Merit Academy

2392 North Rodeo Gulch Road
Soquel, CA 95073
Tel: (831)462-5655
Grades: 9-12 | 24 students
Touring American Honda and driving the Hydrogen Fuel Cell Car (FCX).  Working on setting up a partnership between American Honda and Kids 4 Hydrogen.
Touring American Honda and driving the Hydrogen Fuel Cell Car (FCX).  Working on setting up a partnership between American Honda and Kids 4 Hydrogen.
At Merit Academy, there is one student per class.
Teachers teach directly to that one student, so there's no way to slip through the cracks.
The classes move at a level appropriate for each student.
You won't have to wonder whether your child is participating in class discussions or whether the teacher is engaging your child; these concerns are nonexistent at Merit.
Merit's teachers and director keep close tabs on each student's progress.
Teachers report directly to Merit's Director about each student's work.
The director meets with each student once per week to ensure that the student is making good progress, enjoying their classes, and using their time wisely.
If a student looks like they might fall behind, they are able to receive extra tutoring.
No one gets lost in the shuffle at Merit.
At the same time, we employ rigorous standards to fully prepare students to be successful at even the most selective universities.
Our dedicated teachers, who are experts in their fields, offer exciting lectures and individualized support.
Students not only take a full load of accelerated classes, but they also get experience with life outside the classroom—holding internships, working on special projects, and performing community service.
As students approach college, they receive guidance with the admissions process.
Although the workload might seem heavy for some students, we offer the support they need to get it done.

School Overview

Grades Offered Grades 9-12
Learning Difference Programs Yes
Learning Programs Supported All
Year Founded 1994

Student Body

Total Students 24 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 44%
Students by Grade Merit Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 24 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 1:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size 1 students
List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses
Advanced Courses ENG 1010-1030 Honors, ENG 1110-1130 Honors, ENG 1210-1230 Honors, ENG 910-930 Honors, HIS 1010-1030 Honors, HIS 1110-1130 Honors, HIS 1210-1230 Honors, HIS 910-930 Honors, LIT 1010-1030 Honors, LIT 1110-1130 Honors, LIT 1210-1230 Honors, LIT 910-930 Honors, MATH 1010-1030 Honors, MATH 1110-1130 Honors, MATH 1210-1230 Honors, MATH 910-930 Honors, SCI 1010-1030 Honors, SCI 1110-1130 Honors, SCI 1210-1230 Honors, SCI 910-930 Honors, SPA 1010-1030 Honors, SPA 1110-1130 Honors, SPA 1210-1230 Honors, SPA 910-930 Honors,
Average SAT score 2250
Average ACT score 30
Matriculation DataMatric. Data Link to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress Code Casual

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost $39,000
Tuition Notes Students can enroll in one to six courses per trimester. $39,000 is based on full enrollment and educational/college advisory.
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director Susan Tatsui-D\'Arcy


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 2 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. Travel Abroad with English, History and Literature Classes, projectMerit projectMerit, Travel Abroad with English, History and Literature Classes,

School Notes:

  • Academic requirements for High School Graduation with Honors: 4 years of English Grammar (36 essays and articles per year) 4 years of World Literature (36 books per year) 4 years of Mathematics (including calculus) 4 years of Science (with labs) 4 years of History/Economics/Civics/Psychology/World Religions (3 comprehensive research papers per year) 4 years of Foreign Language 4 years of Contract Physical Education 2 years of Fine Arts or Electives 12 Professional Internships 1 College-prep Project (Minimum 2 years)
  • Academic requirements for High School Graduation: 4 years of English Grammar (18 essays and articles per year) 2 years of Literature (18 books per year) 4 years of Mathematics 4 years of Science 3 years of History/Economics/Civics (2 research papers per year) 4 years of Foreign Language 4 years of Contract Physical Education 2 years of Fine Arts or Electives 3 Professional Internships 1 Community Service Project (Minimum 1 month)

Nearby Private Schools:

The nearest high school is The Bay School (2.5 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is Tara Redwood School (1.6 miles away)
The nearest preschool is Tara Redwood School (1.6 miles away)
All Schools High Schools Elementary Schools Preschools Public Schools
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  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • Soquel
    Tara Redwood School
    Montessori School
    Grades: PK-3 | 51 students
    1.6 miles
    5810 Prescott Rd
    Soquel, CA 95073
  • Santa Cruz
    Grades: NS-8 | 216 students
    2.4 miles
    2727 Mattison Ln
    Santa Cruz, CA 95065
  • Aptos
    Grades: PK-8 | 295 students
    2.5 miles
    6230 Soquel Dr
    Aptos, CA 95003
  • Santa Cruz
    The Bay School
    Special Education School
    Grades: K-12
    2.5 miles
    5400 Soquel Avenue, Suite F
    Santa Cruz, CA 95062
  • Soquel
    Beach High School
    Special Education School
    Grades: PK | 20 students
    2.9 miles
    5520 Old San Jose Rd
    Soquel, CA 95073

School Reviews

Before we decided to attend Merit Academy my daughter was overwhelmed with pressure and hours of homework. My child is now thriving and extremely happy. I am grateful for the flexibility and nurturing of the wonderful and professional staff at Merit Academy.
- Posted by Parent, 07/24/15
Merit Academy came to our rescue! Our son was failing high school math , we did not know what to do. We found Merit and with the help of Kimberly my son''s teacher he turned his grade into a B plus. We are forever grateful and my son is thriving. Can''t say enough about the personalized attention my son has received.
- Posted by Parent, 05/23/13
Merit Academy is a truly unique school. I attended Merit Academy for all of my pre-college education. The one-on-one class environment allowed me to customize my curriculum to meet my development needs. There are theater opportunities and dance training integration programs that facilitated my dual passion for academics and competitive dancing. Susan offers customized college advisory programs to support every student at Merit Academy. Because of Merit Academy and the guidance and direction from Susan, I was accepted into one of the top colleges in America and landed a job at a major electronics company after college that supports and furthers my career ambitions. I attribute all of my academic and artistic/athletic success to Merit Academy.
- Posted by Student/Alumni, 05/23/13

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The average private school tuition in Santa Cruz County, CA is $9,088 for elementary schools and $20,929 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
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