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Academics

Mercy's academics are rigorous, innovative and focused on the critical thinking, writing, research, and communication skills that students will need to lead in college, in the workplace, and in the world. At Mercy, students practice skills that help them learn and investigate concepts that help them engage with complex global challenges. Using an inquiry-based approach to teaching and learning, Mercy’s courses foster creative thinking and reflection to empower graduates for a lifetime of learning.

International Baccalaureate

Mercy High School is a candidate school* for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme and is pursuing authorization as an IB World School.

IB World Schools share a common philosophy—a commitment to improve the teaching and learning of a diverse and inclusive community of students by delivering challenging, high quality programs of international education that share a powerful vision.

According to its Mission Statement, the International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programs of international education and rigorous assessment. These programs encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.

*Only schools authorized by the International Baccalaureate can offer any of its four academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme, or the IB Career-related Certificate (IBCC). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted. For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit www.ibo.org.


Our Academic Program

The academic program at Mercy High School is an opportunity for students to experience success in college preparatory classes. Mercy offers a supportive learning environment which fosters creativity, thoughtfulness, and an awareness of an individual's responsibility to the greater community. Members of the faculty serve each student by being attentive to her academic needs and by guiding her through the challenges of all four years of high school.


The Catherine McCauley Honors Program

The academic program at Mercy High School is an opportunity for students to experience success in college preparatory classes. Mercy offers a supportive learning environment which fosters creativity, thoughtfulness, and an awareness of an individual's responsibility to the greater community. Members of the faculty serve each student by being attentive to her academic needs and by guiding her through the challenges of all four years of high school.

Program Requirements

  • Achieve an overall average of "B" or better in final grades each year
  • Participate in one co-curriculuar or extra-curricular activity each year
  • Enroll in seven courses in their junior year
  • Complete and present a research project in senior year

Advanced Placement

Advanced Placement is offered in the following courses: Language and Composition, Literature and Composition, Calculus, Advanced Calculus, U. S. History and Introduction to Psychology.

Advanced Placement (AP) offers the highly motivated student the opportunity to take college level courses that will prepare her for the rigors of the Advanced Placement Examinations. Students may earn college credit in this way. Although the best preparation for an AP examination is the AP course, AP courses are not a requirement for sitting for the AP exams. AP exams have been taken, for example, in U.S. Government, French and Spanish.


Students Resources

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  • Religion
  • English I or Honors English I
  • Algebra or Honors Algebra I
  • World Cultures or Honors World Cultures
  • Biology or Honors Biology
  • French or Spanish
  • Topics in Technology
  • Music for Worship
  • Physical Education I


    • Religion
    • English II or Honors English II
    • Geometry or Honors Geometry
    • Physical Science or Honors Chemistry
    • American Government or Honors American Government
    • U.S. History to WWI or Honors/AP U.S. History to WWI
    • French or Spanish
    • Introduction to Art
    • Physical Education II
    • Religion
    • English III or Ap language and Composition
    • Algebra II or Honors Algebra II
    • 20th Century U.S. History or Honors/AP 20th Century U.S. History
    • Elective #1
    • Elective #2
    • Religion
    • English IV or AP Literature and Composition
    • Math
    • Elective #1
    • Elective #2
    • Elective #3
    • Calculus AB (Honors) (AP)
    • Calculus BC (Honors) (AP)**
    • Financial Literacy**
    • Finite Mathematics**
    • Introduction to Engineering
    • Mathematical Concepts and Applications**
    • Pre-Calculus (Honors)
    • Statistics (Honors)
    • Trigonometry & Advanced Topics
    • Introduction to Bioethics
    • Life Choices for Christian Women
    • French III, IV , V
    • Spanish III, IV, V
    • Latin I (online)
    • Latin II (online)
    • AP Biology (Honors)
    • Biology II (Honors)
    • Chemistry
    • Chemistry (Honors)
    • Exploring the Environment
    • Physics (Honors)
    • Future Studies (Honors)
    • History vs. Hollywood**
    • Introduction to Economics (online)**
    • Introduction to Psychology (Honors) (AP)
    • Introduction to Sociology**
    • Global Issues I
    • Global Issues II
    • The Mentor Program
    • Politics of Poverty**
    • Art I
    • Art II
    • Art II Studio
    • Ceramics
    • Digital Photography
    • American Dance Through the Decades**
    • Introduction to Theater**
    • Women in Film**
    • Women in Theater**
    • Yearbook I**
    • Yearbook II**
    • Business Technology
    • Computer Graphics & Design (can be applied to Fine Arts graduation requirement)**
    • Introduction to Programming
    • Web Site Design & Development (can be applied to Fine Arts graduation requirement)**
    • Programming for the iPad
    • Digital Publication Journalism I
    • Digital Publication: Imaginative Writing I
    • Women & Health**
    • Women & Health: Special Topics**

    Courses offered through Anne Arundel Community College for college credit: 

    • Introduction to Psychology (additional fee required)
    • Abnormal Psychology (additional fee required)


    ** Course may not be offered each year