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K-12 Education

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Serving all students in modern facilities.  

  • STEAM center serves all K-8 students

  • Robust career training

  • Full AP course selection

young children

K-8 Education


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. 

High Schools


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.

children at STEAM Center

Elementary Schools

Middle Schools

High Schools

Alternative Schools

Private Schools

Source:  National Center for Education Statistics 2020-21 (March 2022)

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Higher Education

UC Merced

  1. Websites of respective school districts (March 2022).

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