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Admissions

If you are interested in enrolling your child, plan to attend an Open House for Prospective Families or contact our Director of Admissions, Bethanne Connolly, to receive information on the admissions process.  This includes scheduling a school visit, as well as admissions testing for your child.  We look forward to welcoming your family to explore all that a Gwynedd-Mercy Academy education has to offer!  

  • January 30 - STEM Night and Open House for Prospective Families

We encourage prospective kindergarten applicants to fill out an Application form to reserve a place on our kindergarten roster.

Admissons Process

Process for Kindergarten Applicants

  • Application: Applications to Gwynedd-Mercy Academy Elementary are submitted online. Once the application is completed the child is entered into the admission process and applicant pool for their respective grade. The family will hear from the Director of Admissions after the application has been processed to schedule a school visit.
  • School Visit and Interview: The Director of Admissions will meet with the parent(s) and student to discuss the school program, curriculum and Pre-Enrollment Screening. The applying family will have the opportunity to tour the school at this time if they have not already done so. Prospective students will be scheduled for a kindergarten classroom visit and pre-enrollment screening. 
  • Pre-Enrollment Screening:  Prospective students will spend at least two hours with our kindergarten faculty on a school day.  During this time, students will be observed in the classroom interacting with other students, responding to classroom instruction, and working with a member of the Admission Committee to complete our pre-enrollment screening to assess readiness for our academic program. Additional testing may be required to support a student's candidacy for admission at the discretion of the admission committee.
  • Kindergarten Readiness Form: A Kindergarten Readiness form is required for all students applying to Gwynedd-Mercy Academy Elementary. This form will be provided to families once the School Visit and Interview has been completed. A current teacher should fill out the form on behalf of your child.
  • Registration: After a child is accepted to Gwynedd-Mercy Academy Elementary parents will receive a letter of acceptance, a formal registration form, and, if the child is entering grades 1 to 7, a letter for release of school records. In addition to the registration form, parents are asked to submit a non-refundable deposit of $1,000 which is applied to tuition.

Process for Grades 1-8 Applicants

  • Application: Applications to Gwynedd-Mercy Academy Elementary can be submitted online. Once the child is entered into the admission process and applicant pool for their respective grade. A The family will hear from the Admissions Director after the application has been processed to schedule a school visit.
  • Grades and Standardized Test Results: Student records for two years prior should accompany a child's application. Records should include any report cards and standardized test scores.
  • School Visit and Interview: The Director of Admissions will meet with the parent(s) and student to discuss the school program, curriculum and Pre-Enrollment Screening. The applying family will have the opportunity to tour the school at this time if they have not already done so. A full-day classroom visit is required for all grades 1-8 applicants.
  • Pre-Enrollment Screening:  During a student’s school visit they will meet with a member of the admission committee to complete a pre-enrollment screening.  This screening will be grade level appropriate, covering content in the disciplines of Mathematics and English Language Arts. This screening serves to give the Admissions Committee an understanding of an applicant’s performance in comparison with our current school population.  Additional testing may be required to support a student's candidacy for admission at the discretion of the admission committee. 
  • Recommendation Form: A Recommendation Form is required for all students applying to Gwynedd-Mercy Academy Elementary. This form will be provided to families once the School Visit and Interview has been completed. A current teacher should fill out the form on behalf of your child. 
  • Registration: After a child is accepted to Gwynedd-Mercy Academy Elementary parents will receive a letter of acceptance, a formal registration form, and, if the child is entering grades 1 to 7, a letter for release of school records. In addition to the registration form, parents are asked to submit a non-refundable deposit of $1,000 which is applied to tuition.

Learn About Us!

We are always happy to welcome new families into our school community. The admissions process might begin when a parent requests information, completes a GMA Application to get on the list for kindergarten or when the parents visit an open house or schedule a 1:1 personal tour.

In addition to our Open Houses, we are pleased to offer 1:1 information sessions for prospective parents or respond to any questions via email or telephone.

Are you unhappy with your child's progress at his or her current school? While the majority of our students traditionally begin their years at Gwynedd-Mercy Academy in September, we will consider a mid-year entry for students and parents who are looking for a new school environment and meet our admissions criteria. Contact our Director of Admissions to help your child achieve success.

After new student orientation, each new family is paired with a host family that will be available to answer questions, and extend the hand of Mercy hospitality.

As you consider your child's future, please feel free to contact our Admissions Director, Mrs. Bethanne Connolly, at 215-646-4916 or bconnolly@gmaelem.org.