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    Merit Scholars Vision


    “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.



    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.  

    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.

    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.


     Merit Scholars  Medal of Distinction:

    AP Seminar and Research Courses

    Plus FOUR other other Advanced Placement classes
    Complete four years of Math through PreCalculus or AP Statistics
    Complete at least three years of World Language
    Complete at least three years of Science

    Earn a minimum 3.30 cumulative unweighted academic grade point average by the end of the first semester of senior year
    Minimum 40 hours logged Service Learning Hours




    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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      Christina Acuna World Language
      R Anderson ex: 3110 Counselor - Merit
      Mrs. Bobo Science Teacher
      Christina Boggan Teacher
      Jonathan Brandts English
      Cory Clarke ex: 3235 Social Studies
      Victor De La Loza Science
      Janelle Deutschman Teacher
      Mr. Esparza Math
      Mr. Gjonovich (562) 425-1281 ex: 3283 Math
      Joe Ingram Naval Science Instructor
      Johanna Knox PE
      Ms. Magana English
      Nichole McDaniel Foreign Language
      Andy Miramontes Department Head Boys P.E.
      Ms. Monarrez English
      Roberta Teran English