Upper School


We emphasize the importance of academic excellence as one of the essential principles of a Mercy education along with compassion, service, justice, global awareness, and the dignity of each human being. Our faculty has the freedom to create a challenging curriculum that centers on five key indicators of highly engaging and relevant instruction:

  1. Active and collaborative learning
  2. Enriching educational experiences
  3. Appropriate academic challenges
  4. Supportive campus environment
  5. Interaction between faculty and students

Faculty work in academic cohorts across divisions to ensure that the curriculum integrate essentials 21st century skills and provides a solid foundation for future study.

Essential 21st Century Skills

Four skills have emerged as essential to prepare students for the challenges of life in the new millennium: creativity, collaboration, critical thinking, and communication. We design each Upper School course – whether our core curriculum or rigorous Advancement Placement courses – so that students master content while also honing these skills. We use assessment results from the PSAT to adjust our curriculum and shape the Upper School academic experience to meet the needs of students.

Innovative Strategies

Robust and progressive use of technology enhances the Upper School experience. Upon enrollment, each student receives an iPad for personal use throughout the academic year.  Using iPads in the classroom gives students the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge creatively; this technology enhances but does not replace traditional methods of instruction that continue to serve students well as they matriculate through the Upper School program. Our facilities offer state-of-the-art computer labs,  virtual labs, and other interactive technologies that enhance the learning experience.


A seven-period schedule rotates each week to ensure that students have the opportunity to take courses at different points in the day within a seven-week cycle. A study period occurs at the end of every school day to allow students extra time to meet with teachers individually for additional assistance.


Mount de Sales offers a rigorous college preparatory program with extensive honors and Advanced Placement courses in most subject areas. A broad range of elective courses across the curriculum enhances course offerings in eight academic areas:  English, mathematics, world languages, social studies, theology, science, fine arts, and technology.  Students can earn college credit through dual enrollment courses. Mount de Sales partners with Georgia Tech and Wesleyan College in dual enrollment.

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  • Challenged to Innovate

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