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Merced Union High School

Location: Merced, CA

Population: 81,102

Closest City: Fresno

Distance to Closest City: 60 min

Airport Code: FAT

Quick Facts:

Number of High Schools: 65
Students per High School: 1,500-3,300
Student to Teacher Ratio: 23:1
Approximate Start Date: Mid August
Approximate End Date: Early June
Fall Semester Offered: Yes
Spring Semester Offered: Yes
ESL Offered:Yes
IB Program Offered: No
Possibility of Graduation: No
Enrollment Restrictions: Will accept students that have already graduated, but students cannot be 18 upon arrival, they mail the I-20 directly to the student
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Community Information

Known as the "Gateway to Yosemite," beautiful Merced is about two hours from the UNESCO World Heritage-listed national park. Locally there are two parks and a wildlife refuge, which provide many opportunities to walk, bike and enjoy nature. Elk, bobcats, golden eagles and coyotes can all be spotted on the trails, as well as beautiful displays of wildflowers. Nearby farms and visitor centers allow further exploration of the area through tastings of the valley's delicious pistachios, cheeses, almonds, and fruits. In addition, one of the oldest buildings in CA can be found in Merced, the 1875 courthouse building. This building has been featured in many films and television productions and can be toured.

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School Profile

The mission of Merced Union High School District is to provide a relevant education for all students, an education that allows students to graduate college and career ready, with skills and knowledge that open up many different pathways. Students are highly encouraged to take part in after school activities such as music and leadership groups. These groups help to form students that have a strong character and sense of civic responsibility. Staff are provided with many professional developmental opportunities, which enables them to effectively and engagingly instruct their students.

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