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Meadowbrook Alternative Program

1260 Meadowbrook Rd
Merrick, NY 11566
Susan Ellinghaus

Main Office:
 (516) 992-1083

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”

- Anne Frank


MAP Bell Schedule

Period  Time
1 9:00am - 9:41am
2 9:45am - 10:26am
3 10:30am - 11:11am
4 11:15am - 11:56am
5 12:00pm - 12:41pm
6 12:45pm - 1:26pm (Lunch)
7 1:26pm - 2:07pm
8 2:07pm - 2:48pm (Extra Help)
9 2:49pm - 3:30pm


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The Meadowbrook Alternative Program (MAP) promotes Honor, Excellence, Respect, and Optimism in students who have had difficulties succeeding in traditional high school settings.

MAP students succeed through their engagement in a rigorous academic program consisting of  personalized classroom, real world, and service learning experience delivered in the context of a nurturing and challenging learning community.

The Guidance Department at the Meadowbrook Alternative Program is committed to serving the Bellmore-Merrick community by helping foster and support the Academic, Social, Emotional and Career Development of all students.

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    MAP Graduates Eight Students

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    On June 14, eight students graduated from the Meadowbrook Alternative Program. Mekhi Beckett, Kevin DeJesus, Jason Font, Paul LaRocco, salutatorian Luke Piano, valedictorian Tyrik Purcell, Samantha Quigley and Jenna Rath were honored by Principal Susan Ellinghaus, school psychologist Dr. Joseph Netto and other MAP staffers.

    Ellinghaus said she “looked upon the graduates as heroes who never gave up even after quarantine and a senior year filled with social distancing and other protocols.”

    Valedictorian Tyrik Purcell thanked his teachers and the MAP staff for being so supportive of him and his fellow classmates.

    The class selected Zachary Gosse for the Faculty Address. In his address, Gosse reminded the students that “they are worthy and that no one could take that from them.”

    Derek Baumann, a MAP Class of 2017 alumnus and soon to be graduate LIU Class of 2021 with honors, presented the alumni address.

    He explained his reasons for attending MAP and how “the support of the staff helped him to develop feelings of self-worth.” He reminded them that “anyone could be traditional, but the real interesting people are alternative.”

    VIDEO: MAP, PREP Academy Students Plant for Earth Day

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    Zachary Gosse’s students from his School and Community Leadership class at the Meadowbrook Alternative Program joined with the PREP Academy for an Earth Day activity aimed at brightening the grounds and serving as a future fresh produce supply for the Community Cupboard.

    “Our 9/11 Plaza and Memory Garden in the front of the building now have some beautiful petunias which will fill the space with color far into the next school year,” explained MAP Principal Susan Ellinghaus.

    Students learned gardening skills as the beds in the Brookside Farm located in the main courtyard had to be weeded, composted and treated with peat moss. Two of them are now planted with four different varieties of lettuce and spring onions, which had re-seeded themselves.

    “Our PREP Academy students will tend to the garden and eventually harvest it for donating to the Community Cupboard,” added school psychologist Dr. Joseph Netto.

    The district developed PREP Academy as a next-level education, recreational and vocational experience for students within the district through age 21. Goals of the academy include social understanding and skills, self-advocacy and developing specific job skills and independent recreational skills.

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