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Mercy High School is an independent, Catholic, college preparatory school sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy. We educate bright and creative girls in grades 9 through 12 and instill a commitment to excellence, hospitality, service, justice, and compassion. Founded in 1960, Mercy is proud to carry forward the extraordinary legacy of Mercy education, which began in Baltimore in 1867. 

A Mercy education is distinguished by rigorous academics, enabling students to form habits of lifelong inquiry, critical thinking, and courageous action in a global society. More than 8,000 Mercy graduates bring their Mercy values into the world, in Baltimore, and beyond. Mercy stands as the only Catholic girls' school in Baltimore authorized as an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School, offering the Middle Years Programme.

"It is a special favor of God to be made a teacher" 
– Catherine McAuley, founder of the Sisters of Mercy

The school is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and the Association of Independent Maryland and DC Schools. It holds membership in the Mercy Secondary Education Association, the Association of Independent Maryland and DC Schools, and the National Catholic Educational Association. Mercy has been named an Exemplary Private School by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for American Private Education.

Mercy Connections

Mercy-sponsored educational institutions enjoy a collective commitment to the future of Catholic education in the tradition of Mercy.

Begun in September 1999, the Network for Mercy Education is a network of Mercy high schools “characterized by partnership among lay and religious colleagues, a faith-filled environment, cultural and economic diversity, and the pursuit of academic excellence.” (from Vision Statement, Sponsorship Study, 1999)

There are over 40 Mercy secondary schools in the United States, Central and South America, and 198 Mercy secondary schools worldwide. There are Mercy secondary schools in Ireland, England, Australia, New Zealand, Africa, Ireland, England and the Philippines.

See some of the locations of other Mercy schools in the United States.