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:
- Active and collaborative learning
- Enriching educational experiences
- Appropriate academic challenges
- Supportive campus environment
- 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.
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.
Core Academic Program
9th Grade: English I, Theology I, Physics or Physics (H), Latin I, Spanish I, French I, & Algebra I, Health
10th Grade: English II, Theology II, Chemistry or Chemistry (H), World History, Geometry
11th Grade: English III: American Literature, Social Justice, Faith & Reason, Biology or Biology (H), US History, & Algebra II
12th Grade: English IV: Voices of the Modern Era, Theology Electives, US Government, Economics, & Advanced Algebra
Academic Rigor: Honors and Advanced Placement Electives
Honors: Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Latin IV, Geometry, Algebra II, & Pre-Calculus/Trig, Calculus, Organic Chemistry, Computer Programming
Advanced Placement: AP Physics I, AP Physics II, AP Chemistry, AP Biology, AP Latin, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Statistics, AP Computer Science Principles, AP English Language, AP English Literature, AP World History, AP US History, AP US Government, AP Macroeconomics, AP Psychology, AP Art History, AP Studio Art, AP Seminar
Dual Enrollment: College Algebra, College Statistics; College English I, College English II, Intermediate College French I, Intermediate College French II, Intermediate College Spanish I, Intermediate College Spanish I
Academic Interest: Additional Coursework
General: SAT Prep and Practice
Theology: Holocaust Studies, World Religions, Philosophy, Faith in the Modern World
Technology: Digital Technology, Computer-Assisted Design & Introduction to Programming (Honors),
Science: Anatomy and Physiology, Sociobiology, Forensic Science, Geology, Astronomy, Organic Chemistry
Social Studies: African American Studies
Theater Performance/One Act, Technical Theater, Advanced Technical Theater
Visual Arts: Art I, Advanced Art; Ceramic Design; Photography; AP Studio Art
Instrumental Music: Symphonic Band,
Choral Music: Chorale
Wellness: Athletic Fitness
AP Capstone Diploma Program, Senior Practicum, and the STEP Program
At Mount de Sales, students are able to chart an individualized academic path through a wide variety of engaging and relevant courses across all academic disciplines and levels of rigor. Additionally, students have two opportunities to tailor their learning to their personal interests. Through the AP Capstone and Senior Practicum experiences, students are able to let their intellectual curiosity guide their learning. Click here for a comparison of these two.
AP Capstone Diploma Program:
AP Capstone Diploma Program is for students who want to have a more research-based experience. Mount de Sales Academy is the only independent school in the region approved to implement this new College Board program. The innovative program allows students to develop the skills that matter most for college success, such as research, collaboration, and communication. Students will take AP Seminar their junior year and AP Research their senior year. Students may receive an official certificate or diploma from the College Board upon successful completion and based on AP scores requirements.
Students who prefer practical experience can opt for the Senior Practicum program. Students shadow professionals to gain experience in the day-to-day routine in their field of interest and blog about their experience for the duration of the program. Students make a final presentation to teachers, administrators, and peers.
Senior Transition Experience Program (STEP):
Seniors who are particularly interested in exploring career options related to healthcare may apply and be accepted to the STEP program, in partnership with our neighbor, Navicent Health.
More information coming soon for 2021-2022.
National Honor Society
Cum Laude Society
French National Honor Society
Spanish National Honor Society
Latin National Honor Society
Tri-M Music Honor Society
Academic Letter Program
Excellence and Merit Lists
Clubs & Activities
At Mount de Sales, clubs and student activities represent an extension of our mission.
Poised to Discover: World Culture Club, Creative Writing Club, Chess Club, Thespian Society, Board Games Club, Business Leaders Club, Page Break Literary Magazine
Challenged to Innovate: Model United Nations, Gaming Club, LEGO Robotics, Academic Bowl, Math Team, National Latin Exam
Motivated to Serve: Student Council, Key Club, Beta Club, Mercy in Action Program, Environmental Club, Pep Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes
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