Alliance Richard Merkin Middle School

We are currently enrolling students in grades 6-8 for the 2015-2016 school year!


Enrollment for Current School Year

450 students in grades 6-8

Date Opened

August 2005


2023 South Union Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90007
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(213) 748-0141


(213) 745-0142


Enrollment Deadline

Thursday, October 30, 2014
(still accepting applications)

Apply in English or Spanish.

For questions about enrollment and to complete an application, please visit our enrollment page or call Isela Cruz at (213) 748-0141.


Alliance Merkin Middle School utilizes the Blended Learning for Alliance School Transformation (BLAST) education model, which provides each student with a laptop and uses a wide variety of technological tools to prepare them for success in college and future careers.  To read more about the BLAST model, click here.


Alliance Merkin Middle School is located in the Pico-Union neighborhood west of downtown Los Angeles. Pico-Union serves as a point-of-entry for many Latino immigrants, and is primarily populated by families from Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, and Hondouras.

Alliance Merkin is part of the Alliance Gertz-Ressler/Richard Merkin 6-12 Education Complex. The school shares a campus with Alliance Gertz-Ressler High School. Alliance Merkin students are automatically eligible to enroll at Alliance Gertz-Ressler in 9th grade without participating in a public lottery.


  • 98% Latino, 2% African American
  • 20% English Language Learners
  • 10% Special Needs Students
  • 98% Free/Reduced Meal Program Participants


  • API Score: 765, which is 53 points higher than the neighborhood average.
  • For more Alliance Merkin Middle School performance indicators, click here

Principal Profile

Meghan Van Pelt has been an educator for the past ten years. Prior to becoming an Administrator at Alliance Richard Merkin Middle School, she was a teacher and then instructional coach at Alliance William and Carol Ouchi High School. Additionally, she supported World Language teachers across the Alliance CMO by developing and running professional developments. Ms. Van Pelt possess a BA in French Commercial Studies from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and an MA in Education Leadership from Loyola Marymount University with a specific focus on Charter School Leadership.

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