“Our pathway leads to scholarship…
Our pathway leads to service…our pathway leads to success…
Our pathway leads to college!”
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.
For the Class of 2016
164 Lancers graduated and 154 (94%) were accepted into a four year college or university.
93 were accepted into the CSU system, 65 into CSU Long Beach.
31 were accepted into the UC system, 10 into UCLA and 9 into Irvine.
32 were accepted into private and out-of-state colleges and universities including:
Stanford, University of Southern California, Brandeis, Texas A & M, Brigham Young, St. John’s, Arizona State, University of Hawaii, University of Oregon, Mount St. Mary’s, Redlands.
For the Class of 2017
SBAC Scores for English Language Arts: 91.0 (60.7 points above the LBUSD “at-risk mark”.)
SBAC Scores for Mathematics: 63.1 (52.2 points above the LBUSD “at-risk” mark.)
154 of our 164 Merit Scholar Students have taken at-least one Advanced Placement course through their junior year; the class average is 3.6.
For the Class of 2018
158 of our 168 Merit Scholar Students have taken at least one Advanced Placement course.
*The AP program opportunities start at the tenth grade with Modern World History being the “gateway” course for Lakewood students.
This past May, 36.8% of our Merit Scholar Sophomores passed the AP Exam with a score of 3 or higher; the LBUSD average for the 2016 exam is 35.3%.
How do you join “our pathway to college”?
Entrance Requirements for the Merit Scholars Program pathway include:
Students must apply for Merit Scholars in the Special Program section
of the High School Choice Application.
Features and Benefits
For a Merit Scholars Medal of Distinction the following must be completed:
Academic Program of Study
Years UC/CSU 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. Upon graduation Merit Scholars are awarded their “Medals of Distinction” to wear and complement their White “program-pathway” cords. They also are distinguished by their golden AP hoods that announce their participation in the AP national college preparatory program.