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Gwynedd Mercy Academy High School

Gwynedd Mercy Academy High School

Type: Day
Gender: Girls
1345 Sumneytown Pike
Lower Gwynedd, PA

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Gwynedd Mercy Academy High School, established in 1861, is a distinguished institution that empowers young women to embrace innovation, cultural competency, and positive change. The school's student-centered daily schedule provides flexibility and time for focused learning, meaningful engagement, and exploration, nurturing a culture of wellness and wellbeing.

While recognized for programs in innovation and invention, leadership development, visual arts, performing arts, athletics, and community outreach and service, the school also offers dedicated support for students with learning differences, ensuring an inclusive environment where every individual can thrive.

Mercy students embark on a transformative educational journey, where young women are empowered to become compassionate leaders and make a lasting impact on the world.

Gwynedd Mercy Academy High School is recognized as the only all-girls school certified in leadership by Lead4Change and is pleased to partner with esteemed organizations such as Angela Duckworth's Character Lab, and the Gardner Carney Leadership Institute.

Awards or Certifications:

Mercy Education
Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools
Gardner Carney Leadership Institute
The National Wildlife Federation has named Gwynedd Mercy Academy High School's "Monarch Meadow" a Certified Wildlife Habitat through its Garden for Wildlife Movement.
College Board's 2022 AP® Computer Science Female Diversity Award for expanding young women’s access to both AP Computer Science and AP Computer Science Principles

What is your teaching or educational philosophy?

While proudly belonging to the global network of schools which comprise Mercy Education, the school's origins are woven into the educational ministry of Catherine McAuley, the visionary founder of the Sisters of Mercy.

Catherine McAuley recognized education as the catalyst for empowering women to create meaningful societal change. This philosophy remains at the heart of Gwynedd Mercy Academy High School's mission. The institution strives to nurture competent, compassionate leaders who are poised to address the demands of the twenty-first century. This preparation involves cultivating academic excellence within an environment that fosters holistic growth — spiritually, intellectually, physically, and emotionally. With a student-centered schedule that prioritizes wellness and wellbeing, Gwynedd Mercy provides flexibility for focused learning, engagement, and exploration.

In a world marked by complexity, constant transformation, and diversity, Gwynedd Mercy Academy High School offers a range of educational programs, both co-curricular and extra-curricular. These programs serve to educate, inspire, and empower each young woman. The goal is to cultivate critical thinking, compassionate action, and an unwavering recognition and respect for individual abilities and talents, as well as those of others.

What is your mission statement?

Rooted in the Catholic faith and charism of Mercy, Gwynedd Mercy Academy High School educates, inspires, and empowers young women to be merciful in spirit, innovative in thought, and courageous in leadership.




Academic Excellence, Leadership Development, Wellness and Wellbeing, Performing Arts, Visual Arts, Externships, Internships, Mentorship, Networking, Innovation, Invention, Design-thinking, Engineering, Technology, Business, Social Studies, World Languages, College Counseling