International Baccalaureate

The only all-girls Catholic school in Baltimore to offer the prestigious International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme!

IB World Schools share a common philosophy—
a commitment to high-quality, challenging, international education—
that we believe is important for our Mercy Girls.

An IB Education

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  • Focuses on learners. 

    The IB’s student-centered programs promote healthy relationships, ethical responsibility, and personal challenge.
  • Develops effective approaches to teaching and learning. 

    IB programs help students to develop the attitudes and skills they need for both academic and personal success.
  • Works within global contexts.

    IB programs increase understanding of languages and cultures and explore globally significant ideas and issues.
  • Explores significant content.

    IB programs offer a curriculum that is broad and balanced, conceptual and connected.

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  • Middle Years Programme

    In 2019, Mercy became the only all-girls Catholic school in Baltimore authorized to offer the IB Middle Years Programme (MYP), which aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable, caring young people through engaging coursework and a culminating sophomore research project. The MYP is the academic program undertaken by every 9th and 10th grade Mercy student.
    Explore MYP
  • Diploma Programme

    Mercy is a Candidate School* for the Diploma Programme (DP) extending our commitment to providing a high quality, challenging, international education to 11th and 12th graders. Six subject groups, a high-level seminar on the nature of knowledge, a special project involving creativity, activity, and/or service, and a culminating essay comprise the Diploma Programme. The Class of 2027 will be the first to take DP courses as juniors.
    Explore DP

What Are The Advantages Of An IB Education?

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  • IB World Schools (the only schools authorized to offer IB programs) are subject to a strict accreditation process

    monitored by the IB, ensuring that schools provide a high-quality education.
  • IB teaching methods and curriculums are research-based

     and draw from the best educational practices from systems around the world. 
  • IB teachers are required to participate in many professional development opportunities

    to continually promote their awareness of current educational practices and new thinking. 
  • IB programs are recognized internationally.

    Universities and future employers recognize the depth and breadth of the rigorous work undertaken by IB students.
*Only schools authorized by the IB Organization can offer any of its four academic programs: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme (DP), or the Career-related Programme (CP). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted. For further information about the IB and its programs visit
Mercy High School Baltimore is a sponsored ministry of the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas and is a member of Mercy Education.

Mercy High School proudly partners with eCampus for textbooks and other materials for our Mercy Girls.

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