Gwynedd-mercy Academy Elementary

  • Gwynedd-Mercy Academy is a private, Catholic, co-educational academy committed to quality education integrated with Gospel values.
  • A ministry of the Sisters of Mercy and established in 1861, Gwynedd-Mercy Academy combines a long tradition of academic excellence with innovative teaching methodology and technology integration to create a caring, child-centered environment.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA)
National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Religious AffiliationRoman Catholic
Grades OfferedGrades Kindergarten-8
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Year Founded1861
Awards Blue Ribbon School - Selected in 2007, 2017

Student Body

Total Students348 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 23%
Students by Grade Gwynedd-mercy Academy Elementary Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers42 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio8:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size16 students
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$13,700
Tuition NotesGwynedd-Mercy Academy tuition is bundled and fee-inclusive, including the cost of books, intial stationary supplies, field trips, school pictures and yearbook. A monthly payment plan is available. There are no technology or curriculum-fees of any type.
% on Financial Aid
Admissions DirectorMrs. Bethanne Connolly


Total Sports Offered11 sports
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cheering, Cross Country, Field Hockey, Flag Football, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Track and FieldBaseballBasketball,
CheeringCross Country,
Field HockeyFlag Football,
Track and Field


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.4 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Band/Choir/Voice Lessons, National Junior Honor Society, Service Activities, Student Council

School Notes

  • Students at Gwynedd-Mercy Academy are nurtured and encouraged to reach the highest standards of excellence. Challenging academic curriculum, extensive arts and music programs, team-building athletic program and numerous extended learning opportunities allow our students recognize their gifts and to actualize their potential. Developing the faith life of the school community, in partnership with parents, is paramount at Gwynedd-Mercy Academy. Participation in the Community of Caring Program, based on the Olweus Anti-Bullying Program, supports our religion curriculum.
  • In order to develop 21st century competencies and further authenticate the learning experiences at Gwynedd-Mercy Academy, students in kindergarten through eighth grade participate in an integrated STEM curriculum, applying scientific principles to solve real-world problems. Our curriculum is comprised of best practices in STEM education, challenging students to think analytically, critically, and creatively while engaging in scientific explorations and investigations. This inquiry-based, interdisciplinary approach brings STEM concepts to life with meaningful, hands-on learning experiences that deepen our students' intellectual curiosity of the world around them. Our curriculum embraces the concept of trial and error, encouraging students to focus on the process as the vehicle for success rather than the product.

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School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (5 reviews)
Gwynedd-Mercy Academy Elementary has been an amazing school for my three children. My oldest son is now at La Salle College High School and was completely prepared, both academically and socially, for the challenges of high school. He transitioned smoothly into high school due to the incredible education he received during his time at GMA. My younger two children are currently in 5th and 8th grade at GMA and are thriving in the warm, positive learning environment. They are engaged in a challenging, STEM-based curriculum through a variety of hands-on activities. Our faculty and staff work tirelessly to educate every student based on their specific needs. There are many enrichment opportunities available to our students with our excellent music, art, sports, and after school programs. Our McAuley Learning Center is staffed with dedicated, trained educators who provide many types of learning support so that all children are given the tools they need to be successful at GMA. We have a full-time school counselor and full-time nurse on staff to meet every need of our students. We have a warm, welcoming community that fosters a true sense of family. Our family is very blessed to be a part of the Gwynedd-Mercy Academy Elementary community and would highly recommend it to any prospective families.
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I have three children currently at GMA, grade 2nd, 6th and 8th. Our family absolutely loves it there. The class sizes are small giving each child the individual care they need. Gwynedd does a great job of preparing the kids for high school, both academically and emotionally. They encourage the students to get involved with extracurricular activities such as clubs, sports and service. The school recently switched to block scheduling which the kids really enjoy. GMA teaches the kids to be independent and respectful. We couldn't have picked a better spot to help raise our kids.
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GMA is an outstanding elementary and middle school. Our children are thriving at GMA. The education, compassion towards the students as well as the high school preparedness is tremendous. We couldn't be happier with our choice to send our children to Gwynedd Mercy Academy Elementary.
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Amazing school! The class sizes give teachers a chance to help students when needed or challenge them at their pace! Great nurturing environment.
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Gwynedd Mercy Academy has shown dramatic improvement i on all quantifiable metrics, including student achievement and staff and leadership retention. This network has the foundation and people to provide an excellent educational option, where students are known, and they are challenged. Teachers and leaders are valued, supported and developed, and the staff culture is collaborative and kind. The network is committed to improving practices around diversity, equity and inclusion.
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