MERC Alternative High School

About the School

MERC is an alternative high school with an emphasis on attendance, respect, and setting goals. The staff is committed to helping students obtain their diploma and set goals for their future.

Curriculum Focus/Courses

MERC has the same core curriculum credit requirements and graduation standards as the Minneapolis Public School system. Students who graduate from MERC receive a diploma from their home school in the Minneapolis system and participate in our own Alternative School graduation celebration.

Courses include English, social studies, math, science, job preparation, college preparation, computer skills, physical education, health, and creative problem solving and others. The average class size is 14-16 students.

Program Strengths

MERC offers a safe, caring environment, small class sizes, a counselor, a dedicated staff, and mentorship within the building, which enhance the student’s success in jobs, community involvement, and college.

Support Services

Jobs counselor. Bus tickets provided for students living more than 2 miles from school.


Call for information and appointment. Parent or guardian must accompany student for intake.

Member of the Metropolitan Federation of Alternative Schools

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PPL Bethlehem Community Center, 2539 Pleasant Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55404

School Hours

8:15 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.

Students Served

Grades 9-12, Ages 14-20

Click here for the MERC 2015-2016 School Improvement Plan



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