Mercyhurst Preparatory School

538 E Grandview Blvd
Erie, PA 16504-0165
Tel: (814)824-2210
Grades: 9-12 | 544 students
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Sitting atop the hill on a sprawling 7.25 acre campus, Erie's only co-educational Catholic high school and with Northwest Pennsylvania's only International Baccalaureate program, Mercyhurst Preparatory School offers a destination for students from across the region and around the world that is unmatched in Erie.
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Sitting atop the hill on a sprawling 7.25 acre campus, Erie's only co-educational Catholic high school and with Northwest Pennsylvania's only International Baccalaureate program, Mercyhurst Preparatory School offers a destination for students from across the region and around the world that is unmatched in Erie.
With full time faculty members experienced in instrumental and vocal music, theatre, and dance, students have the opportunity to explore all facets of performing during their high school careers. Mercyhurst Prep involves students in three main-stage theatre productions, two dance recitals, two choral concerts, two show choir performances, and two orchestral performances annually.
Rowing offers MPS Laker men and women the opportunity to compete on our beautiful bay and Lake Erie, as well as waterways across the United States and Canada. Weekend regattas are the proving grounds for this extremely rigorous, prestigious and tradition-laden sport.
Swimming is a competitive sport at Mercyhurst Prep with Laker swimmers earning medals at the district, state and national levels. MPS has five state championships in the last decade. Both the boys and the girls swimming and diving teams will make another huge splash this year by earning numerous medals as they have every year.
MPS students can participate in studio arts, dance, music, photography, and theater. Mercyhurst Prep offers 49 courses in the performing and visual arts, and the arts faculty is comprised of active award-winning artists who are regularly engaged in exhibiting, performing, and teaching in the community.
The IB Program at Mercyhurst Prep provides Lakers with a worldview education that encourages an understanding and appreciation of other cultures, languages and points of view. This philosophy of education leads to inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.
Mercyhurst Preparatory School is a four year co-educational Catholic secondary school founded by the Sisters of Mercy to prepare students from all religious and ethnic backgrounds for a successful, productive, and compassionate life in an ever-changing and interdependent world.
Mercyhurst Prep education is based upon the teachings of Jesus Christ and a modeling of Judeo-Christian values; excellence in academic and co-curricular programs, service to our local and global communities, and the dedication and active support of the students, parents, faculty, staff, and alumni of the Mercyhurst community.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc. National Catholic Education Association
International Baccalaureate (IB) World School
Religious Affiliation Roman Catholic
Grades Offered Grades 9-12
Year Founded 1926
Awards  Blue Ribbon School - Selected in 1993, 1998

Student Body

Total Students 544 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
Students by Grade Mercyhurst Preparatory School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 48 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 12:1
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size 23 students
List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses
Matriculation DataMatric. Data Link to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress Code Casual
(Grey skirt/slacks and white polo shirt)

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline Nov. 6 / Jan. 9 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost $8,500
Tuition Notes This is tuition for the 2015-2016 school year. We have a technology fee of $200, iPad insurance is $65 and a fundraiser of $250.
Acceptance Rate
99%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director Marcia DiTullio
Admissions Associate Lindsey Corle

Sports

Total Sports Offered 13 sports
Sports Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Cheering, Crew, Football, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, VolleyballBaseballBasketball,
BowlingCheering,
CrewFootball,
GolfSoccer,
SoftballSwimming,
TennisTrack and Field,
Volleyball

School Notes

MISSION STATEMENT: Mercyhurst Preparatory School is a four year co-educational Catholic secondary school founded by the Sisters of Mercy to prepare students from all religious and ethnic backgrounds for a successful, productive, and compassionate life in an ever-changing and interdependent world. A Mercyhurst Prep education is based upon the teachings of Jesus Christ, the charism of Mercy, and a modeling of Judeo-Christian values. We strive for excellence in academic and co-curricular programs, we promote service to our local and global communities, and we foster the dedication and active support of the students, parents, faculty, staff, and alumni of the Mercyhurst community.

THE MERCY CHARISM CORE VALUES: compassionate presence, justice, service, hospitality, and concern for the dignity of all persons.

BELIEF STATEMENTS:

We believe that:
 
  • God is the center of our existence and Christ is our model for truth and compassion.
  • Compassionate presence, justice, service, and concern for the dignity of all persons (the charism of our foundress, Catherine McAuley) are the foundation of our school and of a moral and enlightened society.
  • Positive moral and religious values lived out in ethical conduct and service are fundamental to an interdependent society.
  • All children can succeed in a positive educational environment.
  • Everyone has an obligation to offer his or her gifts in service to others.
  • Education is the responsibility of the entire community.
  • The dignity and worth of each individual must be recognized and valued.
  • The family is the most significant institution in society.
  • Understanding and appreciation of cultural diversity are critical to world peace and global harmony.
  • Lifelong learning is essential to fulfillment of one’s potential in a changing, interdependent world.
  • Individual actions influence the world and its people.
  • Each person must assume stewardship of this planet.
  • Appreciation of the arts enlightens the human mind and spirit.Intellectual honesty is the cornerstone of the academic community.
  • Those who have much are obliged to share their resources with those who have less.
  • The active pursuit of wellness enhances one’s quality of life.

Profile last updated: 07/16/2015

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