Alliance Gertz-Ressler/Richard Merkin 6-12 Complex

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Alliance Gertz-Ressler/Richard Merkin 6-12 Complex

Downtown Los Angeles

Alliance Gertz-Ressler/Richard Merkin 6-12 Complex

Alliance Richard Merkin Middle School prepares scholars for college-readiness through an innovative, equitable, and rigorous education.

We are conveniently located on the same campus as Alliance Gertz-Ressler High School, which offers our scholars the opportunity to begin their college-ready education in middle school and culminate at high school graduation – all on one campus!

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Our strong community of educators and families empower our scholars to be accepted into and persist through college. It takes all of us.

School size
450 scholars in grades 6-8

  • We are College-Ready! We offer a rigorous course load with school clubs that help scholars have a well rounded experience as they embark on the journey to get to and through college.
  • We offer clubs and sports including: after school programming, Associated Student Body (Leadership), Math Field Day Club, Video Game Club, and Virtual Reality Club, soccer, volleyball, and basketball.

Justin Shahbaz

Alliance Principal

Principal Profile

Justin Shahbaz has worked in education for the last sixteen years. Mr. Shahbaz was born in Santa Ana and grew up in Oceanside, California. He first joined Alliance Richard Merkin Middle School as a math teacher.

He later became principal at Westbrook Middle School in South LA for three years after which he was deeply honored and excited to return to this school community as a principal. With commitment, passion and service being his guiding principles, he sees schools as places where students can truly thrive.

Education:

  • M.A., Teaching, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
  • B.A., International Relations, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

Accepting Applications for the 2024-25 School Year

Grades 6-12

Our schools are open and free to all students! No entrance exam. No tuition. Enroll your child in one of the best schools in the country.