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  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Diversity
    A-
  3. Teachers
    A
  4. College Prep
    B
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B
  6. Health & Safety
    B
  7. Administration
    A-
  8. Sports
    B+
  9. Food
    B+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B
Merced Union High School District is an above average, public school district located in Atwater, CA. It has 10,523 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 21 to 1. According to state test scores, 19% of students are at least proficient in math and 45% in reading.

Merced Union High School District Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
45%
Percent Proficient - Math
19%
Average Graduation Rate
91%
Average SAT
1040
1,310 responses
Average ACT
21
465 responses

Students

Diversity
A-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
10,523
Free or Reduced Lunch
75.2%
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Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
21:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$84,365
Teachers in First/Second Year
6.6%

Finances

Expenses Per Student
$15,589/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    55%
  • Support Services
    41%
  • Other
    4%
Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    C-
  2. Good for Families
    B
  3. Housing
    D-
Median Household Income
$50,129
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$973
National
$949
Median Home Value
$229,500
National
$184,700

Merced Union High School District Reviews

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I have attended the Merced High School District all four years of high school. My personal experience has been great. I made the most out of every course, program, activity that they was offered. I liked that I had teachers that I truly wanted the best for me and wanted to see me succeed. I personally was involved in cheer, leadership, AVID, CSF, and several clubs offered. If there was one thing I could change it would be the lack of school spirit we had. As a student of Buhach Colony High School I am well aware that this has been a struggle for years and we remain trying to gain more student involvement. Another thing I would like to see a change in is seating areas. I do not feel as though there is enough seating inside of the cafeteria which leads to students being seated outside. During rough weather this becomes an issue. It leads to students going into classrooms in which students seeking help are at and it all becomes overwhelming.
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I liked the fact that there is a variety of different people with different cultures within the district and there are some improvements when it comes to celebrating those cultures. I think that there are some people who are trying to make changes all across the district and they are trying to improve students' experiences. Although, I believe that the academic system is not really improving and I see students who become less and less motivated along with the teachers and administration. I believe that the schools need to get their educational system on track and get a sense of consistency before they focus on anything else. There is a lot of information that students do not even seem to know about. Requirements like the CTE courses and what not are not consistent. There are good intentions in the new programs but I do not think it is fair to students who are being used as guinea pigs and are not being guided.
Overall, I like the school district. Yet I believe many things can be improved, like the current bell schedule. The lunch is ridiculously short!