Merit Academy

2392 North Rodeo Gulch Road,
Soquel, CA, 95073
     Tel: (831)462-5655
Grades: 9 - 12 | 24 students
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 50%
State avg.: 45%
Students by Grade Merit Academy Students by Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 24 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 1:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree 20%
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 100%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director Susan Tatsui-D\'Arcy

Extracurriculars

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 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 High Schools  | Elementary Schools Elementary Schools  | Preschools Preschools  | Public Schools Public Schools 
Show me:
  • School Location Miles Students Grades
  • SoquelTara Redwood School
    Montessori School
    5810 Prescott Rd
    SoquelCA95073
    (831)462-9632
    Montessori School
    1.6 mi | 31 students | Gr. PK-3                      
  • Santa CruzGood Shepherd Catholic School
      (Roman Catholic)
    2727 Mattison Ln
    Santa CruzCA95065
    (831)476-4000
      (Roman Catholic)
    2.4 mi | 178 students | Gr. NS-8                      
  • Santa CruzThe Bay School
    Special Education School
    5400 Soquel Avenue, Suite F
    Santa CruzCA95062
    (831)462-9620
    Special Education School
    2.5 mi | n/a students | Gr. K-12                      
  • AptosSanta Cruz Montessori School
    Montessori School
    6230 Soquel Dr
    AptosCA95003
    (831)476-1646
    Montessori School
    2.5 mi | 205 students | Gr. PK-8                      
  • SoquelBeach High School
    Special Education School
    5520 Old San Jose Rd
    SoquelCA95073
    (831)462-5867
    Special Education School
    2.8 mi | n/a students | Gr. PK                      

School Reviews

Recommended
1 year ago
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
Recommended
1 year ago
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
Recommended
1 year ago
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

Reviews should be a few sentences in length. Please include any comments on:

  • Quality of academic programs, teachers, and facilities
  • Availability of music, art, sports and other extracurricular activities
  • Academic or athletic awards

I am a:

Email: (we will not reveal your email)

Your review:

Would you recommend this school?         Add School Reviews - Recommended Yes    

 I give permission to post this review online for other visitors to read.

Area Statistics

Recent Articles
Paying for Private School: 7 Options
Paying for Private School: 7 Options
Don't assume you cannot afford private school. Don't assume that you make too much money to be eligible for financial aid. Ask. Always ask.
Cristo Rey Schools: A Different Kind of School
The Cristo Rey Network of schools currently comprises some 26 schools in 17 states and the District of Columbia. Truth is they are just getting started.
Homeschool or Private School?
What do you do when you are dissatisfied with your local public schools? Homeschool your children? Send them to private school? Let's look at your options.
Request Information
I am a: Parent   Student  
Email:
Name of parent:
First name:
Middle name:
Last name:
Student date of birth:
Student is:
Male   Female  
Currently in grade:
Seeking entry for grade:
Target start date:
Name of current school:
School type:
Public   Private   Parochial  
Applying for financial aid?:
Yes   No   Don't Know  

Please describe academic, athletic, and extracurricular interests of the student.

Address:
City:
Country:
State:
Zip:

(enter "N/A" if not applicable)
Phone:

Allow other schools to send me information. Share your information with all schools on our site and let them send you brochures.

Save this data and create your user profile. Create your own user account so you don't have to re-type your user data each time you request information.You'll also be able to track your information requests, get reminded of application dates, and more!

Did You Know?
The average private school tuition in Santa Cruz County, CA is $8,802 for elementary schools and $20,529 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Santa Cruz County, CA is 79% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).