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.
"Between Mercy summer soccer camp, her tech elective on campus, summer reading and some group chat going with about 40 incoming freshwomen, my daughter feels like school has already started and she says that everyone is so nice!"
- Parent of Incoming Freshwoman, Class of 2021
Following acceptance in December of their eighth grade school year, students and their families are welcomed at the Accepted Students & Families Meeting in January. Incoming freshwomen are encouraged to attend the Freshwoman Welcome Picnic in the spring, the Fall Sports Information Night for New Students, and to participate in summer courses online and on campus, as well as fine arts and athletic summer programs. Mercy Prep Days and Summer Socials are additional opportunities for students and families to connect before school begins. Student Mercy Ambassadors are available throughout the Admissions process and transition to high school to answer questions and provide support.
Freshwomen Orientation is a special day where students 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 Welcome Social and Orientation Session, 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. An Advisor Group is comprised of approximately twelve freshwomen, sophomores, juniors and seniors plus an adult who helps and watches out for all of them! Advisor Groups meet every day to ensure everyone’s day gets off to the right start and to take care of business. After spending four years together, many Mercy students enjoy life-long friendships with their Big Sisters, Advisors and members of their Advisor Groups!