School Statistics

MHS History

Mercy High School was established in 1945 by the Sisters of Mercy to provide young women in the Detroit area with a Catholic, college preparatory education rich in spiritual and cultural experiences and intellectual challenges. The school, located on Outer Drive and Southfield Road in Detroit, was relocated to a new and larger building in Farmington in 1965. The leadership and sponsorship of the Sisters of Mercy have guided and shaped the continuity of spirit and purpose over Mercy's 69 year history. Throughout the school's growth from its original school to the present campus, traditions of the Mercy High School have remained intact for five decades. Mercy is not only a place where values and excellence are the norm but it is also a name. A name is a special thing. Mercy tells who we are, what we are about. It is plural by nature: compassionate, hospitable, friendly, loving, caring and hopeful. We strive to be no less than our name.

Mercy High School is a Catholic college preparatory school for young women. Traditions include an enriched curriculum that has enabled 99% of Mercy graduates to attend colleges or universities after graduation. The student body is made up of young women from over 70 metropolitan Detroit communities. This broad, inclusive base provides Mercy with a rich, multi-ethnic constituency from diverse, socio-economic backgrounds. The common thread among staff, students and parents is a commitment to academic excellence and the integration of Mercy Values into daily life.

Recognized nationally as an Exemplary Private School by the United States Department of Education and the Council for American Private Education, Mercy has been accredited by AdvanceEd.

Mercy was named an Apple Distinguished School for 2013 - 2015 for being recognized by Apple as a distinguished school for innovation, leadership, and educational excellence.

LOCATION

Mercy's 25 acre campus is located in Farmington Hills, Michigan on the corner of Middlebelt and 11 Mile Roads. The facility is approximately 20 miles northwest of Detroit, providing easy access to the abundant cultural and educational centers of the metropolitan area.

ADMINISTRATIVE TEAM

  • Dr. Cheryl Delaney Kreger, Ed.D. President
  • Mrs. Carolyn Behringer Witte, Principal
  • Larry Baker, Associate Principal Operations
  • Colleen McMaster Rozman, Associate Principal Academic Affairs
  • Eleasha Mercer Tarplin, Dean of Students

ADMISSIONS

  • Amy Sill Iacobell '93
  • Kelly Stirling McSweeney '93

COUNSELING

  • Trish Brown - Freshwomen
  • Kristen Casey - Department Chair and grades 10 - 12; last names P - Z
  • Arpna Hessler - grades 10 - 12; last names H - O
  • Dianna Shamus - grades 10 - 12; last names A - G
  • Jennifer Burek - Department Secretary

STUDENT BODY

  • 730 Students
DEMOGRAPHICS
 
76% Caucasian
13% African American
5% Middle Eastern/Chaldean
1% Asian
2% Indian
2% Multiracial
1% Hispanic
 
 
*ACT Composite 2015-2016
Mercy: 25.2
Michigan: 20.3
National: 20.8
ACT Composite 2014-2015
Mercy: 24.6
Michigan: 20.1
National: 21
 
*SAT I Scores
2015-16 Critical Reading / Math / Writing
Mercy Mean 596 / 566 / 566
Michigan Mean 594 / 608 / 581
National Mean 494 / 508 / 482
2014-15 Critical Reading / Math / Writing
Mercy Mean 522 / 503 / 524
Michigan Mean 594 / 609 / 585
National Mean 495 / 511 / 484
 
**99% of the Class of 2016 took the ACT; < 1% took the SAT
 
  
Quick Facts
  • The school day is 8:00 a.m. - 2:37 p.m.
  • Average classroom size is 25
  • Enrollment in each grade averages 190
  • Students take up to seven classes per semester
  • University of Michigan and Michigan State were the top 2 schools attended by the Classes of 2010 - 2016.
  • Class of 2016 earned college scholarships totaling over $23 million volunteered over 27,000 hours of community service.

STAFF

  • 89 Staff Members
  • 75% holding masters degree or higher
  • An average of 16 years of teaching experience
  • 19 Mercy High School alumnae

NETWORK FOR MERCY EDUCATION

Mercy is a member of the Network for Mercy Education, a system of 69 secondary and elementary schools in the Americas sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy. The network provides support services for the integration of mission in Mercy schools. The charism of Catherine McAuley, founder of the Sisters of Mercy, and the common Mercy tradition and values are fundamental to the organization. Link to the Network for Mercy Education to learn about Mercy education, visit the sites and locations of all Mercy schools, access Network program information, access information about the Sisters of Mercy, and much more.

Mercy Secondary Education Association Mission

Mercy High School is a member of the Mercy Secondary Education Association (MSEA). The network includes 43 Sisters of Mercy sponsored high schools in America, serving over 20,000 students. The Mercy Secondary Education Association is an organization founded by the Sisters of Mercy to provide a national forum to enhance and further the Mercy charism in secondary education. Rooted in the tradition of Catherine McAuley, foundress of the Sister of Mercy. It seeks to bond together Sisters of Mercy and their colleagues in the ministry of secondary education. The education association fosters development of value-centered education in the Roman Catholic tradition with particular concern for young women and the poor.

Mercy Values

Human Dignity, Mercy, Justice, Service, Option for the Poor

DID YOU KNOW...

  • 99% of Mercy students attend college or university.
  • 88% of Mercy students attend first choice college or university.
  • Mercy has been recognized as an Apple Distinguished School
  • Mercy's 14,000+ alumnae can be found in 49 states and on every continent.
  • All students have the opportunity to participate in a variety of spiritual retreats.
  • All students utilize an iPad in a wireless educational environment.
  • 21 student athletes committed to play a college sport in 2015
  • Mercy publishes a community magazine, MOSAIC, student newspaper, Newsprint, a yearbook, Lore, and an anthology of student poetry, Images.
  • Mercy was one of the first schools in the nation to be named exemplary.
  • The Art Department is considered one of the finest in Michigan and students receive Regional and National Art Awards.
  • Mercy swim team has 8 state championships and captured the Catholic League title 49 times.
  • 2016 Softball State Champions; 2016 Ice Hockey State Champions
  • The Performing Arts Department annually produces a fall play, Christmas concert, spring musical and spring choral concert.