Mercy High School

At Mercy High School, intellectually curious, capable and compassionate young women learn and grow in a welcoming and dynamic environment that reflects the values of the Sisters of Mercy. On our beautiful 26-acre campus featuring state-of-the art science labs, fine arts facilities, and playing fields, Mercy students are engaged learners, creative artists, and dedicated athletes who are inspired by our exceptional faculty. Rich traditions, including Mercy Day, Field Day, and the Mercy ring, unite Mercy graduates across the generations, creating a powerful personal network of nearly 8,000 Mercy alumnae in Baltimore and beyond.
Entering freshmen can apply to a variety of programs that respond to their personal interests. The highly selective Women in Medicine Program in partnership with Mercy Medical Center, the Sister Agnese Neumann Scholars Program in partnership with MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital, the nationally recognized Project Lead the Way-Biomedical Science, and Women in Technology, offer an intensive four-year STEM experience.
Today, Mercy stands as the only Catholic girls' school in the Archdiocese of Baltimore authorized as an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School, offering the Middle Years Programme. Widely considered the world's premier academic program, the IB aligns with Mercy High School's commitment to fostering connections between student learning in the classroom and the real world.
Four-year programs in Visual Arts, Music, Theater and a two-track Dance Program offer students training at high levels.
Mercy`s individual approach to educating young women supports personal growth and achievement. Each student is paired with a faculty Adviser who is her guide academically, socially and spiritually. A four-year seminar program guides students from freshman study skills to the thrill of college acceptance. Service opportunities, liturgies, retreats, and daily prayer help students grow in their relationship with God and others. Traditions, clubs, and sports-including The Classic, an annual basketball game with Maryvale Preparatory School-offer every Mercy Girl a chance to develop skills necessary for success. Students enjoy a comfortable learning environment which includes new classroom furniture and efficient heating and air conditioning.

Quick Stats (2024)

  • Top Ranked MD School
  • Grades: 9-12
  • Enrollment: 444 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $17,320
  • Acceptance rate: 70%
  • Average class size: 22 students
  • Application Deadline: Dec. 15
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

Mercy High School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Maryland for:

Sports offered

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades 9-12
ADD/ADHD Support
Learning Difference Programs
Learning Programs Supported
Mild Learning Differences
Year Founded

Student Body

Total Students
444 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 38%
Students by Grade
Mercy High School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
42 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size
22 students
Number of AP Courses
9 courses
List of Courses Offered
Advanced Courses
Biology, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Computer Science Principles, English Language & Composition, English Literature & Composition, Psychology, Studio Art, U.S. History
Classroom Dress Code

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
Dec. 15
Yearly Tuition Cost
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Bonnie Bevans Kottraba '98
Admissions Associate
Caroline King '11



Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
32 extracurriculars
Club or Organization:
Anime Club, Art Club, Asian Student Union, Black Awareness Club, Class Officers and Steering Committee, Craft Club, Dublin Dancers (Irish Dance), Environmental Awareness Club, Ethics Team, Footlighters (Theatre), Girls' Athletic Association, International Club, Lance Staff (School Literary Magazine), Model Diplomats Team, National Art Honor Society, National Honor Society, Peer Educators, Peer Ministry, Pep Squad, Science Olympiad Team, Social Justice Society, Spanish Honor Society, Student Ambassadors, Student Council, The Shield (Newspaper), VALID

Arts and Music Programs:
Apprentice Dance Company, Dance Troupe, Ensemble Players (Instrumental Music), Mercy Madrigals (choral), Mercy Mezzos (choral)

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Intramural Sports Program

School Notes

  • 4 Special STEM programs: Women in Medicine Program in Partnership with Mercy Medical Center, Sister Agnese Neumann Scholars Program in partnership with MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital, Women in Technology, Project Lead the Way Biomedical Science
  • International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme
  • The Dorothy Williams Bunting Science Center
  • The Marion I. and Henry J. Knott Computer Lab
  • 4-year visual arts, music and theater programs
  • The Sr. Marie Foley College Counseling Center
  • The Catherine McAuley Honors Program
  • AP Courses
  • Writing Workshop
  • 4-Year Seminar Program Focused on College and Career Planning
  • National Honor Society
  • The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Performing Arts Center
  • 4-Year Art Program
  • National Art Honor Society
  • 4-Year Fine Arts Programs (visual and performing)
  • Dance Program
  • Choral Arts Program
  • Instrumental Music Program
  • Leadership Development Programs (on and off-campus)
  • Community Service Program
  • Spiritual Growth Program
  • Part of the Network for Mercy Education (198 secondary schools worldwide)
  • 26-Acre Wooded Campus
  • Home Athletic Fields
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Mercy High School cost?
Mercy High School's tuition is approximately $17,320 for private students.
What is the acceptance rate of Mercy High School?
The acceptance rate of Mercy High School is 70%, which is lower than the national average of 82%. Mercy High School's acceptance rate is ranked among the top private schools in Maryland with low acceptance rates.
What sports does Mercy High School offer?
Mercy High School offers 13 interscholastic sports: Basketball, Cheering, Cross Country, Field Hockey, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball and Winter Track. Mercy High School is ranked as one of the top 20% of private schools in Maryland for most sports offered.
What is Mercy High School's ranking?
Mercy High School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Maryland for: Lowest average acceptance rates, Largest student body, Most sports offered and Most extracurriculars offered.
When is the application deadline for Mercy High School?
The application deadline for Mercy High School is Dec. 15.
In what neighborhood is Mercy High School located?
Mercy High School is located in the Idlewood neighborhood of Baltimore, MD.

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Quick Stats (2024)

  • Top Ranked MD School
  • Grades: 9-12
  • Enrollment: 444 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $17,320
  • Acceptance rate: 70%
  • Average class size: 22 students
  • Application Deadline: Dec. 15
  • Source: Verified school update

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The average private school tuition in Baltimore, MD is $11,597 for elementary schools and $16,904 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Baltimore, MD is 76% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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