Merrill Middle School

Personal Success Factors


At Merrill, we believe in the development of the whole child. We also know college and career success is tightly linked to student’s personal skills and strengths. Intelligence is not fixed, students with a growth mindset are more motivated to learn and exert effort, and outperform those with a fixed mindset.

As a school community we are learning how to embed character into routines by naming, modeling, teaching, and building an understanding of the Personal Success Factors: Grit, Gratitude, Curiosity, Zest, Optimism, Self Control, and Social Intelligence.

DPS Personal Success Factors Video

Long Description of personal success factors