Some of the annual school activities integrated into the curriculum for Middle School include the Social Injustice project, various video projects which are sometimes integrated with their computer class, and the Big Buddy Program for Grades 7 and 8 with grades K & 1. Middle School students can participate in the Spelling Bee and Math Olympiad, Grade 8 is encouraged to participate in Mock Trial. Our Middle School students also participate in an annual 3-day trip to the Nature’s Classroom located at Groton Woods in Groton, Massachusetts. This trip offers a contextual, educational experience that provides our children with many opportunities to explore science in nature, local history and team building.
The Middle School also has access to the Foundress Hall computer lab which houses Chromebooks and the Mac lab, which has Mac computers with GarageBand for composing music, an additional Chromebook cart and 3D printer. Wireless access throughout the school allows these devices to either be used in the lab or signed out for use in the students classroom.
100% of our students who choose to attend a private high school are accepted to their school of choice.
The K-8 Advantage for Middle Schools Students
Most parents recognize that Middle School can be a complex time for students as they mature socially and emotionally, and this may oftentimes impact their child’s academic advancement. Mercymount’s K-8 design, combined with Middle School service (Big Buddy Program) aims to keep the students engaged in the whole school community as they make the transition into our Middle School program. A number of studies have demonstrated the distinct advantages K-8 schools offer for lifting Middle School student achievement in both Math and Science.
Each trimester the students’ academic successes are recognized with the Honor Roll. Students in grades 6 through 8 may obtain High Honors or Honors. Any student who receives UNSATISFACTORY in conduct, effort or any other subject will not receive any honors and will be prohibited from participating in extracurricular activities until marks improve.
Catherine McAuley Award
The award recognizes the fulfillment of the school’s mission by a student in grades 3 through 7. This student routinely exhibits Mercy in their actions within the school and community at large. His/her character exemplifies the Mercy spirit and serves as a role model for other students. Candidates are nominated, by self or others, and complete an application process including two letters of recommendation. The applications are reviewed by a five member committee composed of the Principal, Mercy Integration Committee, faculty, and the previous year’s recipient.
There are several awards that recognize the graduating eighth grade students. These include the Scholar Leader Award, The Presidential Award for Academic Excellence and The Principal’s Award.
Scholar Leader Award
Two students are recognized for their academic excellence and leadership skills throughout their middle school years.
The Presidential Award for Academic Excellence
This award is earned by keeping an average of 90 and above in all subjects from fourth through eighth grades, and scoring at least an 85% or higher in the reading and math CAT tests given each year.
The Principal’s Award
The Principal’s Award is presented annually to a student chosen by the faculty for their all-around academic and personal distinction.