Frequently Asked Questions

How big is Mercy?

Mercy’s total enrollment averages more than 500 students.  The average classroom size is 22. Recent research cites these figures as optimal for learning for high school students.

What’s the schedule like?

Mercy uses an A/B Block schedule with four 85-minute classes each day.  This means that each class meets every other day.  Extra time is scheduled for most science labs and private lessons in drama and music are scheduled throughout the day.  Students take core and elective courses each year. School hours are from 7:50 a.m. – 2:55 p.m.

Where do students that attend Mercy live?

Students come from over 50 elementary and middle schools throughout the greater Cincinnati area, including as far as Kentucky, Fairfield and Indiana.

What about the uniform?

Mercy’s dress code consists of a glenn plaid navy and white wrap around skirt or navy/khaki uniform slacks and a navy or white knit polo shirt with the Mercy logo. The slacks should be straight-legged; no skinny slacks are permitted. Mercy club and class sweatshirts without hoods (that are crew neck or quarter zip) or Mercy spiritwear long sleeve tees may be worn daily over the polo. A royal blue v-neck pullover sweater with the Mercy logo was an added option as of the 2013-2014 school year. White, blue, black or gray short sleeve t-shirts may be worn under the uniform knit polo shirt. Shoes must be rubber soled (Most students wear gym shoes or Sperry Topsiders.) During the months of November – March, boots may be worn. Sandals are not permitted. Socks (any color) must be worn. Leggings, stockings, or tights must be solid white, blue, black or gray. On "Spirit Days," the last day of the week, spiritwear sweatshirts, hoodies and long sleeve t-shirts (blue, black, grey or white) may be worn in place of the polo shirt. On "Spirit Days," November through March, students who have no uniform violations may wear Mercy sweatpants (purchased in the Spirit Shop) instead of their skirts.

What is tuition?

Tuition for the 2016-2017 school year is $10,950 + $100 Individual Excellence/Technology Fee. For more information, click here.

What about lunch?

Mercy’s cafeteria serves hot entrees, grill items, and offers a salad bar everyday. Snacks, such as our famous cookies and a number of healthy and tasty side items are also available. There are also microwaves available if you want to pack your lunch and heat it up at school.  

What dances does Mercy have?  What about boys?

Mercy sponsors an all-school GAA dance and post-Gala/fund raiser dance, a Freshmen/Sophomore date dance, Senior Christmas Ball, Junior-Senior Prom, and Mercy’s Father/Daughter Dance. Mercy does not have an official “brother school” but still works with several all-boy schools (most often St. Xavier, Elder and La Salle), especially when it comes to Mercy’s Theatre Program. Mercy has several curricular activities sponsored with nearby boys’ schools and we publicize their sporting and social events.

Do you have to be Catholic to attend Mother of Mercy?

No, you do not have to be Catholic to attend Mother of Mercy. While a large majority of our student body is Catholic, we welcome students from all backgrounds and faiths. It is diversity that enriches the academic experience and expands the awareness of our students.

What’s a typical freshman schedule like?

Incoming freshman typically take the following courses in their first year of study  at Mercy. With A/B Block scheduling, students have four classes per day and each class meets every other day. Click here for an example of a freshman schedule.
For more information on the teachers for theses classes, be sure to check out our Mercy faculty and staff directory.