Summer Academic Classes


These are two week classes specifically designed for review and practice for the upcoming school year.

STUDY SKILLS with iPad distribution and orientation
This course is designed to help students access techniques that will improve comprehension and application across the curriculum. The iPads for incoming students will be distributed, and an iPad skill session will occur during class time. The iPad is only one of many tools our students will use in this study skills class. 

GRADES: 9 – 12
TIME: 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
DATES: July 22 – August 2
COST: $150/Class meets Monday through Friday

The class is designed for incoming ninth graders who would like to strengthen basic math skills. This course is devised to help students prepare for the algebra taught in the freshman year of high school with special emphasis on techniques that may be slightly different from the junior high math experience. The ninth grade placement test will be used as a guide for what skills need to be reviewed, practiced, and reinforced.

TIME: 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
DATES: July 22 – August 2
COST: $150


Students take summer term classes for many reasons. The most common motivation is to clear the yearlong schedule for added classes in math, science, theatre, and arts. Many students also use this avenue to open their upper-class schedules to take advantage of college classes offered at Mercyhurst University.

Class size is limited, and the atmosphere is casual. Students enrolling in these classes should register online or by mail by June 1. 

Courses are scheduled beginning June 10 – July 3 at 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. NOTE: Schedules are set to accommodate the greatest number of students. Times are subject to change based on enrollment.

The cost of a term class is $200.


Courses are scheduled at 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Schedules are set to accommodate the greatest number of students. Times are subject to change based on enrollment.

10th, 11th and 12th Grade
Prerequisite: Completion of Principles of Fitness & Wellness
The goal of this course is to introduce components of fitness and allow the student to experience various activities which enhance these components. Each class period is divided into four sessions. Session one is devoted to stretching and flexibility. Session two focuses on cardiovascular fitness, with the prime activities being jumping rope, stair stepping, and running. Session three develops muscular endurance, with the primary focus on strength training exercises. Session four is comprised of a cool down and discussion period.

TIME: 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

9th grade
A major transition is occurring in your life. Once children, you are about to become young adults capable of making all of your own health decisions. This course will provide some of the knowledge base and skills that will allow you to do this. It begins with awareness of health as physical, mental, and social wellness. Topics to be covered include structure and function of organs such as skin and eyes, personal hygiene, stress management, and issues concerning male/female reproductive health. As a result, students should develop healthful habits and enjoy positive relationships with peers, parents and teachers.

TIME: 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

10th grade

Health II focuses on the structure, function, disorders, and care of the body systems. Building on the holistic approach to health established in Health I, its goal is for each student to develop the knowledge base in human anatomy and physiology needed to understand health issues and make positive choices to maintain or improve wellness.

TIME: 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

11th and 12 grade

This course promotes the concepts of wellness with information pertinent to physical, emotional, and social growth. Students will learn how to set and achieve goals for healthy living by making responsible decisions. Topics include mental health and abnormal psychology, study of skeletal and muscular systems, alcohol and drug abuse, physical and emotional problems, human reproductive health, abstinence, sexually transmitted diseases, fitness, and AIDS.

TIME: 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

All grade levels

Do you want to save time by learning how to construct a research paper for your English or Social Studies classes or how to prepare a chart for a lab report? This course will teach you the skills to accomplish these tasks and more. Students are introduced to the new generation of Microsoft Office which uses features that are specifically designed to engage students, improve retention, and prepare them for future success. A step-by-step, screen-by-screen approach encourages students to expand their understanding of the Office software through experimentation, exploration, and planning ahead.

The course prepares students to become more capable software users by requiring them to use critical thinking and problem-solving skills to create real-life documents.

TIME: 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

“Everybody in this country should learn how to program . . . because it teaches you how to think.” –– Steve Jobs. Learn how to make your device do what you want it to do as you engage in a hands-on creative development process to code applications. This course develops skills in web development, programming, logical thinking, and problem solving and allows you to make your innovative ideas a reality.

TIME: 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.


Mercyhurst Prep offers a full range of summer remediation for students experiencing academic difficulty. Please contact your student’s guidance counselor for more information. Remediation may be available in: Algebra I • Algebra II • Chemistry • Foundations of Scientific Inquiry • Geometry • Spanish • English • Theology • United States History • World History • Health • Computer electives may also be remediated in the summer.

Students will have the opportunity to work through a fourth term (40 hours) of review and graded practice to identify and correct skill deficits. A final exam will be given at the end of the course. Fourth term grades and the new final exam will be used to recalculate the yearlong grade. The first final exam grade will be dropped. The student gains the advantage of enhancing personal skills while improving his/her yearlong grade and GPA. Students may enroll in remediation/credit recovery courses on the recommendation of their teachers and counselors or upon parent request.

DATES: June 13 – July 11 (40 hours) Classes will not be held on July 4th.
TIME: 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
COST: $200

• Class schedules accommodate the greatest number of students. • A class must meet a minimum capacity in order to run. • Students are permitted one excused absence in remediation/credit recovery classes. • No classes July 4. • All credit issued for summer classes is at the College Prep (CP) level. • NOTE: Private tutoring may available at all levels of math instruction. Fees are negotiated directly with tutor, through Mercyhurst Prep.


Students also have the opportunity to access select elective and remediation/credit recovery courses online through the Mercy Learning Online Network. Some of the online courses approved through this network offer students a term elective credit. Others offer a fourth term of remediation/credit recovery. Students have the ease of in-home learning and 24-hour accessibility. The fee is $350 per course. This fee is determined by the Mercy Network. Registration is through MPS Summer on the Hill and must be made by June 5. In the event that one of the following courses is not offered on the Mercyhurst Prep campus in the summer, it may be taken online as a fourth term remediation/credit recovery class:

• Algebra I • English (9, 10 and 11-12) • Geometry • Spanish I • Theology • United States History • World History

The following courses will be offered as one term electives. These courses cannot substitute for courses required/offered during the school year; they are offered as enrichment opportunities.

• American Government • Art History • Economics

Mercy Learning Online courses are offered online June 17 – July 26 and have the following requirements:

• Participating in chat and/or discussion on the course discussion board

• Software: students are asked to use Microsoft Word for documents and have access to PowerPoint. Students may use available MPS computers for their online courses during times when the computer lab is open. All registrations for Mercy Learning Online are completed by a school administrator, Theresa Wyman, who will supply the network password to the student when registration is complete.

Email addresses: Students and parents are asked to submit email addresses with registration. The student email address must be his/her Mercyhurst Prep email address.