Mercy is a Welcoming Community!
“Coming into Mercy, I felt immediately welcomed and at home.” - Mercy Student
Whether a Mercy freshwoman comes from a large middle school or a small elementary school, entering high school is a big change! It can seem even more challenging for a new student transferring to Mercy as a sophomore or junior. In order to ease these transitions and make new students as comfortable as possible, Mercy offers a variety of programs.
It all starts with Orientation. Freshwomen start their high school career with a special day when they have the entire school to themselves! They are welcomed by upperclasswomen who provide an introduction to Mercy and all the information a new student needs to know about her locker, classrooms, and finding her way around a new school. During September, freshwomen enjoy an afternoon welcome event with the boys from their brother school, Xavier High School.
Each Mercy freshwoman has a Big Sister from the Junior Class. The Big Sister not only looks out for the freshwoman during her first two years at Mercy, but has the honor of presenting her with her Mercy pin during the Freshwoman Pin Ceremony early in the school year.
Students who transfer to Mercy from another high school enjoy their own special Orientation, where they meet each other and become better acquainted with daily activities at Mercy. Each student who transfers to Mercy is contacted by a current Mercy student who can respond to any of her questions, offer advice and guide her through her first few weeks at school.
Each student at Mercy has her own special “family” – otherwise known as her Advisor Group - her home away from home during her four years at Mercy. Students from all four class years belong to an Advisor Group, with an adult who helps and watches out for all of them! Advisor Groups meet first thing each morning to ensure everyone’s day gets off to the right start and to take care of business. Advisor Groups enjoy social activities, raising money during walkathon and competing with each other during the magazine drive, among other events during the school year. After spending four years together, many Mercy students enjoy life-long friendships with their Big Sisters, Advisors and members of their Advisor Groups!