The progress that Meridian students make in their learning is assessed in a number of ways. In addition to short-term methods, such as observations in class, homework, essays, oral presentations, tests, creative writing, works of art, individual conferences, and problem sets, students produce larger works that convey the depth, breadth, and complexity of their studies. Students create portfolios of their work in each course that demonstrate their readiness to move on to the next division and to new challenges. They also share their long-term projects with the public through exhibitions. Some exhibitions are online, such as a collection of primary source history research reports that American Historiography students write. Photographic essays, created by our Media and Journalism students, are displayed at a local art gallery each year. Most projects are shared at an exhibition evening in which work from a variety of classes and divisions is shared. Parents, friends, interested educators, prospective families, and many other friends of Meridian come to learn from our students and give feedback on their efforts. Knowing that their work has meaning and will be valued by others, students strive to do their very best. Appreciating that the work that they are doing will help them answer their own questions or help accomplish a task that they have identified makes students want to do well and make for memorable learning.

Some sample exhibited works include:

  • Engineering students build a robotic miniature golf course.
  • Humanities students write a Greek-style play and direct and act in each other's productions.
  • Students do primary source research into an American history topic that is not in standard texts and write a supplement to the text which they share online (the Missing Pages project).
  • Biology students design and carry out an original microbiology experiment.
  • Spanish students write and film a skit in Spanish.