Prepare for Real Life
In high school, most students have the same question… “When am I going to use this?” At Mercy, we answer that question. Our curriculum is designed around applying knowledge to real-life problems, so our students learn how to think critically while being innovative. These skills, along with the basics in the core content areas, like math, English and science, prepare our girls to excel in college and be successful in the real world to follow.
How do we define learning at Mercy?
At Mercy, we approach learning through what we call “performance-tasks.” An example can be seen in a chemistry class. Our chemistry teacher teaches our girls about chemicals and their interactions. In most traditional classrooms, students memorize each chemical and take a test based on their ability to memorize the notes from class. The reality is that you are not going to remember the information on this test very far into the future, and how could you?
While your knowledge of the chemicals is important, our teacher is concerned more with how you can use this knowledge in real life. So, she gives her students a simulated oil spill like what has been seen in the Gulf of Mexico. Now, she challenges her students to use the knowledge gained in class to figure out a real-world problem. That is how we define learning at Mercy.
Where Will Your Story Lead You?
Each Mercy student has her own unique academic road to travel, and some find that a combination of roads best meet their academic needs. You are not alone; our dedicated counseling department assists students over four years as they navigate the best options for them.
Which road will you take?
Traditional College Prep
Pre-college curriculum that prepares students for college-level work
Advanced College Prep
Advanced level classes in core areas with opportunities for college credit
Advanced Placement Scholar
AP (Advanced Placement) classes with a college-level curriculum and opportunities for college credit
Mercy Scholar Diploma
Program for gifted students with GPA and leadership requirements including five AP classes