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Merit Scholars

“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.

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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”?

Continue reading…

 

 

Entrance Requirements for the Merit Scholars Program pathway include:

  • A minimum SBAC score of 2490 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 6 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/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

 

 

Recognitions

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.

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Merit Scholar Lead Teacher

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Merit Scholar Teachers

Anderson, R
Counselor - ATM
Brandts, Jonathan
English
Busch, Lisa
Social Studies
Charles, E
Counselor - Merit
Christine, Chesnot
Teacher
Crawford, Toni
English
Cross, James
English
De La Loza, Victor
Science
Deutschman, Mrs.
Social Studies
Esparza, Mr.
Math
Frayre, Elizabeth
Teacher, AP Coordinator
Gjonovich, Mr.
Math
Jordan, Melinda
Department Head English 9/10
Loera, Dolores
Science
McWhorter, Sean
Social Studies
O'Halloran, Mary
Math Department Head
Rea, Robert
Special Education
Vitale, Michael
Department Head English 11/12
West, David
Science