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Our Mission, Beliefs, and Values

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Mission Statement

Rooted in the Catholic faith and charism of Mercy, Gwynedd Mercy Academy High School educates, inspires, and empowers young women to be merciful in spirit, innovative in thought, and courageous in leadership.

We Believe That...

God is the core of our existence and Jesus Christ is a model for our life

The foundation of our school is based on the Gospel values of compassionate presence, justice, service, and respect for the dignity of all persons, which are the charism of Catherine McAuley.

The school community participates in service activities in order to strengthen their awareness and concern for others and to ensure that the dignity of all persons is respected and protected.

Positive moral and religious values are fundamental to personal growth, social responsibility and global awareness.

The goal of education is to develop and nurture the whole person: intellectually, spiritually, morally, physically, emotionally and socially.

Students learn to become competent and compassionate adults in a nurturing community atmosphere that provides positive role models.

As co-educators, parents and teachers motivate and challenge each young woman to reason, to inquire and to communicate effectively in order to influence her life situations.

Each student succeeds in a supportive educational environment that encourages her distinct abilities, talents and interests.

Women have the ability to communicate effectively and influence corporate, political and ethical policies.

Educators inspire a fundamental love of learning.

Learning is a life-long dynamic process that requires reflection and action.


Educational Philosophy Statement

Gwynedd Mercy Academy High School, founded in 1861, an independent Catholic college preparatory school for young women, is part of a long and rich history of education. While it is a member of a global network of schools, Mercy Education System of the Americas, the school’s roots are steeped in the educational ministry of Catherine McAuley, the founder of the Sisters of Mercy. A visionary leader, Catherine McAuley was keenly aware that education is the key to empowering women to make a difference in the world and affect social change. This belief continues to inspire the core mission of Gwynedd Mercy Academy High School as it nurtures highly competent and deeply compassionate leaders ready to serve the needs of a twenty-first century world.

Preparing students for this important role necessitates the promotion of academic excellence in an environment that fosters the development of the whole person; spiritually, intellectually, physically and emotionally. A complex, ever-changing and diverse world requires educational programs at various levels (co-curricular and extra-curricular) which educate, inspire and empower each young woman to think critically, to act with compassion, and to recognize, affirm and respect both her unique abilities and talents as well as the talents and abilities of each and every person.


Vision Statement

We seek to educate, inspire, and empower the next generation of women leaders, so that they may light a path for a better world.


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