Tips for Your High School Search
As your daughter prepares to find the right high school, she'll look to you for guidance. The goal is to have your daughter find a school that's a perfect fit. Here's our suggestions on how you can get to know Mercy:
- Shadow: Have your daughter shadow at any high school that she is interested in attending. At Mercy, we recommend that students shadow first in 7th grade, and then shadow again in 8th grade. This is especially helpful if she is debating between schools. Shadowing is the best way for a student to determine where she feels most comfortable.
- Be open to new friends: Encourage your daughter to expand her search to high schools that her friends may not be attending. While she may be tempted to follow her friends, your daughter will have an opportunity to make new friends wherever she goes to high school.
- Open Houses: All the Catholic high schools in Omaha have their Open Houses on Sundays in November. At Mercy's Open House, you will get to tour the building, meet the faculty, staff and administration, and attend presentations regarding tuition, college-prep curriculums, activities, and more.
- Take a tour: Visit the school while classes are in session so you can see the students and faculty in action. Mercy offers Lunch & Learn sessions in the fall for parents to attend.
- Gain perspective: Visit with current students of the high school and their parents to ask them about their experiences. Ask how they chose their high school and what they like most about it.
- Do your research: Check out school websites to learn about student life including classes, activities, athletics, clubs, fine arts, and faith & service opportunities.
Read why current parents chose Mercy for their daughter:
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!
As an alum of the class of 1998, sending my daughters to Mercy was never a question. My mother walked Mercy hallways, as well as my sisters. It is a home away from home...where girls from all ethnic and social backgrounds grow into faith-filled, proud, young women who think independently. Mercy is a tradition I am proud to uphold and will always be a special bond I share with my daughters.
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.
Preparing for High School
As you prepare to enter Mercy, here are some important things to consider that are frequently asked about by incoming students and parents:
- Technology: Mercy High School’s incoming freshmen will be required to have an iPad in their possession when the school year begins. We recommend incoming students purchase a new iPad (Generation 7) as this device is intended to last all of her four years at Mercy. Additional information and purchasing options for eligible iPads, Apple Pencils, and cases.
- Carpools: Mercy students come from all over Omaha and surrounding areas. We are happy to provide information of students that live near you to help with transportation.
- Uniforms: All Mercy students wear the plaid uniform skirt and blue or gray Mercy polo. Uniforms can be purchased at DiGiorgio's Sportswear. Used uniforms may be purchased from the main office, but the supply is very limited.
- Academics: Mercy offers eight classes every day. Student can expect to have 1.5-2 hours of homework a day. Check out what classes you can take.
- Getting Involved: Students have a myriad of opportunities to get involved outside of the classroom. From athletics, clubs, fine arts and service opportunities, you will find your place to belong at Mercy!
- Books: Mercy students purchase their textbooks and e-books from MBS Direct or other vendors
- School Day: School begins at 7:40 am most days and ends at 3:00 pm. Clubs meet from 3:00-3:30 pm and practices for athletics and theatre start after 3:45 pm.
- Lunch: Mercy offers catered lunch on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays for $5. Students can bring lunch from home and are welcome to use our vending machines and microwaves in the dining hall.