In faithfulness to our mission, Gwynedd-Mercy Academy nurtures the whole child through a well-rounded, culturally enriched academic program that enables students to actualize their potential, and prepares them to assume roles of leadership and influence, marked by Mercy values. A broad spectrum of in-school and extracurricular activities built on Mercy, rooted in Gospel values, and committed to excellence, supports our mission and is offered to students in kindergarten through grade eight.
Service activities, built upon a long-standing Mercy tradition, play an integral role in supporting students as they learn the meaning of Mercy by reaching out to those in need. These activities span every grade level and draw together the entire school community to foster a sense of responsibility for those less fortunate. This is best exemplified through Mercy Connections, an ongoing outreach program in which each grade level is paired with a Mercy-sponsored ministry. Traditional outreach programs such as Pennies for Peru, the Thanksgiving Food Drive and Christmas collections are sponsored annually. In addition, as a faith community, we continually respond to current needs that affect our world.
Rooted in Gospel values, Gwynedd-Mercy Academy provides activities that promote respectful and accepting relationships, both within and beyond the school community. Our Community of Caring Program, based on the Olweus Anti-Bullying Program, fosters appreciation for one another and reinforces pro-social skills. Our weekly Community Gathering promotes a spirit of prayer and offers the opportunity to acknowledge special accomplishments of our students.
Activities fostering leadership are developed through both the Student Council and the National Junior Honor Society. The Student Council sponsors a variety of events which build school spirit and support our outreach programs. The National Junior Honor Society furthers the ideals of scholarship, leadership, and service. Through the Study Buddy Program, members of the National Junior Honor Society are available to assist students with their studies. The Advisory Program, for sixth to eighth grades, addresses the unique educational needs of the emerging adolescent as teachers mentor students in a small group setting. Students in seventh and eighth grades serve as tour guides for Open Houses events. The Big Brother/Big Sister program provides an opportunity for older students to partner with younger students, facilitating a strong community atmosphere.
Activities at Gwynedd-Mercy Academy also serve to enhance our commitment to excellence. Participation in various academic activities serves to highlight and extend the solid academic offerings that are given. Science fairs, National History Day, and the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth promote academic involvement within and beyond the school. GMA also sponsors Mathletes and Reading Olympics teams.
Music, dance, creative movement, art, and speech/communications classes are part of the total curriculum, and private piano, instrumental music, dance and voice lessons are also available. Skills acquired through these sessions are showcased at both winter and spring recitals. Throughout the school year, all grades are given the opportunity to participate in at least one major performance including Kindergarten Graduation, the First Grade Christmas Pageant, the Fine Arts Program for second, third, and fourth grades and the annual theater-quality show for grades five through eight.
As a member of the Catholic Academy League, Gwynedd-Mercy Academy offers a wide array of after-school sports programs for students interested in extra-curricular athletics. In fourth grade, students may participate in instructional football, soccer, field hockey, basketball, lacrosse and baseball. From fifth through eighth grades, junior varsity and varsity sports include soccer, football, field hockey, basketball, cheerleading, lacrosse, baseball and softball. The GMA athletic program gives students a chance to learn to work as part of a team, encourages physical well-being and develops the value of good sportsmanship.