Advanced Placement & Dual Credit
Advanced Placement (AP) Program
The Advanced Placement (AP) Program is administered by The College Board of New York. This program allows students to participate in college-level courses and earn college credit. Secondary schools and colleges cooperate in this program to give students the opportunity to show mastery in college-level courses by taking the AP exam each May.
AP classes are challenging and stimulating, and they require more time and work than other courses. AP classes require energetic, involved and motivated students. Mercy gives extra grade point weight on a student's GPA for taking an AP course and exam. The AP tests are required for all AP students.
Advanced Placement (AP) Classes
Mercy is proud to offer 19 AP classes with the opportunity to earn college credit.
- Calculus AB
- Calculus BC
- Computer Science Principles
- English Language
- English Literature
- French Language
- Music Theory
- Physics 1
- Spanish Language
- Spanish Literature
- Studio Art
- US Government
- US History
Dual Credit (DC) Program
Dual Credit is advanced coursework that allows students to simultaneously earn high school and college credit through exposure to intellectually demanding tasks and instruction.
Dual Credit (DC) Classes
Mercy is proud to offer 13 DC classes with the opportunity to earn college credit.
- Advanced Accounting
- Business Communications
- College Algebra
- English 101
- English 102
- French 132
- French 201
- Introduction to Law
- Spanish 123
- Spanish 201
- World Religions
Advanced Academic Achievement
We encourage each student to reach her full potential and achieve academic excellence. Mercy students have been recognized in the following academic achievement areas:
- National Merit Scholarship Program
- National AP Scholar
- AP Scholars with Distinction
- Governor’s Scholars Program
- Governor’s School for the Arts
- Commonwealth Honors Academy
- College Credit Hours
Mercy Scholar Diploma Program
The Mercy Scholar Diploma Program was designed in 2006 as an opportunity for gifted students to continue their studies outside the classroom. The program requires students to maintain a 3.8 GPA, take a minimum of three AP classes, attend two fine arts events each year, and complete service hours.
Each month, students meet with a guest speaker, who is a distinguished expert in his or her field. At the end of her sophomore year, the Mercy Scholar has the opportunity to choose an independent study with the guidance of a faculty or community member. She then presents her research and thesis paper at the Mercy Scholar Symposium at the end of her senior year.
Students have presented on topics such as the psychological effects of adoption, importance of ocean conservation, intersection of color and word association, the future of 3-D printing and more.
Check out the graduating Class of 2020's research projects:
The Irish Puzzle Piece: The Spread of Irish Culture in America by Rachel Schofield
Mentor: Mrs. Kramer
The Physical Characteristics of Serial Killers' Brains & Their Resulting Effects on Behavior by Sam Freville
Mentor: Mr. Burton
The Powerful Effect of Traditional Medicine in a Modern World by Maddie O’Daniel
Mentor: Mr. Burton
Nonverbal Communication in Law Enforcement by Margaret Mayrose
Mentor: Mrs. Schoenbachlor
The Relationship Between Teens & Social Media by Gracie Zamiska
Mentor: Mrs. Sills
Fast Food in America by Leah Simpson
Mentor: Mrs. Bowman
Neuroplasticity & the Human Brain by Destyn Carlton
Mentor: Dr. Wong
The Evolution of Surgery & Its Relationship to Technology by Erika Savage
Mentor: Dr. Wong