What is a M.E.R.I.T. Scholar?

Experience it all at Paul From Honors and AP courses to field trips, performances, STEM, the Arts and travel abroad – we want our Paul scholars to experience it all! We provide a variety of academic, social, cultural and afterschool-based activities and clubs to ensure a well-rounded, whole-child experience for all learners that begin with cultivating M.E.R.I.T.

The M.E.R.I.T. Scholar Paul is the home of the M.E.R.I.T. Scholars, which stands for Motivated, Educated, Responsible and Independent Thinkers. We have designed a character education program, entitled “The Paul Way,” that provides a framework for model behavior, which is supported by our social emotional learning and restorative justice philosophy. Each month, incentives are offered to encourage our scholars to exhibit positive character traits such as honesty, good citizenship, caring self-discipline, responsibility, fairness, perseverance, courage, and loyalty. Scholars who exhibit these positive traits are publicly recognized in community meetings. Scholars earn additional incentives like scholar dollars to purchase cool Paul swag, participation in off-campus excursions, dances, social mixers, movies and games and other activities chosen by scholars.

Daily M.E.R.I.T. Each month we focus on key character traits: respect, honesty, citizenship, caring, self-discipline, responsibility, fairness, perseverance, courage, and loyalty. Scholars are recognized publicly in community meetings as a means of reinforcing the expectations while celebrating scholar successes. Paul scholars learn and understand that their actions result in either positive or negative consequences, which directly impact their futures.

M.E.R.I.T. in Uniform Paul PCS seeks to ensure the best educational environment for students, fostering school unity and pride, and ensuring scholars focus solely on learning. Scholars are required to be in full uniform daily as outlined in our uniform policy.

Our M.E.R.I.T. scholars pace themselves by taking advantage of tutoring services to avoid late nights and  cramming. Scholars can ask questions about the material in emails or during teacher office hours – however parents, you may need to rearrange your student’s Ex-Day schedule to meet and discuss material with teachers before or after school! Ideally, M.E.R.I.T. scholas don’t procrastinate; they sense of urgency during the school week. M.E.R.I.T. scholars and families set an alarm on Sundays to physiologically prepare for the week for 7:00am or earlier. Scholars lay out their uniform the night before, go to bed at a reasonable time, and use their Paul-issued agenda book to write down assignments and important dates.

M.E.R.I.T. Beyond the Classroom: Clubs and Activities for All!

Helping our scholars explore new talents and skills through engaging after-school experiences.

Program Goals The Extended Day program at Paul PCS provides after-school clubs and activities that expose scholars to new experiences and help them develop their skills and talents. Programming is designed to support curricular goals through fun, engaging activities that encourage hands-on learning. In order to meet these goals, participation in the Extended Day program is free to all currently enrolled students.

CONTACT Ms. Jones,  Outreach and Programs Manager at exday@paulcharter.org

Extended Day The Extended Day program at Paul PCS operates throughout the school year and includes arts, STEM, homework and resource centers, mentorship and leadership development. Paul PCS clubs and activities enable scholars to explore possibilities not available during the school day. Facilitated by dedicated teaching staff at no additional cost, our clubs and activities provide a well-structured environment for our scholars directly after school from 3:30-6:00 p.m. Clubs are generated and established from student interest. If a club is not currently being offered, a scholar or teacher can make a formal request. Some of Paul PCS’s longest running clubs include National Junior Honor Society, Art Club, Cooking Club, Taekwondo and the Paul Dancers. Popular clubs and program activities include but are not limited to:


  • Bon Appetit Cooking Club
  • Chess Club
  • City at Peace – Teen Theater Arts Program
  • Community Service Club
  • Competitive Double-Dutch Team
  • Debate Club
  • Get Organized – Study Habits and Goals Club
  • Homework Help
  • Kung Fu
  • Late Night Homework Help
  • My Brother’s Keeper – Boys Mentorship Program
  • Paul Dance Troupe
  • Paul ELITE African Drumming Ensemble
  • Paul MATH-letes
  • Paul’s Pearls – Girl’s Mentorship Program
  • Sign Language Club
  • Student Government


  • Basketball
  • Cheer Team
  • Co-Ed Cross Country Track & Field (Boys & Girls)
  • E-Sports
  • Varsity Football
  • Varsity Soccer
  • Varsity Volleyball