K-12 Education

Primary and Secondary Education
Merced offers a variety of educational experiences. Kindergarten through 8th grade classes are provided by Merced City School District and Weaver School District, with a combined student population of more than 14,000 students. The Districts' programs are augmented by 5 private elementary schools, offering academic and religious education. Merced has won state recognition for Hoover Middle School. Full programs of sports, music and other activities are offered.

Merced Union High School District is a unified district of high schools within Merced County, including three campuses located in Merced. Golden Valley and Merced High Schools offer complete traditional programs, including advanced placement and honors classes. East Campus provides alternative education. The high schools have complete sports, music and extra-curricular programs, and frequently win honors in these fields.

The Merced County Office of Education provides a continuation high school and special education services.

K-12 Education
Elementary Schools Enrollment Avg. Class Size Test Scores*
Ada Givens Elementary (K-5) 493 21.4 775
Alicia Reyes Elementary
(K-5)
580 23.2 740
Allan Peterson Elementary
(K-5)
752 24.2 854
Charles Wright Elementary
(K-5)
459 22.8 782
Don Stowell Elementary
(K-5)
519 22.5 745
Donn B. Chenowith
Elementary (K-5)
716 31.0 853
Farmdale Elementary (K-5) 850 20.4 790
Franklin Elementary (K-5) 489 21.1 786
Joe Stefani (3-5) 510 23.1 786
John C. Fremont Charter
(K-5)
508 21.1 n/a
John Muir Elementary
(K-5)
491 18.8 788
Leontine Gracey Elementary
(K-5)
 561 22.4 692
Luther Burbank Elementary (K-5) 598 23.0 731
Margaret Sheehy Elementary
(K-5)
508 22.0 771
McSwain Elementary (K-8) 836 23.3 860
Pioneer Elementary (K-5) 903 20.0 823
Plainsburg Union
Elementary (K-8)
114 19.0 842
Middle Schools Enrollment Avg Class Size Test Scores*
Herbert H. Bruickshank (6-8) 867 25.1 810
Herbert Hoover Middle (6-8) 857 24.1 731
Merced Scholars Charter (6-12) 108 25.4 n/a
Rudolph Rivera Middle (6-8) 898 26.0 759
Tenaya Middle (6-8) 890 25.0 713
Weaver Middle (6-8) 759 21.0 776
High Schools  Enrollment / Grad Rate Avg Class Size Test Scores* 
Golden Valley High (9-12) 2,316 (89.5) 22.4 775
Merced High (9-12) 2,656 (88.6) 24.1 800
Alternative/Special/Adult Education Enrollment / Grad Rate Avg Class Size Test Scores*
Floyd A. Schelby (K-12)
(Special Ed)
63 (n/a) 9 728
Independence High (9-12) (Alt) 215 (39.1) 11.3 520
Merced City School District Communic Day (K-8) (Alt) 19 (n/a) 6.3 n/a
Merced County Juvenile Hall/Community (K-12) (Alt) 114 (28.6) 19.0 n/a
Merced County Special Education (K-12) 526 (n/a) 9.2 717
Sequoia High (9-12) (Alt) 146 (84.5) 8.4 516
Valley Community (K-12) (Alt) 841 22.8 535
Yosemite High (9-12)
(Continuation)
307 (78.6) 11.2 527
Private Schools Enrollment Avg Class Size Test Scores*
Harvest Christian (PK-12) 40 6.8 n/a
Merced Adventist (4-8) 9 9.0 n/a
Merced Christian (PK-8) 181 12.4 n/a
Merced Montessori (PK-K) 68 1.1 n/a
Our Lady of Mercy (PK-8) 324 26.7 n/a
St. Luke's Episcopal (PK-5) 83 9.0 n/a
St. Paul Lutheran (PK-5) 124 15.8 n/a
Stone Ridge Christian High (9-12) 52 9.6 n/a
Source: National Center for Education Statistics (www.nces.ed.gov); Great Schools (www.greatschools.org); 2009-2010 data (September 2011)
*API: The API (Academic Performance Index) ranges between 200 and 1,000, with 800 as the statewide goal for all schools.