylvania-based company that operates the Merryhill Schools (which are spread over several states), informing them that the Davis elementary campus would close after already-scheduled summer school programs conclude in July.
“The decision to close the school on Lillard Drive in Davis was made due to low enrollments and the lease on the building coming to an end,” said Kathleen Shaffer of the Maryland-based public relations firm MGH, speaking on behalf of Nobel Learning Communities.
“There is a Merryhill preschool in Davis located on La Vida Way which will remain open. We also have 10 preschools and three Merryhill Elementary locations in the Sacramento area that could be options for Davis families,” Shaffer added.
Merryhill parent Michelle Yetman, president of the Parent Teacher Organization, expressed sadness at the news. Yetman, an associate professor of management at UC Davis, has had a child at the school for two years.
“The principal, Claudette Landry, is excellent. She’s done a fantastic job implementing character-building programs that are layered on top of an academically rigorous curriculum,” Yetman said.
Like a number of Merryhill parents, Yetman said she was initially attracted to the school “because Merryhill offered a full-day kindergarten program, and there really aren’t a lot of other options in Davis. But once I got there, I fell in love with the school.
“I hadn’t been planning on sending my child to a private school — the Davis schools are good. But the teachers at Merryhill were amazing, and the principal provided really fantastsic leadership. It’s a unique, special community, not just a school.”
Yetman said that earlier this week, 138 Merryhill parents signed a letter to Nobel Learning Communities, urging the company to reconsider and keep the South Davis Merryhill campus open.
Davis is home to several other private elementary schools, including St. James School, the Davis Waldorf School, Grace Valley Christian Academy and Peregrine School.
— Reach Jeff Hudson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 530-747-8055.