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Our Lady Of Mercy Academy

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Posted July 15, 2014

*sigh* It really hurts me to give a bad review to a school. I have never made a review before but I feel this one is necessary. This school is much like the way the girls at the open house describe Sacred Heart Academy. Rude girls, cliques, rude teachers, too expensive, not fun, miserable girls. A lot of my friends from both public and catholic schools go to SHA and say that is nothing like that and enjoy every minute there and seniors are so prepared for college at SHA. There was a girl in my math class who had problems and the teacher was so mean to her everyday. Well, I am transferring along with my friends at OLMA.
—Submitted by a student

Posted June 16, 2014

As a parent, I feel that I have made a terrible decision for my daughter. I talk to parents who have just decided to put their child in the school and I hear many say that they are pulling out their child or are planning to. This school charges you for everything on top of their constantly growing tuition. Worst part is, I hear after freshman year you cannot leave and many parents just want their child to go to Disney trip and then leave. My child doesn't like the teachers and the girls are always talking about parties, drinking, and their rich life. The grades academically for the school I see are not very high and I am probably better off sending my daughter to public school. I am disappointed in my decision for my daughter.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 26, 2014

Recently I went to a regatta with my school's crew team. When we started racing against OLMA, our boats collided which I thought was an honest mistake. No big deal, we started over but then it happened again. The girls in the boats attitude was rude and offensive. We let them ahead of us and obviously came in last place. At the end of the race, The OLMA girls boat was talking about our cockswain AND WAS AGAIN RUDE. People from the shore said that we were steering straight and they had cut us off..I understand that maybe the crashing was a mistake,but there IS NO NEED FOR THE ATTITUDE AND THE RUDENESS, the OLMA girls crew team REALLY needs to work on their attitude, PLEASE AND THANK YOU!!! Sincerely, the other boat that you cut off...

Posted January 5, 2014

i did not find mercy appealing at all! i am finishing up my freshman year and it was horrible! 5 people have already left and i dont blame them.i am not doing well academically and i am not making alot of friends as i thought. i miss my old friends and i want to go back. i am not proud at all to be going to mercy. the staff is poor for a highly expensive school.
—Submitted by a student

Posted June 13, 2013

I have just finished my freshman year at Mercy and I enjoyed it very much. Coming from public school, Mercy was a huge change for me. I came knowing no one that was going to the school. I quickly met great friends. Although an all girls school isn't for everyone, it is very beneficial.There is no worrying about your bedhead or your tired looking face. There is no stress to impress any boys. Also, you aren't deprived from males. There are dances and social events with the Chaminade Boys. As for academics, Mercy is good so far. The teachers are very kind and good at there jobs. They are always available when the students need help. I feel that the homework load is manageable and not actually difficult at all. All the girls in the school, no matter what age or grade, all talk and are all friendly. The graduating class of 2013 expressed that they feel extremely prepared for the college life ahead of them. The best part of Mercy is the family feeling. All the people involved in mercy, whether student or faculty, are friendly and work together. God and our faith is involved in all events and prayers are said daily. Mercy is a great school, but like anything, has room for improvement.
—Submitted by a student

Posted February 26, 2013

After going to a public school for eight years and going into Mercy for high school, I did not know what to expect. I did not get what I wished I had out of it. As for teachers: some were better than others, and some were not good teachers at all. I enjoyed having God in my daily life and loved the spiritual aspect of my education. Being an athlete, there were costs for everything: uniforms, a fee for actually playing the sport, transportation fees, etc. My parents spent a lot of money on my high school between all the fees, whatever fee you can think of, Mercy charges you for it! The school is limited on course offerings: my senior year was the first year they offered a psychology and sociology course. I would have liked to see more diverse offerings to give the girls a chance to figure out what they would like to do with their lives. Mercy never gave me the sense of reassuring what my career could potentially be. I went to Nassau my first two years of college and got much more out of it then I did from Mercy. I wish I had stayed in public school for high school because I would have gotten a much more promising education than what Mercy gave me.
—Submitted by a student

Posted June 28, 2010

I have been going to various (ivy) college informational sessions and so far Mercy is right on the money with curriculum. As with any school, it must be the right fit for your child.
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Posted April 29, 2010

As a parent I feel as though I have failed. OLMA is not the school I had hoped for. Academically, it's OK....lots of work...but is the work beneficial?? Religious Education: none. Her freshman and sophomore relgion was just wasted time. Other classes were fine. I expected more from the school. I thought my sending my daughter to a all girls school run by women she would witness strong leadership from woman, she did not. The administration just leaves everything 'status quo'. Leaders Club is supposed to be an 'elite' club: nonsense, it is totally arbitrary. The Athlectic Department: embarrassing. It is embarrassing for the girls to wear the Mercy uniforms. I feel I sent my daughter down the wrong path and feel very bad about it. These are years she can't do over....fortunately, she has met wonderful friends. I am grateful for that.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 27, 2010

The cost is expensive,especially if you are not loaded. During open house administration gives the tuition cost, not including the $100 athletic fee + uniform costs+athletic wear +additional fee + fee...=10, all adds up fast! i see girls leave because they can't afford the cost. The girls aren't given many volunteer opportunities and everything revolves around the white sweater club ('leaders' club) and student council; if a girl dosen't get into these clubs they are rejected from most opportunities. Although the course load can be quite overbearing i find that the girls do well on the regents (above national average), the teachers are extremely dedicated and they are all always available for help. mercy is a great school and I've made some great memories and been on some awesome trips-broadway show, albany-visit state senators, etc. Advice: when choosing a highschool look at three you can picture yourself at, shadow, then choose
—Submitted by a student

Posted January 23, 2010

My daughter began attending this school in September 2009. The teachers are dedicated and very good. The campus setting of rolling hills and beautiful trees is wonderful. The students are some of the nicest girls from all over Long Island. The school is teaching important values free of the distractions and political correctness of a typical co-ed public high school. I highly recommend this school to any parent that wants their daughter to be in a safe, nurturing, yet competitive environment where life long friendships are created and our future leaders are developed.
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Posted January 22, 2010

Our Lady of Mercy Academy did not offer my daughter a good education. Any student could complete the tough curriculum, after putting in hours of effort, and still not get accepted to their ideal colleges. You are better off doing all college apps on your own because the guidance department is incompetent and extremely unhelpful. Do not send your daughter to this school because it will just end up hurting her in the end.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 30, 2007

This school may have a good curriculum and offer a lot of benefits, but is severely lacking in college appeal. The school just does not offer enough diversity to college admissions. Most girls would be better off in a public school.
—Submitted by a student

Posted April 20, 2006

Mercy is a great school that provides a wonderful education for exemplary students. While the course work is very difficult and much homework is given it is worth it when the students do very well on regents exams and SATs. Students are able to participate in various activities while at the same time succeeding academically. The girls can grow spiritually as well as physically through their years at Mercy. Sports Night is a unifying event that every Mercy students should participate in. These three nights allow the students to showcase their routines that they have been practicing for months. Teachers and staff are very kind and willing to help. If you are willing to put in the time and effort, Mercy is a great opportunity for you.
—Submitted by a student

Posted November 27, 2005

Mercy is a good school. It offers many programs, extracurriculars, Honors/AP courses and much more. As a small school, it is very personal.
—Submitted by a student

Posted August 26, 2005

Mercy is a very special school with a wonderful spirit. At Mercy, the girls form close bonds with each other and develop their spirituality. Academically, Mercy is very tough. The amount of studying time and homework time is much more than other highschools. There are various clubs and sports at the school. Some clubs include: art , photography, school paper, literary magazine, chorus, band, Mock Trial, yearbook, volunteer work, and many more. Although this is a small school, the athletics program is very competitive. Art and music programs are developing more and more every year. Parents can be as involved as much or as little as they please. They can chaperone dances, work and run fundraisers, become the class parent for their daughter's homeroom. It is guarenteed that you will see your daughter grow into a well rounded, well educated women after graduating Mercy.
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Ethnicity This school State average
White 93% 52%
Hispanic 4% 21%
Asian 1% N/A
Black 1% 21%
Two or more races 1% N/A
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander N/A 6%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% N/A
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  • Helen M. Lyons
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815 Convent Road
Woodbury, NY 11797
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