Merit Academy is a unique private school that offers all classes one-on-one with curriculum designed to intrigue, inspire, and innovate. With individualized accelerated curriculum, our students advance quickly and develop strong academic skills. All students engage in one long-term project that builds commitment and leadership, and ultimately becomes the cornerstone of their college applications. Many of our TEDx speakers have developed exciting programs doing ProjectMERIT to solve problems that our government and corporations have not. Speakers: Joe Jordan "The Sky's the Limit: Pathways to Solutions" Pascal Costa "How to stop overpopulation before we reach 10 billion people on Earth" Mas Hashimoto "Japanese Incarceration vs Muslim Racism" Tim Niemier "How we can stop the flow of plastic pollution into our oceans?" Allen Green "Redreaming Democracy -- from Plato's Cave to Folktopian Visions" David Vasquez "What if there actually IS an energy 'magic bullet'?" Hannah Faris "Creating a grassroots movement to inspire change" Martin Gaskell "Supermassive black holes: the most powerful objects in the universe" Logan Conover "Can individual people reduce CO2 enough to ward off climate change?" Gregory Gavin "What if you build a river in a classroom?"