Fast Facts

Year Founded: 1904

Founded by: Sisters of Mercy

History: Mount Mercy Academy proudly celebrates the achievements and contributions of more than 12,000 graduates, as it continues its educational mission to the community.

Accreditations & Memberships: Accredited by the Middle States Association of Schools and Colleges; Member MESA -Mercy Education of the Americas; Member NCEA- National Catholic Education Association; Member CSAANYS - The Catholic School Administrators Association of New York State

Location: Nestled in a residential area of South Buffalo, Mount Mercy Academy is attached to Mercy Center, the home of the Sisters of Mercy in Buffalo and directly next to Mercy Hospital, part of the Catholic Health System.


Student to teacher ratio: 11:1


College Acceptance: 100% of Mount Mercy's most recent graduates are accepted into college

Class of 2022 earned over $8 million in scholarships and merit-based grants.

This is approximately $368,000 per student

Every student completes at least 100 hours of community service in their 4 years.

87% of students were enrolled in at least 1 college-level course in the 2021-2022 school year.


AP Scholars: 6 students have been named AP Scholars, 5 students are AP Scholars with Honor, and 6 students are AP Scholars with distinction as designated by the College Board.


AP Courses: Mount Mercy currently offers 10 Advanced Placement courses and has dual enrollment courses offered through: Trocaire College, Hilbert College, SUNY Erie and SUNY Buffalo State. 


Athletics/ Activities: Over 85% of students participate in after school athletics or activities. Mount Mercy Academy is a member of the Monsignor Martin League; 13 Varsity sports and over 35 clubs and extracurricular activities are offered. 


Tuition Assistance: 76% of our student families receive some sort of financial aid.


Admission: Admission to Mount Mercy Academy is open to young women who are seeking a challenging college preparatory program. Students must also achieve a satisfactory score on the school's entrance exam, which is usually taken in November of their 8th grade year but can be taken at any point in time after the initial exam is administered.


Diversity Policy: Mount Mercy Academy admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship programs or athletic and other school-administered programs and activities.

Students: The student body consists of students from Erie, Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties.


School Year: The academic year includes two semesters. Each semester is divided into two quarters. School begins the first week of September and concludes in June. (See School Calendar for exact dates.)



"Mount Mercy has positively changed my life forever. Through the inviting community, I was able to grow as a woman, as a daughter, as a friend, and as a member of society. Throughout my time here I have gained an education in both academic areas and life in general through the school's ongoing efforts to educate students on gender inequality, racial injustice, and environmental crisis'. Furthermore, Mercy has given me the space to gain confidence that 4 years ago I never would have guessed I would have. Mount Mercy has helped me take that initial step toward becoming the strong woman of color I am today. At Mercy you are more than just a student, you are whoever you wish to be."

Melina Courtney

Class of 2022

"My future, success, and the ability to be an empowered woman in society come from Mount Mercy. My school is a strong foundation for my role in life. From attending Mount Mercy, I can say with confidence, that I will graduate with the mindset that I can accomplish anything. Mercy is my home and my sanctuary to be whoever I want. Mount Mercy has been bringing forth generations of strong intellectual women into the world, and I am more than honored to be one of them. Mercy teaches girls more than academics, but also about the world around us. As a mercy community, we give back to the world because it is our home. From my four years at Mercy, I have been educated on pushing for equality and peace and the understanding that there is no limit to what I can do. I have the confidence to go out in the world and make a difference because being a Mercy girl has given me that opportunity. "

Cassidy Reid

Class of 2022

"Mercy is more than just a school. Mercy is my second home and a shoulder to lean on. Mount Mercy has given me the confidence and resources to pursue my passions and make the world a more inclusive place, propelling me to take strides into male-dominated fields. Mercy blessed me with an environment to grow intellectually and in the community, giving me the foundation to make a tangible impact while making lifelong friendships."

Adrianna Awald

Class of 2022

College Acceptances

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