Academics & Course Offerings

As a college preparatory school, the Mercyhurst Prep curriculum is rigorous, and 98% of the student body matriculates at a post-secondary institution. The school offers a wide range of courses at the college prep, honors, and International Baccalaureate (IB) levels.

Our Course Descriptions Catalog lists all available courses, along with guidelines and courses of study.

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Curriculum Options

College Prep Courses

College prep courses are tailored to prepare students for university studies with a focus on reading, discussion, problem-solving, research skills, and academic writing. There is mobility among college prep, honors, and IB courses, and counselors work with students in selecting the combination that offers an appropriate challenge.

Honors Courses

Students may select from 53 honors courses, of which 24 are also IB, in English, mathematics, social studies, science, theology, world languages, and the performing and visual arts. Honors courses move at an accelerated pace and cover additional topics and/or topics in greater depth.

International Baccalaureate (IB) Courses

Mercyhurst Prep has been a member of the International Baccalaureate Organization since 1985, offering IB diplomas, subject area certificates, and 24 courses in mathematics, sciences, language and literature, modern world languages, history, art, dance, music, and religions of the world. A superior academic program, the IB develops students who are inquirers, thinkers, communicators, and risk-takers. These students are principled, open-minded, caring, balanced, and reflective, characteristics fostered through an intensive course of studies that encompasses independent scholarly research, metacognition, community service, thoughtful reflection, and round table discussion.

LEARN MORE about our IB program.