As a Long Beach Unified School District “Secondary Specialized Program” Merit Scholars is a rigorous college preparatory pathway designed to offer opportunities for students for not only entrance to a four year college or university, but success there, as well. In preparing students for higher education, the Merit Scholars curriculum exceeds the UC/CSU A-G admission requirements. Students are required to take a minimum of five Advanced Placement courses while enrolled at Lakewood High School. Accepted applicants will be placed in either “Accelerated” or “Honors” classes that are taught by experienced teachers committed to academic and individual development and excellence.
Entrance Requirements for the Merit Scholars Program pathway include:
- A minimum SBAC score of 2510 in Mathematics and English Language Arts,
- A 3.3 grade-point-average, and
- Completion of Algebra One prior to entrance.
Students must apply for Merit Scholars in the Special Program section
of the High School Choice Application.
Features and Benefits
- Merit Scholars can take advantage of all of Lakewood High School’s educational and extracurricular opportunities.
- The Merit Scholars Program pathway is actively supported by administration, faculty, and counselors as students discover their academic potential.
- Upon graduation the Merit Scholar will have satisfied the UC/CSU A-G entrance requirements.
- Upon graduation the Merit Scholar will wear a white cord designating the student’s college preparatory pathway.
For a Merit Scholars Medal of Distinction the following must be completed:
- A full schedule of classes for the entire four years at Lakewood High School
- Completion of the UC/CSU A-G Admission requirements
- Completion of Long Beach Unified School District’s requirements for a high school diploma
- Completion of five Advanced Placement courses (English Literature and Composition must be included)
- Completion of Pre-Calculus
- Completion of three years of lab science
- Completion of three years of the same foreign language (LOTE)
- Maintain a 3.3 un-weighted academic cumulative grade-point-average by the end of the seventh semester
Academic Program of Study
Years UC/SCU notation Discipline of Study
3 A Social Studies
4 B English
4 C Mathematics
3 D Lab Science
3 E LOTE
1 F Visual and Performing Arts
1 G College Preparatory Elective
2 Physical Education
Merit Scholars are recognized quarterly for their classroom endeavors. Each year there is a Merit Scholars banquet in May; this gathering celebrates a student’s exceptional classroom work for the entire school year.
Merit Scholars Program is a pathway that offers academic college preparatory opportunities and counseling for each individual student as they matriculate for acceptance into the four year college or university of her or his choice.