Set Up for Success
Mercy’s rigorous curriculum ensures that our graduates continue their education. More than 60% of our faculty hold master’s degrees, and students have the opportunity to take 18 AP and college-credit courses. We instill knowledge and confidence in our students to help them succeed in life. And that’s only the beginning. Come visit us to see for yourself.
Mercy offers a college-preparatory curriculum to prepare our students for success after graduation. With a faculty-to-student ratio of 13-to-1, students receive individualized attention from experienced, caring teachers. In fact, many teachers have received local, state and national accolades. As a result of the small class sizes at Mercy, educational plans are customized to ensure each student’s success in all aspects of their academic growth.
The Advanced Placement® Program is administered by The College Board®, a national nonprofit membership association. Mercy High School is a member school offering AP® courses. Courses are taught by Mercy faculty and are comparable to first-year college courses. At the conclusion of an AP® course, students must take the corresponding exam.
AP Courses are offered in the following:
• Computer Science Principles
• English Literature and Composition
• Language and Composition
• Music Theory
• U.S. Government and Politics
• U.S. History
Dual Enrollment means a student has the option to register to earn college credit based on successful completion of the Mercy course at a price much lower than typical college tuition. The colleges and Dual Enrollment courses offered include:
Nebraska Wesleyan University:
• French III, IV, V
• AP® Government, AP® US History,
• AP® Language and Composition, AP® Literature and Composition
University of Nebraska Omaha:
• Spanish III, IV, V
College of Saint Mary:
• Her-Story: Women in the Church, God in Art
• Honors World History
This unique, four-year leadership and empowerment program encourages each student to maximize her individual strengths, while providing a series of progressive opportunities to help each student reach her greatest potential. A complement to Mercy’s rigorous academic courses, the program maps out a leadership curriculum that builds on the OnToCollege with John Baylor ACT preparation program, which is provided free to every student. With help from community-based resources including Mercy alumnae, local businesses, and influential community leaders, students have access to tools and materials to help them create a plan of personal development.
• Gallup’s Builder 10 Profile
• CliftonStrengths Assessment
• Social and mental health awareness
• Career exploration
• Financial literacy
College Advising & Guidance
The School Counseling Program at Mercy High School promotes the academic, social, spiritual and emotional development of all students. The program is designed to meet the needs of each student and assist them in establishing a foundation for personal success as they become life-long learners. Students develop the skills essential for making informed, realistic and healthy choices for personal decisions, career path and college selection.
Following the American School Counseling Association framework, some of the services offered at Mercy include:
• Post-secondary planning including college and career planning.
• Classroom instruction of the school counseling curriculum standards from the ASCA Mindsets & Behaviors for Student Success.
• Assessing student abilities, interests and achievement to help them make decisions about their futures.
• School counselors are prepared to recognize and respond to student mental health needs and to assist students and families seeking resources.
• Implementation of strategies to support student achievement with parents, teachers, other educators and community organizations.
• Providing referrals for students and families to school or community resources for additional assistance and information.
Hannon Family Academic Success Center
Upgraded in 2020, the Academic Success Center (ASC) is a comfortable space for Mercy Girls to study together, collaborate on group projects and seek specific academic assistance. This student-centered and caring, physical environment focuses on academic assistance and outcomes, college advising, and provides emotional support and services to meet students' needs, while fostering personal attention and support.
Students can study and receive peer tutoring here, collaborate on group projects, connect with a licensed mental health practitioner provided by Catholic Charities, or visit with a school counselor, Mercy's ESL specialist, academic success coordinator or a college access assistant. The Academic Success Center is open to all students during study hall and after school.
The ASC provides a collaborative space for the following purposes:
• After school Homework Lab staffed by adult and peer tutors
• Regular study group meetings
• One-on-one consultation with the Academic Success Coordinator
• Self-directed individual study
• Group project work
The Academic Success Coordinator arranges all tutoring, one-on-one teacher assistance, directed intervention, schedules study session for final exams and serves as a liaison between the student's specific needs and the faculty in addition to overseeing the hour-by-our operation of the ASC.
English as a Second Language
Mercy has the highest diversity rate of any Catholic High School in the Omaha area. We value diversity and strive to promote a culturally responsive learning environment where a student’s first language and cultural identity are celebrated. Tutoring and academic support are available to English Language Learners who may need help in developing English language skills, reading comprehension, and writing abilities. The English as a Second Language (ESL) Coordinator also serves as a liaison between the school and parents, as well as between students and teachers to ensure that their specific learning needs are being met.