Mercyhurst Preparatory School

Mercyhurst Preparatory School Photo #1 - 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.
Mercyhurst Preparatory School Photo #2 - 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.
Mercyhurst Preparatory School Photo #3 - 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.
Mercyhurst Preparatory School Photo #4 - 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.
Mercyhurst Preparatory School Photo #5 - 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.
Mercyhurst Preparatory School Photo #6 - 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.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Catholic Education Association
International Baccalaureate (IB) World School
Religious AffiliationRoman Catholic
Grades OfferedGrades 9-12
Year Founded1926
Summer School OfferedYes
Summer Program DetailsLink to Summer Program Details
Awards Blue Ribbon School - Selected in 1993, 1998

Student Body

Total Students544 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 23%
Students by Grade Mercyhurst Preparatory School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers48 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio11:1
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size23 students
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeCasual
(Grey skirt/slacks and white polo shirt)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNov. 9 / Jan. 4 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$9,600
Tuition NotesThis is tuition for the 2018-2019 school year. We have a technology fee of $250, iPad insurance is $75 and a fundraiser of $300.
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorMarcia DiTullio
Admissions AssociateMichelle Intrieri


Total Sports Offered13 sports
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Bowling, Cheering, Crew, Football, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, VolleyballBaseballBasketball,
TennisTrack and Field,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.34 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Baking Club, Calamari's Thanksgiving Dinner for the Homeless, Chrysalis, Critical Concerns, DIY Club, Fashion Club, Feed the Hungry, Fitness Center, French Club, Junior Achievement, Math Club, Mercy Service Project, Minecraft, Model United Nations, National Art Honor Society, National Honor Society, Reading Club, Robotics and Technology Club, Serteens, Ski Club, Spanich Club, Speech and Debate, Spirit Club, Student Council/Student Government, The Joseph of Arimathea Society, The Ophelia Club, Travel Club, Ultimate Frisbee Club, Women in Motion

Arts and Music Programs:
Concert Choir, Dance Company, International Thespian Society, Orchestra Ensemble, Show Choir

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.


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.

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