New Student FAQs - Mercy High School

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New Student FAQs

Have questions as a new Mercy Girl? We have answers!

We are so happy to have you as part of our Class of 2026!

To register, simply log in to your account (the same place and account you created when filling out your application) and start filling out the required registration forms. You will also need to create an account with our tuition management system FACTS and pay your registration fee and deposit.

Please call Ms. Diana Rego, Director of Finance and Operations, at 410-433-8880, ext. 232.

The Mercy uniform is a white button-down shirt, plaid kilt and a red blazer for formal occasions. Students may choose from a variety of uniform sweaters during colder weather, and may wear knee- or ankle-length socks in white or black, or opaque black tights. Shoes are an all-black buck.

Uniforms are available at FlynnO’Hara in Parkville, and shoes may be purchased at many locations, though we recommend Van Dyke and Bacon on Northern Parkway, just down the road from Mercy.

Summer reading and other assignments will be shared in June. 

Each student in the Class of 2026 will use a Windows laptop. We recommend a Lenovo device, the Thinkpad E14. Freshmen may also choose to bring any other Windows laptop that meets the following specifications:

Windows Device Minimum Specifications 

Operating System: Windows 10

Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster

Memory: 8 GB or greater

Storage: 256 GB or greater, SSD is preferred

Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Cloud, Webroot antivirus, and Intune management software are included in tuition/fees and will be installed on student devices at freshman orientation.

Mercy partners with eCampus, an online store for textbooks. You will receive information on which books to buy for your classes in the late spring or early summer, along with instructions on how to access eCampus.

Mercy freshmen will be required to bring a Windows laptop to school every day to use in their classes. We recommend a powerful Lenovo device, the Thinkpad E14. Freshmen may also choose to bring any other Windows laptop that meets the following specifications:

Windows Device Minimum Specifications 

Operating System: Windows 10

Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster

Memory: 8 GB or greater

Storage: 256 GB or greater, SSD is preferred

Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Cloud, Webroot antivirus, and Intune management software are included in tuition/fees and will be installed on student devices at freshman orientation.

Tryouts are held every season, and information about time and schedule will be announced at a later date. For any questions please reach out to our Athletic Director Nick Gill.

There will be a physical mailing towards the end of June with your course schedule, placement test results, and information about Freshman Orientation. Please keep an eye on your mailbox!  

Freshmen generally have the following course list:

Biology
Religious Studies
Mathematics (either Algebra I, Geometry, or Algebra II, determined by a placement test)
French or Spanish I (placement test optional for those who wish to start in French or Spanish II)
Language & Literature
United States History
Design: Technology (1/2 credit)
Fine Arts (1/2 credit) 
Free Period
Your individual course list may vary, depending on your acceptance into special programs. Students in the Catherine McAuley Honors Program will take honors sections of United States History, Biology, and Language & Literature. Students in Project Lead the Way Biomedical Science will take an additional science course and students in the Visual Art program will take a specialized art course, which may alter your freshman courses. 

You will receive a finalized course list in June 2022.

We would love to have you back at Mercy for a visit! Please contact the Admissions Office at 410-433-880 ext. 214 or email our Admissions Team to set up a day.

Some students will need to take enrichment courses in either language arts, mathematics, or both before starting school in the fall - your acceptance letter will have the details if necessary. If you are not required to take summer courses, but would like to anyway, please contact the Admissions Office.

Sure! Please fill out this form. We will get back to you with a list of current Mercy families in your area so you may set up a carpool. 

The Mercy Spirit Store is open Monday - Friday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and Wednesday from 2:15 to 3:15 p.m.  Our store is run by volunteers, so please call our reception desk to ensure the store is open before arriving.

The acceptance of an invitation into the Catherine McAuley Honors Program demonstrates a student’s desire for rigorous academic challenge and the confidence to achieve as a thinker and a scholar. McAuley Scholars achieve mastery beyond essentials in a learning environment that will excite them.

In freshman year, McAuley Scholars take the honors sections of the regular curriculum with their math courses determined by placement testing. At the end of freshman year, they are given the opportunity to choose honors study in at least two disciplines to be continued over the next three years.

CURRICULUM
  • 9th Grade: take required honors sections of World Cultures, Biology, and English (mathematics and world language based on placement testing and/or prior coursework)
  • 10th Grade: continue honors coursework in at least two academic disciplines
  • 11th Grade: enroll in seven courses and continue honors coursework in at least two disciplines 
  • 12th Grade: complete and present a research project
  • Participate in one co-curriculuar or extracurricular activity each year.