In response to the needs of the whole child and as a component of its child-centered mission, Gwynedd-Mercy Academy provides a wealth of student services.
A full-time School Counselor is a member of the GMA faculty working with individual students, conducting grade-level workshops and acting as a resource for parents.
Utilizing specialists from the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit, assistance is available to students in the areas reading and math remediation, and speech and language. These services are provided on an ongoing basis throughout the year by a certified counselor and certified teachers and take place in a suite of private offices within the Gwynedd-Mercy Academy school building.
In order to promote an optimal level of wellness, a nurse is on staff at all times during the school day. The nursing staff is able to dispense required medications, perform first aid and health screenings, and deal with student illness. The nursing staff at GMA works closely with the Wissahickon School District Nursing Coordinator to ensure that all guidelines regarding youth health issues are implemented.
A fully-staffed cafeteria and food service is available for use by students and staff through a contract with Aramark Food and Nutrition Services which serves hot lunches every day. Emphasis is placed on good nutrition and helping children make healthy eating choices.
The C.A.R.E.S. (Children Are Receiving Extended Services) extended day program provides additional care for students between the hours of 7:00 - 8:00 am and 3:20 - 6:00 pm. Any GMA student may participate in C.A.R.E.S. for an additional fee. The program, supervised by faculty members, includes outside play, snack, homework time, arts and crafts and other activities that keep children active and safe.
Public school district bus transportation is accessible to 98% of the Gwynedd-Mercy Academy student enrollment. Under Pennsylvania state guidelines, school districts must provide bus service to a non-public school within 10 miles of any district boundary. Currently, 14 local school districts provide bus transportation to GMA. For parents who elect to drive their children to school, teachers are outside every morning and afternoon greeting students and facilitating the car line. Chartered buses are contracted for travel to sports teams' away games and for class field trips.
Responsiveness to all issues regarding student needs and health and wellness are considered to be critical to the caring environment that characterizes Mercy educational values.