Marked by Pride and Spirit
Nearly 8,000 worldwide, Mercyhurst Prep High 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 Prep 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 StatementMercyhurst 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 CharismThe 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.
Experience the Laker Life!
Watch several of our graduates speak about their Laker experience.
Serving in a faith-filled community, participating in track and field, being an IB diploma candidate, and developing leadership skills, Rebecca Praetzel, a 2017 Mercyhurst Prep graduate, tells students how she balanced a demanding schedule while maintaining a perpetual smile on her face.
2017 Mercyhurst Prep grad and DJ business entrepreneur, Noah Curtin, speaks about his diverse experience at the high school from being a PA state XC champion, pursuing an IB certificate to performing on the stage.
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’
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 tradition. [learn more]
Summer Office Hours
Monday–Thursday: 8 a.m.—3 p.m.
July 1 – August 9
Monday–Friday: 8 a.m.—noon
July 4 and 5
Closed (official holiday)
August 12 – 16
Monday–Thursday: 8 a.m.—3 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m.—noon
Monday–Friday: 8 a.m.—3:30 p.m.
Our events calendar includes listings of all athletics, performing arts, concerts, special events, and reunions. You can subscribe to our calendars based on the type of event.
Donate to a scholarship fund and offer a deserving student the lifelong benefits of a Mercy education!
full events calendar @ mpslakers.com/events
2017-18 Annual Report
more details @ mpslakers.com/annualreport