A Message from Our Administration

Laker Life

Dear Mercyhurst Prep Families,

On April 9, Governor Wolf made the decision to keep all schools in Pennsylvania closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year in an effort to continue to slow the spread of COVID-19. We are certain that this news elicits many emotions throughout our school community that will require thoughtful processing. While we had hoped for a different outcome, we have prepared for this decision. We now know that remote instruction will continue throughout the rest of the school year, and we will continue to follow the MPS school calendar. We commend the faculty and staff and the entire student body for the incredible amount of dedication and effort that has gone into this transition from face-to-face to remote instruction.

The full impact of this decision is yet unknown, but it will certainly necessitate the cancellation of large in-person gatherings, including extracurricular, athletic, and student activities. The administration and faculty are working to develop alternative activities, where possible, to help bring proper closure to the school year, especially for our wonderful class of 2020. As these plans are finalized, please be assured we will communicate all of the details.

This has been, and will continue to be, a very unique time in all of our lives, and it will live in our individual and collective memory forever. We thank you for your patience and flexibility during this challenging time. We continue to hold all of our students, families, community, and the entire world in our prayers as we navigate this pandemic. We ask for your prayers as well.

May God bless everyone.

Edward J. Curtin Thomas Rinke
President Principal
Mercyhurst Preparatory School Mercyhurst Preparatory School

Marked by Pride and Spirit

Nearly 8,000 worldwide, Mercyhurst Preparatory School alumni are confident, connected and humane leaders who succeed at the nation’s top colleges and universities and then launch into phenomenal careers. Lakers are all Marked by Pride & Spirit.

To Mercyhurst Preparatory School students, the spirit of being a Laker means that their unique interests and talents are embraced, encouraged and respected by a welcoming, compassionate Erie high school community with a keen focus on academic success.

The pride and spirit of a Laker remains as alive today as it was from our very founding in 1926 because the Mercy Charism is woven into every facet of the school. It is found in our words, our actions, our symbols. It’s in the Laker air: hospitality, compassionate presence, service, justice and respect for the dignity of all persons. It’s what a Laker is.

Our Mission Statement

Mercyhurst Preparatory School is a four year co-educational Catholic secondary school founded by the Sisters of Mercy to prepare students from all religious and ethnic backgrounds for a successful, productive, and compassionate life in an ever-changing and interdependent world. A Mercyhurst Prep education is based upon the teachings of Jesus Christ, the Mercy Charism, and a modeling of Judeo-Christian values. We strive for excellence in academic and co-curricular programs, we promote service to our local and global communities, and we foster the dedication and active support of the students, parents, faculty, staff, and alumni of the Mercyhurst community.

The Mercy Charism

The Mercy Charism core values are: service, justice, hospitality, compassionate presence, and concern for the dignity of all persons.

Our International Baccalaureate (IB) Program

The IB program is based on the concept that general education at the upper secondary level should promote the development of the lifelong skills of critical thinking, communication, and integration of the information through an in depth study of the major areas of knowledge. Successful completion of the program earns for the student a diploma/certificate recognized for university admission and for course credit at many colleges and universities throughout the world. The IB’s greatest value, however, lies in its intrinsic worth as a challenge and a symbol of the greater achievement to which the student has aspired. Mercyhurst Prep is northwestern Pennsylvania’s only secondary International Baccalaureate (IB) school! MPS is one of 3,290 schools in 141 countries around the globe who are part of the prestigious International Baccalaureate Organization.

Visit MPS

If you would like to visit our school and learn more about becoming a Laker, please call 814.824.2323 or email our Admissions Director Marcia DiTullio today!

Shadowing is a great opportunity to spend a day as a Laker and experience first hand what it might be like to attend Mercyhurst Prep School in Erie. The day starts out as you enter beneath our massive Laker Mural and ends with new friends and anticipation of experiences yet to come. Transfer students are welcome to shadow, and 8th graders from private schools are welcome to invite a friend from a public school, if they like.

‘I Am A Laker’

MPS is Erie’s only Catholic co-educational high school. Learning in a community environment alongside old and new friends, as well as high school students from other countries, best prepares you for college and life in the real world. To our students, the spirit of being “Laker” means that their unique interests and talents are embraced, encouraged and respected by a welcoming, compassionate Mercyhurst Preparatory School community in Erie that has a keen focus on their academic success. Our school, sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, emulates the Mercy Charism: service, justice, hospitality, compassionate presence, and concern for the dignity of all persons.

You Can Help!

Mercyhurst Prep’s legacy of academic excellence and cutting edge learning spans nine decades as a leading private Catholic school in Erie as of 2016. Behind the walls of our c. 1964 building is a 21st century IB college prep education that has so far readied over 9,000 Lakers for life beyond our campus. It is time to upgrade our school facilities to reflect our modern approach to educating tomorrow’s leaders. [read more] Mercyhurst Preparatory School is proud of its academic excellence in the Sisters of Mercy Catholic School traditions, exceptional and caring faculty, dedicated students, and incredible faith and life-guidance. We are blessed to be part of a community of students, alumni, families, friends and community partners who know that being part of the Mercyhurst Prep family is a bond that lasts a lifetime. There are many opportunities to help foster the success of the Mercy traditionDonate to a scholarship fund and offer a deserving student the lifelong benefits of a Mercy education!

Annual Report

The 2018-19 annual report is now available. You are also encouraged to read the Annual Report newsletter to hear from a few students helped by your generosity!

more details @ mpslakers.com/annualreport

Order Your Yearbook!

Order your 2019-2020 yearbook online! Don’t miss your chance to get your copy. The deadline to order is June 1, 2020.

more details @ mpslakers.com/yearbook

MPS Connections

MPS has partnered with regional colleges and universities. Read more about these amazing opportunities for MPS students to attend Mercyhurst University, Gannon University, Penn State University and Carlow University.

Upcoming Events

ALL UPCOMING EVENTS have been suspended in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.


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