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Our School

  • Founded in 1926
  • Total enrollment 520 students, domestic and boarding, in grades 9-12
  • Four year college/university acceptance rate 100%
  • SAT IB level Critical Reading 642, Math 682 and Writing 651
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma programme since 1985
  • MPS offers 30 IB, 53 Honors and 140 College Prep classes
  • Our Student-to-Faculty ratio: 12:1
  • Average class size is 23
  • Technology lab with zSpace, 3D printers, drones and virtual reality (VR) computers
  • Students can participate in a combination of IB, Honors or College Prep classes, based on their unique talents
  • MPS has 67 full-time faculty, with 48% of the educational staff holding a postgraduate degree
  • Awarded the Blue Ribbon School of Excellence twice
  • Diverse student body, representing twelve countries
  • Upperclassmen can take college level classes at one of three local colleges
  • Additional support is available, students can schedule time to meet with their teachers before or after school, work with a tutor and participate in study hall at the Residence Hall. This includes ESL support
  • Optional parent “Monthly Update” report

Student Engagement

  • 40 extracurricular clubs and activities offered
  • 49 courses in the performing and visual arts
  • Weekly field trips and other extracurricular activities including trips to Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, NBA Cleveland Cavaliers game in Cleveland, Ohio, and visiting Niagara Falls
  • Full time Western Culture and International Student Program Director
  • Prestigious awards

Our Campus

  • Located in beautiful Erie, Pennsylvania
  • The Dormitory or Residence Hall is operated by Pennsylvania International Academy (PIA). Open all year 24/7, including holidays and school breaks
  • 32 acre combined campus. Mercyhurst Prep and PIA staff are able to dedicate their time to the individual student’s growth and achievements
  • Offering a safe living environment including surveillance cameras throughout the campus, key fob access front door
  • Dedicated staff phone number 24/7 in case of an emergency
  • Multiple forms of transportation are available for international students

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