MERIT Academy

WHY MERIT ? – Manufacturing Engineering Robotics Industrial Technology

MERIT is hands-on… skills based learning… integrated multidisciplinary courses…

MERIT is Project oriented and cross-curricular. College credit is often offered for Project Lead the Way courses and International Baccalaureate courses. Lessons are student-centric: students doing. A college going culture and career skills are emphasized.

The Academy lessons incorporate business influence and internships opportunities are available. Classroom resources are unparalleled at the high school level: CNC Machine, 3D printers, Laser Cutter, Dedicated laptop Carts in all classes: utilizing industry standard cutting edge software. Field Trips enhance the Academy experience.

STEM – Science Technology Engineering Mathematics Video:


The MERIT Academy partners with many local businesses; none more so than HAAS Automation. HAAS has been an amazing Academy Partner and is located just down Rose Avenue (thank you HAAS and to all of our business partners). Haas Automation, Inc., Oxnard, California, reports that its annual revenues exceeded $1Billion for the first time in company history in 2014 – an increase of more than 11 percent over 2013 – making it the best year ever for America’s leading machine tool builder. The company also built more than 14,000 units in 2014 – a 22 percent increase over 2013, and an all-time record – further reinforcing Haas Automation’s position as a global leader in the CNC machine tool industry.

PROJECT BASED LEARNING (Hands on, student centric)

Projects and Skills Examples: Puzzle Cube, Autoblox, Technical Drawing, Measurement, CNC, 3D printer, CAD/ 3D Solid Modeling inventor and Solidworks, Robotics, Bridges, Rockets… and more.

Engineering Courses (PLTW)


9th grade – Introduction to Engineering Design (IED, 1 year)

Students dig deep into the engineering design process, applying math, science, and engineering standards to hands-on projects. They work both individually and in teams to design solutions to a variety of problems using 3D modeling software, and use an engineering notebook to document their work.

10th grade – Principles of Engineering (POE, 1 year)

Through problems that engage and challenge, students explore a broad range of engineering topics, including mechanisms, the strength of structures and materials, and automation. Students develop skills in problem solving, research, and design while learning strategies for design process documentation, collaboration, and presentation.

11th grade – Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM, 1 year)

Manufactured items are part of everyday life, yet most students have not been introduced to the high-tech, innovative nature of modern manufacturing. This course illuminates the opportunities related to understanding manufacturing. At the same time, it teaches students about manufacturing processes, product design, robotics, and automation. Students can earn a virtual manufacturing badge recognized by the National Manufacturing Badge system.

12th grade – Capstone Course – Engineering Design and Development (EDD, 1 year)

The knowledge and skills students acquire throughout PLTW Engineering come together in EDD as they identify an issue and then research, design, and test a solution, ultimately presenting their solution to a panel of engineers. Students apply the professional skills they have developed to document a design process to standards, completing EDD ready to take on any post-secondary program or career.