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    Merit Scholars Vision



    A dynamic, academically driven cohort of scholars committed to making a difference in their broader diverse communities working alongside leaders to fulfill their passion to empower positive change. 


    The Merit Scholars program equips students with the skills, knowledge, and motivation to bring positive change in themselves and the world through a rigorous Advanced Placement Capstone course of study. Through the integration of experiential service-learning programs, they explore and act on critical issues impacting their communities and world.  Upon successful completion of the Merit Scholars course of study, students will not only be more competitive, but will be problem solvers in their collegial and professional pursuits. 



    Entrance Requirements for  Merit Scholars

    • A minimum SBAC score of 2500 in English Language Arts
    • A 3.4 grade-point-average
    • Enrollment in Algebra 1 in eighth grade.

    Why Choose Merit Scholars?

    • Flexibility in Career Exploration/Focus 

    • COOL TEACHERS  and strong parental support  

    • AP Capstone Diploma 

    • AP with WE Service 

    • United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 

    • Surrounded by like-minded students 

    • Competitive UC/CSU Course of Study 

    • Leaders through Service Learning Opportunities

    • Guest Speakers on Civil Engagement and Service 

    • Field Trips based on the 5-pillar development model for the UN Sustainable Development Goals 

    • College Field Trips

    • Involvement in Extracurricular Activities 


     Merit Scholars  Medal of Distinction:

    4 Merit Core Classes 

    • AP Human Geography/Merit 101

    • AP Modern World History

    • AP Seminar 

    • AP Research


    3 Additional AP Courses 


    Minimum 40 hours logged Service Learning Hours


    Earn a minimum 3.40 cumulative unweighted academic grade point average by the end of the first semester of senior year




    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. 




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