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Our Lady Of Mercy High School

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Posted September 7, 2013

My daughter has just started her 2nd year at Mercy. I thought we would never send our children to a private school. When the public school began failing in their responsibility we looked at other possibilities.Our family has never looked back since her first day at Mercy. It is a truly remarkable school. Everyone is treated with respect which leads to such an awesome learning environment .
—Submitted by a parent

Posted December 6, 2012

I am a graduate of Mercy. The students there are truly amazing and I have made life long friends with many of my classmates. Many of the teachers are also so great. They were supportive and kind, but others I think I could have done better without. The administration for the most part was pretty good, but did not know how to handle certain situations very well. Some of the classes were helpful in preparing me for college courses, but it would have been nice to have a little more help in the application process. But overall, I wouldn't trade my education there for anything and I would recommend it to future students.

Posted April 20, 2012

I am a graduate of Mercy, one to the best things my parents could have done for me. I came in at 10th grade with hesitation that it would be hard to adjust and make friends. I was so wrong, today 21 years later I am still friends with all of them and keep in contact. I came to my reunion last year and hadn't seen some of them for over 15 years but it was just like yesterday we had lunch. Teachers are amazing! My daughter is now there and loves everything. She has some of the same teachers as I had, for some to say some of these teachers are not as qualified as others is a mistake. All the teachers are qualified and go out of their way to adjust their lessons to what is necessary depending on students individuality and understanding. The only complaint I have is that the girls wear the uniform so sloppy. I wish that they would realize how important it is and that they are representing one of the best schools in Monroe County. I tell my daughter it is a privledge to go to this school not a right. Upon graduation, I had several college acceptances and scholarships. Mercy was #1 when it came to the college process. Thank you Mercy for all the memories and education.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted December 7, 2010

My daughter goes to this school and I can honestly tell you this school is fantastic. I have two other children who have gone to public school and there is no comparison between the two. I would highly recommend this school to any young lady that is looking to become the best she can be.
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Posted November 22, 2010

Your experience at Mercy will depend upon whether you are a 'legacy' and WHO you are. Financial assistance is extended to almost everyone upon enrolling, but after a few years, only those who are 'connected' receive mysterious scholarships, honors, internships, etc. If you are a 'nobody', your tuition will double in time, and your scholastic record will be manipulated to fall under those who are 'important'. Many impressive after school programs are reserved solely for those who have the right pedigree. If you are an 'insider', Mercy will be a wonderful world for you. If not, you are better off at another school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 10, 2009

What we're getting for the money is inferior to what the public school in our district offers. Teachers in particular are below average and the emphasis is on religion and sports, not academics. My daughter is an excellent student who has needed some support from the staff on occasion. The staff for the most part did not return calls and the guidance counselors were worthless. For the most part I feel as if the staff believes they are doing me a favor by having my daughter there. I have no intention of sending our other daughter to MercyHS.
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Posted July 10, 2009

Mercy is so much more than just a school-it's a community. I have had the opportunity to get to know all of my classmates; I am so glad that I have been able to share high school with all of them. All of the students at Mercy come to the aid of others. In the 2008-2009 school year, my classmates faced many struggles. Our class worked together to comfort those girls and let them know that we would always be there for them. Mercy teaches us to be strong, independent women who can make a difference.
—Submitted by a student

Posted June 10, 2009

My daughter went from a public school to Mercy and she loves it. im very satisfied
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 2, 2008

I love Our Lady of Mercy High School. Even though I am only in my 8th grade year, I have been enjoying it so far. My grade are amazing and the teachers are really great. They want you to succeed. I give two thumbs up for OLMHS and I would recommend this school or my school any girl and promise her that she will have the greatest experience of her life at Our Lady of Mercy High School.
—Submitted by a student

Posted August 31, 2008

The students are warm and friendly and there are many positives about a single sex education. The administration? Not so warm and friendly. Nor are they responsive to any concerns, at least in our experience. If you have not attended OLM in middle school it is difficult to be placed in any of the honors classes for eventual placement in AP classes. While there are many sports at OLM, they are 'club' teams, and as a parent you absorb all the costs and must transport to any practices or meets. The teachers are humorless and for the most part uninspiring.
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Posted April 8, 2008

My daughter is in her senior year at Mercy, and for the most part she has had a positive experience. The girls she have met are wonderful, however not all of the teachers are very qualified. There are some outstanding teachers, but others do not understand their material and become annoyed when asked for extra help. Another problem is the excessive rules, for example students are forbidden from wearing backless shoes, like clogs, because they are a 'safety hazard.' The administration does not listen to the students either when they have a problem. The environment is sometimes suffocating.
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Posted November 4, 2007

My daughter is in her sophomore year at OLM, and she is in love with the school. She came last year from the public schools, and was accepted with open arms. My main concerns were academics and atmosphere, and I have been very impressed with both of these areas. The academics are much better than other high schools that I've looked at, and very individualized. The atmosphere is amazing at Mercy. The students are very caring and understanding, and the school really nurtures those values. There is really no bullying, and the only problems that I've heard about with that is with the current Junior class ('09). Another benefit is the guidance counselor. They truly listen to your daughter's needs in school and for college. I have been very impressed with how they place girls for college: not for prestige, but for their personal fit.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 4, 2007

I am a current Senior at Mercy, and I have gone here from 7-12. I came from St. Louis School in Pittsford, and I don't regret my decision. The academics are spectacular, allowing you to learn the necessary things, but still individualizing everything to suit your needs. For example, I am very interested in Writing, and so I have signed up for writing courses and worked with the teachers one on one. Also, I know another big thing people want to know about are the guidance counselors. Well, at Mercy ours are amazing. They really listen to what you want and/or need in a school, and find the perfect one for you. They also offer courses for the SATs or College Admission Applications. Because of them, I have already been accepted early-decision to three different schools. I loved Mercy, and I know that you will, too.
—Submitted by a student

Posted August 9, 2007

I am a former student at Mercy, and I have to say that I absolutely loved it. The teachers were great, and they really knew what they were teaching. You always felt that you could turn to them no matter what the problem, school-related or not. The classes are small (about 15 kids), which allows for an individualized atmosphere, and ensures that you grasp all the material presented. The college counselor is also very good. She really listened to what I wanted, and found my dream college, Mount Holyoke. Most girls I know got into their top choice, and I did, too. The food, also, is very good, offering a wide selection that is very tasty. I, personally, transferred from Allendale Columbia, a private school in Brighton, for high school, and I don't regret my decision. At Mercy, I found what I needed: great teachers, students, and academics.

Posted August 7, 2007

I am a student at Mercy, and I went to middle school at another school, but then decided to come here for the academics and all-female population. I have to say that there is no other place that I could have gone that would have made me feel this confident, academically and socially. If you or your daughter would like a school that has great academics, great teachers, and a great atmosphere, I would definitely recommend Our Lady of Mercy.
—Submitted by a student

Posted December 20, 2006

As an alumni (from within the past 6 years) I can say that Mercy was a great force is shaping me into woman I am today. I hear of what other girls went through at other schools and am happy that I did not have to experience gender discrimination in the classroom or the other pitfalls of today's high school environment. Mercy turns out well educated, independent and driven women who care about the world around them. I participated in an number of well funded extracurricular activities and my parents say it was the best investment.
—Submitted by a former student

Posted February 26, 2005

The program selection is decent but the teachers who are teaching don't know the thing they are supposed to teach and if they do they are not willing to help. there is only a select group of teachers that can actually teach. We are also losing these teachers to school like McQuaid because we don't pay well enough.
—Submitted by a student

Posted December 10, 2004

My daughter had only a few really good teachers. One of the math teachers was a very qualified teaching professional, as were all of the english teachers. However, the rest of the teachers were not fit for teaching. My daughter had to teach a lot of material to herself. Aside from the poor teachers, the facility itself was in a sorry state. The new addition ate up our tuition money, and there is no doubt that it is very nice. However, this part of the school does not get much use by the students. They had to fight the faculty in order to use the new gallery during study halls. The rest of the school, where the girls spend the majority of the school day, is dirty, falling apart, and caustic to the eyes. The cafeteria is incredibly unclean, and does not look fit for eating purposes. Do not go here.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 30, 2004

Both my daughters achieved great success here and developed excellent study/work habits which have led to acceptance in ivy league schools and high paying jobs. More important, they learned to be concerned about others - and show great compassion toward those in need. My husband and I could not be happier.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 23, 2004

Daughter teaches here and likes it very much. Progressive school that encourages individuality allowing teachers to try new ideas.

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Ethnicity This school State average
White 84% 52%
Black 8% 21%
Asian 3% N/A
Hispanic 3% 21%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander N/A 6%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% N/A
Two or more races 0% N/A
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

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1437 Blossom Road
Rochester, NY 14610
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