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“Our pathway leads to scholarship…

Our pathway leads to service…our pathway leads to success…

Our pathway leads to college!”


Merit Scholars have been accepted and earned scholarships to prestigious colleges and universities across the country.



100% of 2017 Merit Scholars Graduates were accepted into 4 year universities.  


A community of academic scholarship and leadership, empowering students to thrive in a diverse, dynamic, global environment.



The Merit Scholars program supports scholars through a rigorous Advanced Placement Capstone course of study through the integration of research, service and communication preparing Merit Scholars for success in top universities and a competitive, global economy.  



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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 AP World History being the “gateway” course for Lakewood students. 

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%.


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.)


For the Class of 2016

164 Merit Scholar Graduates

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.

How do you join “our pathway to college”?

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Entrance Requirements for the Merit Scholars Program pathway include:

  • A minimum SBAC score of 2500 in English Language Arts
  • A 3.0 grade-point-average
  • Enrollment in Algebra 1 in eighth grade.

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 6-7 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



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.

Merit Scholars AP Capstone Diploma


AP Capstone Diploma

Merit Scholars students have the opportunity to earn the College Board AP Capstone Diploma by earning scores of 3 or higher on AP Seminar and AP Research and on four additional AP Exams of their choosing.  


Students who earn scores of 3 or higher in AP Seminar and AP Research but not on four additional AP Exams will receive the AP Seminar and Research Certificate. To find out more about the AP Capstone program, visit the official College Board website. 







Merit Scholars

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Merit Scholar Lead Teacher

Nichole McDaniel

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Acuna, Christina
World Language
Anderson, R
Counselor - ATM
Brandts, Jonathan
Busch, Lisa
Social Studies
Cangro, Lisa
AP Coordinator
Christine, Chesnot
Clarke, Cory
Social Studies
De La Loza, Victor
Deutschman, Mrs.
Social Studies
Esparza, Mr.
Gjonovich, Mr.
Jordan, Melinda
Department Head English 9/10
Knox, Johanna
Loera, Dolores
Magana, Ms.
McDaniel, Nichole
Foreign Language
McMackin, Donald
McWhorter, Sean
Social Studies
O'Halloran, Mary
Math Department Head
Pagulayan, Zondee
Suarez, Norma
Foreign Language
Vitale, Michael
Department Head English 11/12
West, David