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    Mercersburg Academy ::: Mercersburg, Pennsylvania ::: Northeast U.S.

    Mercersburg Academy, Mercersburg, Pennsylvania 

    • Spacious 300 acre (121 hectares) campus with magnificent buildings and within driving distance to Philadelphia and New York City and 90 minutes from Washington DC
    • 441 students (grades 9-12); 23% international; average class size 11 students; student/faculty ratio 5:1
    • Coeducational boarding school with no religious affiliation
    • Many notable and award-winning alumni including 48 Olympians, seven Rhodes Scholars, one Nobel Laureate
    • University placements include Carnegie Mellon University, Stanford University among others
    • No ESL offered




    4 seasons, some snow in winter

    Student Body

    441 students (grades 9-12), 23% International

    Average Class Size

    11 students


    105 faculty; 75% with advanced degrees

    Student/Faculty Ratio


    College Placement

    100% university placements including Carnegie Mellon University, Stanford University, University of Pennsylvania, Vanderbilt University, Yale University among others.

    Honors & AP

    Advanced Placement: Art History, Biology, Calculus AB & BC, Chemistry, Chinese, Comparative Government & Politics, Computer Science, Economics, English Language & Composition, English Literature & Composition, Environmental Science, European History, French, German, Latin, Physics, Spanish, Statistics, US History, World History

    Honors: Algebra, Chemistry, French, Geometry, Justice, Latin, Physics, Pre-Calculus, QF Seminar, Spanish, World Literature

    Marking System

    Grades and teacher comments are reported at the fall, winter and spring interims.

    Programs of Study

    The minimum graduation requirements for grades 9 through 12 are as follows:

    English - 12 credits
    Mathematics - 9 credits
      (Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II)
    History - 9 credits
      (Ancient World History, US History or American Studies)
    Science - 9 credits 
      (Biology, Chemistry or Physics)
    Fine Arts - 4 credits
      (2 credits in 9th & 2 credits in 10th from performance/studio courses in two different areas: Art, Dance, Music, Theatre)
    Foreign Language - 9 credits
    Religion - 1 credit

    Physical Education
      (must pass one course at each grade level)

    Must pass the swimming proficiency test.

    Completion of either MAPS or Springboard course 

    World Languages offered: Chinese, French, German, Latin, Spanish  

    SAT Score: Average SAT score = 2015; Average ACT score = 29


    Mercersburg Academy is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.


    Sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Field Hockey, Football, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Squash, Swimming & Diving, Tennis, Track & Field, Volleyball, Wrestling


    Acting, Studio Arts, Band Performance, Ceramics, Choral Performance, Dance, Digital Imaging, Photography, Video, Guitar, Percussion, Sculpture, Speech, Stagecraft, String Performance

    Extracurricular Activities

    Clubs and Activities: Academic Team, African-American Student Union, Book Club, Chapel Choir, Chess Club, French Club, Green Team, Literary Society, Jazz Band, Meditation Club, Model UN, Octet, Photography Club, Science Club, Ski Club, Spanish Club, String Ensemble, Student Activities Committee, Voices for Justice


    Academic building with state-of-the-art facilities, Arts center with 2 theaters, 2 dance studios, recital hall, art studios, art gallery, digital arts lab, Athletic center with 3 basketball /volleyball courts, fitness and wellness facility, swimming pool, 10 squash courts, wrestling center, 11 athletic fields, Chapel, Dining hall, Language and media center, Library, Outdoor education center with climbing wall, 7 residence halls, Tennis center with 14 courts


    Mercersburg does not offer ESL within the academic program.  Students typically attend the ESL + Intensive Summer English Language Program offered on campus.