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Mount Mercy Academy Preparing for Middle States Accreditation

by cnewman

Mount Mercy Academy will be hosting a Middle States Accreditation visit in late February of 2012. The Commission on Secondary School Association or "Middle States" will visit Mercy as it has over the years to affirm the school's accreditation. Every seven years, MMA looks to the future and formulates goals and action plans that school stakeholders feel will move the school towards further growth.

For this seven year evaluation cycle, MMA has selected four goals to concentrate on to help grow the school. Each year the school must compile data and report to the CSSA about the growth during the year.

The first goal focuses on improvements in Regents test scores, increasing Advanced Placement scores and increasing the number of Advanced Designation diplomas given in June. Second, the school hopes to grow its Leadership Academy program. This program allows Mercy students to complete leadership modules during their four years of high school and complete a leadership portfolio. Third, the school hopes to increase SAT/ACT preparation for all grade levels of students to promote better overall test scores. Finally, the school is working towards developing more community outreach, either through a partnership with Catholic Health Systems and the Family Justice Center as well as developing internships and articulation agreements.

The process is being overseen by Internal Coordinators Catherine Luhr and Candace Wagner and involves input from students, parents, teachers and community members.

"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

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