Alliance Gertz-Ressler/Richard Merkin 6-12 Complex

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2023 South Union Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90007

(213) 748-0141






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



450 scholars in grades 6-8

Date Opened

August 2005


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 Honduras.


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 scholars are automatically eligible to enroll at Alliance Gertz-Ressler in 9th grade without participating in a public lottery.


98% Latino, 1% African American/Black, 12% English Language Learners (ELL), 9% special education, and 98% free or reduced meal program participants.



Principal Shanayna Harnage has served as an elementary school teacher, an instructional lead, and an administrator. Throughout her career, she has worked on increasing proficiency for scholars in math and literacy. She has a bachelor’s degree in Social Welfare from the University of California, Berkley and a master’s in Educational Leadership from Park University.