Value of Mercy in Dollars Makes Sense!

The decision to enroll your child in a private school is not one that a parent takes lightly. However, our resources in terms of faculty, technology and facilities, indicate that Gwynedd-Mercy Academy takes very seriously its commitment to wisely steward our parents' tuition dollars and provide an excellent return on their tuition investment. Seeing the achievements, self-assurance and well-rounded presence of our graduates leaves no doubt that the GMA tuition dollar is an excellent value.

What sets us apart?

  • Longstanding tradition of Mercy education within a Catholic Faith Community that also benefits from the acceptance and inclusion of those from other faith traditions.
  • The U.S. Department of Education named Gwynedd-Mercy Academy a Nationally Acclaimed Blue Ribbon School.
  • Our average class size of 18 students allows teachers to give personal attention and meet individual student needs and learning styles.
  • Small class sizes: 3 homeroom classes per grade with an average of fewer than 18 students per class allows children to realize the best of both worlds: small class sizes that are part of a larger school community, maximizing academic and social opportunities.
  • Vice Principal and Director of Curriculum facilitate a comprehensive and challenging curriculum that is able to address individual student learning styles and provide exceptional resources for faculty.
  • Bundled tuition is fee-inclusive and includes the cost of initial stationery supplies, books, field trips, school pictures and yearbook.
  • A full-time learning support teacher working in the McAuley Learning Center.
  • A full-time school counselor works with individual students, as well as small groups, acts as a resource for parents and teachers and conducts grade-wide, age-appropriate workshops.
  • Progressive technology and cross-curricular integration is supported by a full-time Director of Educational Technology and a full-time Director of Information Technology.
  • Each of our three kindergarten classes is staffed with an experienced teacher and a full-time aide. This allows many small-group learning experiences for our youngest students.
  • Full-time Spanish and French language teachers for grades K-8.
  • Challenge Center for academically gifted students in grades 4-8.
  • Creative Thinking Skills classes for grades 1-3.
  • A full-time art teacher assisted by a part-time art teacher, executes an ambitious art curriculum covering ancient to modern art genres with numerous media choices and materials.
  • Full-time music faculty.
  • Public speaking curriculum for grades 5-8.
  • Comprehensive before- and after-school extended day program for students - go to our CARES information page.
  • Fine arts program including band, strings program, piano lessons and Chorus.
  • TerraNova standardized test scores reflect placement in the top 10% of schools nationwide on a consistent basis.
  • Almost half of seventh and eighth grade students qualify to participate in the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth each year.
  • Nearly 100% of 8th grade students accepted into the highly competitive college preparatory high schools of their choice. An average of 20% of graduates receiving academic and/or fine arts scholarships.
  • A compassionate, experienced full-time nurse on site every day, all day.
  • Outstanding athletic program directed by Boys' and Girls' Athletic Directors. Facilities include spacious gym and extensive athletic fields. Member of the Catholic Academy League.
  • Mercy outreach service projects are available to all students in grade-appropriate activities.
  • After-school enrichment club activities for grades K-8 including art and chess.
  • Students' participation in extended learning opportunities are supported and encouraged. Students demonstrate outstanding performance in various local, state, and national competitions, such as spelling bees, forensics, music competitions, science fairs, and National History Day.
  • The Center for Talented Youth at Johns Hopkins University named GMA one of the top ten schools in the state, stating, ‚ÄúGwynedd-Mercy Academy is a 'Top 10 School' for the state of Pennsylvania in the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth Talent Search. We hope this achievement will be a source of pride for you, your staff, students and families. We're very thankful for your participation, of course, but we are also mindful of what this award says about your school. It means your academic program is producing a high number of high-achieving students. It also indicates that you look out for your students' best interests by recommending other resources (like CTY) for them and their families to investigate."
  • "Private schools benefit students by fostering academic excellence and high achievement, educating the whole child within a values-based setting, and preparing youngsters for success in life. If you want a caring, challenging, nurturing, safe and secure environment for your child-a place where he/she can learn and succeed-consider a private school." (Council for Private Education - http://www.capenet.org/benefits.html).

 
 
 
 
 
 
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