Founded in 1928 as a Catholic College preparatory school for young women, the purpose of Our Lady of Mercy Academy (OLMA) is to provide a comprehensive education according to the precepts of Catherine McAuley, foundress of the Sisters of Mercy. The academy is centered on the teaching of Christ, and provides young women with an environment intended to nourish spiritual, intellectual, emotional, and social growth. Students are guided and supported with the intention of making them well-rounded, merciful, and intelligent women. Our Lady of Mercy Academy is governed by a Board of Directors and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy.
- Our Lady of Mercy Academy is chartered by the Board of Regents of the State of New York, is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools, and is a member of the Mercy Secondary Education Association and the National Catholic Education Association. Programs for each student are planned to meet the requirements of the New York State Education Department.
- There are over 30 extracurricular activities, including a sports program. The Academy is located on a spacious campus with tennis courts, a soccer field, 2 softball fields, and a gymnasium.
The faculty and staff of our Lady of Mercy Academy work to educate students in a holistic
fashion within an environment designed to be compassionate and with reverence for one another and for the world.
of Our Lady of Mercy Academy is based on the Church’s threefold mission: to impart the message of Jesus
, to advance the building of Christian
community, and to bear witness to the Gospel
message. The Academy's stated principle of Fides, Mores, Cultura (Fidelity to Principle, Moral Integrity, and Enrichment of Life), and it claims to educate its students to seek personal fulfillment as aware, contemporary Christian women.
The academic curriculum includes an Honors Program and Advanced Placement courses. Seniors may enroll in accredited college courses offered through St. John's University. Most Mercy graduates continue their education in competitive colleges.
Clubs and Activities
- Amnesty International
- Art National Honor Society
- Computer Classes
- Computer Club
- Creative Writing
- Cross Country
- Driver Education
- Italian National Honor Society
- Leader's Club
- Mercy Action (Service)
- Mercy Mentors
- Mercy Players
- Mixed Chorus
- JV and Varsity Mock Trial Teams
- National Honor Society
- Ski Club
- Spanish National Honor Society
- Sports Night
- Student Council
- Track and Field
- Tri-M Music Honor Society
- Video Club
- Windows (Literary Magazine)
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