Alliance Gertz-Ressler/Richard Merkin 6-12 Complex

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2023 South Union Avenue

Los Angeles, CA 90007 

(213) 745-8141







Alliance Gertz-Ressler High School is part of the Alliance Gertz-Ressler/Richard Merkin 6-12 Complex which serves grades 6-12. 




525 scholars in grades 9-12


Date Opened

August 2004



Alliance Gertz-Ressler High 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 Honduras. 



Points of Pride

Alliance Gertz-Ressler High School ranks in the top 2% of high schools nationwide by US News & World Report, and among the top 25 "Most Transformative" high schools in the nation by Newsweek. The school was recognized as a 2011 National Blue Ribbon School, in 2010 was awarded the Silver Medal EPIC Gains for scholar achievement and in 2009 was recognized as a California Distinguished School, an award that recognizes the state’s most exemplary, inspiring, and well-rounded community public schools.



93% Latino, 12% English Language Learner (ELL), 10% special education, and 98% free or reduced meal program participants.  



Stephanie TsaiStephanie Tsai started her education career as a founding teacher at Alliance Gertz-Ressler High School. She later became a founding teacher and Department Chair at Alliance Leichtman-Levine Family Foundation Environmental Science High School. While also serving as an Instructional Coach, she completed her MA in School Administration, Administrative Credential, and Certificate in Charter School Leadership in LMU’s ISLA Program. She later became an assistant principal and exhibited a particular passion for expanding AP course access for all scholars. She is now happy to return to Alliance Gertz-Ressler High School as principal. She has a bachelor's degree in History from the University of California, Los Angeles and her master's in teaching from the University of Southern California.