FAQs

You've got questions, and we've got answers! The Mercy Admissions Team is committed to making the high school application as easy and stress-free as possible, so please don't hesitate to reach out to us if your question is not answered below. 

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Where is your school located?

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Mercy is located at 1300 E. Northern Parkway, between Loch Raven Boulevard and The Alameda.

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What is the tuition?

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Tuition and fees for the 2016-17 academic year are $14,275.

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Is there tuition assistance? Financial aid? Scholarships?

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Yes. Scholarships are based solely on merit, and do not have a separate application. We will choose scholarship candidates based on their HSPT scores, grades, and other activities and invite them in for an additional interview in January 2017. Scholarship candidates will be notified of grants and awards in their acceptance packages.

Financial aid may be applied for online. Financial aid awards are based on calculation of a family’s need. We do our best to meet the needs of all of our families with the limited resources we have. However, we expect that education will be a high priority in a family’s budget. Please apply for financial aid by January 6, 2017.

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How many students attend Mercy?

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Our enrollment for this year is 300 students total.

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What is the average class size?

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The average class size is 22-25 students.

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What is the school schedule? How early can students arrive in the morning and how late can they stay in the afternoon?

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The school day is from 8:00 a.m. to 3:05 p.m. From 2:20 p.m. to 3:05 p.m. on most school days, there is a resource period for students during which some clubs and activities meet and teachers are available for additional help.

Students attend four 75-minute-long classes per day. Classes meet every other day (for example, if a student’s mathematics class meets on Monday, the next time she will have mathematics will be on Wednesday).

Students may arrive at Mercy as early as 7:15 a.m. and stay as late as 5 p.m. If they need to stay later, a note must be on file with the Dean of Students.

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What extracurricular activities are available?

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There are many activities available at Mercy, and if we don’t have what you are looking for, we encourage you to start it! Just a few activities we offer include The Shield (student newspaper) and The Lance (literary magazine), computer club, cooking club, The Garnet (yearbook), creative writing, drama club, SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions), Model Organization of American States (similar to Model United Nations), Student Council and Student Government, Dance Troupe, Pep Squad, vocal arts, and many more.

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What is required for admission to Mercy? What does the Admissions Office consider when evaluating applications?

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Mercy’s application for admission can be found online at https://mercyhighschool.schooladminonline.com/portal.

The High School Placement Test (HSPT), offered each December by the Archdiocese of Baltimore, is required for admission to Mercy. You can register to take the test on either December 3, 2016 (at Mercy) or on December 10, 2016 (at another area Catholic high school) by visiting https://stsusers.com/stsusers/registration/static/baltimore.php. We also consider grades and standardized tests from 6th, 7th, and 8th grades, as well as teacher recommendations.

A visit to Mercy (which includes a brief interview) is strongly encouraged for all applicants. The Admissions Office considers all materials submitted when evaluating a candidate. Potential students must show a solid academic background, interest in Mercy’s programs, and enthusiasm for joining the Mercy community.

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What is the Mercy uniform? Where can uniforms be purchased?

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The Mercy uniform is a white button-down shirt, plaid kilt, and a red blazer for formal occasions. Students may choose from a variety of uniform sweaters during colder weather, and may wear knee- or ankle-length socks in white or black, or opaque black tights or leggings. Shoes are an all-black buck oxford.

Uniforms are available at Flynn and O’Hara in Towson, and shoes may be purchased at many locations, though we recommend Van Dyke and Bacon on Northern Parkway, just down the road from Mercy.

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What percentage of your graduates go on to college?

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100% of Mercy's graduates are accepted into college. The Class of 2014 received over $7 million in merit-based scholarship awards.

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What sports are available?

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Fall: Cross Country, Field Hockey, Soccer, Volleyball (Tryouts for fall sports will be held the summer prior to the school year)
Winter: Basketball, Cheerleading, Indoor Track
Spring: Lacrosse, Outdoor Track, Softball, Golf

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Are there Advanced Placement (AP) and college credit opportunities available?

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Yes! AP courses available include Biology, Statistics, Calculus AB/BC, U.S. History, English Literature and Composition, Psychology, French or Spanish, Music Theory, Advanced Computer Topics, and Studio Art. There are opportunities for upperclassmen to earn dual credit for high school and college through online classes via Anne Arundel County Community College.

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Are there STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) programs available?

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Yes! All students will receive a thorough background in science and mathematics thanks to our state-of-the-art labs and rigorous curriculum. Students with special interests in science and/or medical fields may be interested in applying for our Women in Medicine, Women in Technology, or Project Lead the Way Biomedical Sciences programs, which offer students in-depth experiences in medicine, information technology, and biomedical science. All of these programs require an additional application.

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Can my daughter attend Mercy if we are not Catholic? What is Mercy’s religious education program like?

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Absolutely! Mercy welcomes students of all backgrounds and traditions. Our mission reflects the values of the Sisters of Mercy and the teachings of the Catholic Church. Our religious education curriculum is a four-year requirement for all students that covers Church history, ethics, and social and moral responsibility, and encourages each student to grow in her relationship with God.