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Welcome to Mercy!

Congratulations on reaching the beginning of your high school career! We know that young women like you are looking for exceptional academics in a nurturing, close-knit environment. We are confident you’ll find those things here at Mercy.

If you want a school that will challenge you academically, nurture you spiritually, deepen your appreciation of the arts (whether participating or observing), give you a thorough background in mathematics and science, and provide you with a variety of challenging and fun activities—from athletics to student government and beyond—then Mercy is the place for you.

"A good beginning is of great importance."
– Catherine McAuley

Mercy Girls come from diverse backgrounds. Walking the halls of Mercy High School, they quickly become a community of “Mercy sisters” and are connected for a lifetime. Students find their voices and discover their unique gifts. Mercy Girls blossom as student leaders, enjoy extracurricular opportunities incorporating teamwork, loyalty, dedication, and leadership, and leave high school as faith-filled, intelligent, well-spoken young women who are ready to attend the colleges of their dreams and, ultimately, bring their own unique voices to the global community.

Are you ready for an adventure? Welcome to your Mercy journey.

Why Mercy?

Choosing a high school can be a difficult and exciting decision for a student and her family. We believe that a Mercy education prepares young women to lead lives of confidence, leadership, and compassion. Ask any alumna - Mercy Girls are sisters for life, and they credit their multitude of successes to their years at Mercy.

So, why should you become a Mercy Girl?

A Message from the Director of Enrollment Management


Please take a moment to take a deep breath and congratulate yourself on taking the first step of your high school career! The process of applying to high school can be both overwhelming and exciting; which is exactly why we—your Admissions Team—are here to help you through, step by step, and ensure that you have a positive experience from the first click on our website all the way up to your first day as a Mercy Girl.

Our website is set up to be as user-friendly as possible and many of the questions you may have can be answered there.

If at any point in the process, you have a question, a concern, or would like some personalized assistance, please do not hesitate to contact our Admissions Office and our team would be more than happy to help you in any way we can. You may reach us by phone at 410.433.8880 or by email at

Here’s to a Magic year ahead!


Bonnie Bevans Kottraba ’98
Director of Enrollment Management 

Mercy’s small community and focus on each student’s individual goals and gifts mean that every student is given plenty of personal attention and guidance throughout her years here. We are so dedicated to each individual’s success that we have implemented a unique Adviser Program, which pairs a student with a faculty member for all four years of their high school career. Advisers meet with their students every day, gets to know the students and their families, sees all report cards, comes to know a student’s strengths and can advise her on what she needs to improve.

Mercy students learn to think globally. From mastering a second language to studying the causes of international conflict, Mercy students see themselves as global citizens. After all, the world is bigger than Baltimore! To be effective in our dynamic society, you’ll need an international perspective, intercultural and language skills, and values that promote positive relationships across cultures. Mercy will give you the tools you need to excel—wherever your future takes you

Our rigorous, college-preparatory curriculum prepares students to write and communicate ideas confidently, think critically about global issues, and give the gift of their strong leadership to the world.

Mercy’s four-year Seminar Program ensures that college is in focus from freshman year on. It includes a focus on college and career planning that is sensitive to the particular gifts and needs of each student. With a detailed roadmap from our Student Services Team, students and their parents navigate the college selection process—learning how to choose a college, how to think about future majors and careers, and how to access scholarships and financial aid. Mercy also offers students the chance to earn college credit through AP courses and through dual credit classes with Anne Arundel Community College and Notre Dame of Maryland University.

Through our STEM programs, arts programs, the Law and Social Action Program, the Catherine McAuley Honors Program, athletic opportunities, and many clubs and extracurricular activities, there is something at Mercy for every student.

Mercy is the presence of Catherine McAuley in the world. The founder of the Sisters of Mercy, Catherine was a strong female leader who was devoted to the Catholic values of education, concern for the poor, compassion for the world, and service to community. Our devotion to God ensures that students leave Mercy ready to make a positive contribution to the world and live out Catherine’s legacy for others.

Mercy High School Baltimore admits students of any race, color, national/ethnic origin, or sexual orientation to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at Mercy. Mercy High School Baltimore does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, or sexual orientation in the administration of its education policies, admission policies, scholarship and grant programs, athletic, or other school-administered programs.