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 7 private elementary schools, offering academic and religious education. Among the public schools' innovative offerings:
STEAM Center. Labs and performance space.
Montessori School. School of Choice open to all district families.
Merced Union High School District is a unified district of high schools within Merced County. Golden Valley and Merced High Schools offer complete traditional programs, and there are several alternative options.
Advanced Placement. At least 12 AP courses are available.
Career Technical Education. Over 1,800 students in CTE, which includes agriculture, construction, energy, engineering, health science, hospitality, business, and additional options.
STEAM Center opens for Merced City students
Elementary students get a boost in science, technology, engineering, arts, and math at the STEAM Center that opened in 2017. Serving all students in the Merced City School District, the 5,460 sq.ft. center on Green St. is outfitted with a lab classroom and two “flex” classrooms, a lobby/breakout space, and a large outdoor amphitheater.