Marked by Pride and Spirit

Laker Life

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 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 tradition. [learn more]

MPS Open House

Open House is November 3rd from 12:00 – 3:00 p.m. Please join us to tour the MPS campus and see what MPS has to offer!

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Visit Us!

Don’t miss your chance to be a Laker for a day! Schedule your shadow visit now!! Call 814.824.2323 or email Marcia DiTullio for complete details.

Upcoming Events

Our events calendar includes listings of all athletics, performing arts, concerts, special events, and reunions. You can subscribe to our calendars based on category or  type of event. See the full events calendar @

Trunk or Treat

Trunk or Treat is back! This is a family-friendly event for local neighbors and preschoolers to trick or treat. Walk around the MPS student parking lot which will be filled with decorated cars. Sponsoring groups will hand out candy/treats/toys through their Halloween themed trunks.

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Singin’ in the Rain

WHERE: Mercyhurst Preparatory School
Performing Arts Center [PAC]

Thursday, November 21 @ 7:00 pm
Friday, November 22 @ 7:00 pm
Saturday, November 23 @ 7:00 pm
Sunday Matinée November 24 @ 2:00 pm

TICKETS: $10 Adults, $7 Seniors, $5 Students

Scholarship Funds

Donate to a scholarship fund and offer a deserving student the lifelong benefits of a Mercy education!

2018-19 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!

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