Congratulations! Your daughter is looking at high schools. This is such an exciting time in both of your lives, as she prepares to find the right school for her. While the ultimate goal is to have your daughter find the perfect school for her, your role in the high school search process is most important. Your daughter will look to you for guidance, advice, facts and opinions. After all, who knows her better than her parents?
Since I have been in admissions at Mercy for over a decade, please allow me to share a few helpful suggestions for this exciting high school search:
- Have your daughter shadow at any high school that she is interested in. I would highly recommend students to shadow first in 7th grade, and then shadow again in 8th grade if she is debating between schools. Shadowing is the best way for a student to determine in which high school she feels most comfortable.
- Encourage your daughter to expand her search to high schools that her friends may not be attending. While they may be tempted to follow their friends they have attended school with for years, your daughter will have no problem making friends wherever she goes to high school.
- Go to Open Houses. All of the Omaha Catholic high schools have their Open Houses on Sundays in November. This is a great time to tour the building, meet the faculty, staff and administration, and attend presentations regarding tuition, college-prep curriculums, activities, etc.
- Take a tour of the school while classes are in session so you can see the students and faculty in action.
- Visit with current high school students and parents to ask them how they chose their high school and what they like most about it.
- Check out school websites to see what the school has to offer for classes, activities, athletics, faith & service opportunities.
I am available to answer questions you may have about high school. Please feel free to email or call me at (402)553-9424. Good luck with your high school search and I hope your daughter comes to visit at Mercy soon!
Read below to see why current parents chose Mercy for their daughter:
Omaha offers many choices for a Catholic high school education but the right choice for our daughter was clear. Mercy stood out by far to be the best place for a well-rounded education. Mercy offers a rigorous academic program with small class sizes for more teacher-student interaction, but it also couples that with a spiritual education where a strong Catholic faith and service to others are encouraged. We have seen our daughter excel and grow to become a confident woman who is well-prepared for college.
Mercy's tradition of academic excellence combined with its concern for social justice are why we chose to send our daughter across the city for high school. Our daughter is walking the halls that I did in the 1990's and her grandma did in the 1950's. While the building has changed through the three generations, Mercy's mission has not.
Mercy High School is more than a school experience. Mercy offers young women the chance to grow as people. Mercy has a mentor program second to none. My daughters were taken under the wing of staff and Mercy sisters. This opened their eyes to the strong faith they have been raised in, as well as making them aware of their commitment to their community. Mercy focuses on personal growth with college-prep curriculum. My daughters have ended their high school experience confident and faith filled Women of Mercy.
When considering where our youngest child and only daughter would attend high school, there was never any question that it would be Mercy High School. Even though her three older brothers attended a local co-ed Catholic school, we never wavered on our decision that Mercy was the best place for her learn, grow, and explore. As an alum, I consider my time at Mercy as one of the biggest blessings of my life. I'm so happy to be able to share that blessing with my daughter!