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Advanced Placement

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 18 AP classes with the opportunity to earn college credit.

  • Biology
  • Calculus AB
  • Calculus BC
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science Principles
  • English Literature
  • French Language
  • Macroeconomics
  • Microeconomics
  • Music Theory
  • Physics 1
  • Psychology
  • Spanish Language
  • Spanish Literature
  • Statistics
  • Studio Art
  • US Government
  • US History

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 end of her senior year.

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