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Mount Mercy Academy is Continuing to Accept Students

by Pat Burns

Mount Mercy Academy Is Continuing to Accept Students


Although the weather outside is cold, things are heating up in the Mount Mercy Academy Admissions department.  Admissions Director Tina Webster is busy welcoming and registering the academy’s Class of 2026 and finalizing the Winter Week of Magic that will occur during the week of February Break. Despite the fact that acceptance for the fall’s incoming freshman class has begun, Webster is still welcoming interested students and parents to tour the school and meet the faculty and staff.  There are also still opportunities to take the Admission Exam. In addition, prospective students, as well as transfer students, are encouraged to spend a day at Mount Mercy with a current student, experiencing the excitement of being a Mercy Girl!


One of the many factors that sets Mount Mercy apart from other schools is its strong academic reputation.  Although Mount Mercy's excellent performances on the NYS Regents Exams enabled the school to be recognized as the fifth-rated school in Western New York, including a first place ranking in social studies and a third-place ranking in English, the school has dropped Regents Exams and begun the process of becoming a school that has a Project-Based Learning (PBL) curriculum.  The changeover, expected to be a three-to- five-year process, began with the start of the 2021-22 school year.


Mrs. Michele Melligan, Mount Mercy's Head of School, has been the catalyst for the school's change in its curriculum.  Melligan believes it was the right time for the change.  "The COVID-19 pandemic was the driving force behind the timing.  NYS has not mandated the Regents exams since the start of the pandemic," Melligan stated.  "Covid has provided an opportune time to allow students to thrive in a new and innovative approach to learning."


Project-Based Learning involves critical thinking that involves a more in-depth analysis of information and learning through questioning and problem-solving for solutions to that question.  Students learn from trial and error, they learn to manage their work more efficiently, to have the opportunity to explore areas of interest and to develop a new appreciation for learning.  Perhaps the ultimate benefit of PBL is the chance to apply information gleaned in the classroom to real-life situations and to experience deeper connections to the material they studied. "I believe that this real-world/hands-on approach will allow students to strengthen their skill sets and further prepare them for their lives beyond the classroom," Melligan commented.


Come and see Mount Mercy's exciting curriculum in action! For more information on school visits, tours and the admissions exam, please visit our website at www.mtmercy.org or contact Tina Webster at twebster@mtmercy.org

"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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