Academic Program

Our Lady of Mercy Academy offers College Prep, Honors, Dual Credit, and Advanced Placement courses. Students take eight academic courses per year.  The following is an overview of our Course of Study andCurriculum Guide for the 2019-2020 school year. 

Required Courses for Freshmen:
  • Math (Algebra I, Honors Algebra I, Honors Geometry, Honors Algebra II)
  • Literature  (Literature I, Honors Literature I)
  • Science (Biology, Honors Biology)
  • History (World Geography & Cultures)
  • Religion (Religion I)
  • Foreign Language (Spanish I, Spanish II or online foreign language)
  • Leadership, Life Skills, Technology Part 1 (Bravery Training, Lifetime Fitness, Public Speaking)
Required Courses for Sophomores:
  • Math (Geometry, Honors Geometry, Algebra II, Honors Algebra II, Honors Precalculus)
  • Literature (Literature II, Honors Literature II)
  • Science (Chemistry, Honors Chemistry)
  • History (US History I, Honors US History I)
  • Religion (Religion II)
  • Foreign Language (Spanish II, Honors Spanish III or online foreign language)
  • Leadership, Life Skills, Technology Part 2 (STEM 101, Digital Communication, Financial Literacy)
Required Courses for Juniors:
  • Math (Algebra II, Honors Algebra II, Precalculus, Honors Precalculus)
  • Literature (Literature III, Honors Literature III)
  • Science (Anatomy and Physiology, Honors Anatomy and Physiology, Chemistry II, Exercise Science, Environmental Science)
  • History (US History II, Honors US History II, AP US History)
  • Religion (Religion III)
  • Two electives (3rd year of a foreign language recommended)
Required Courses for Seniors:
  • Math (Precalculus, Honors Precalculus, AP Calculus, Probability and Statistics)
  • Literature (Literature IV, Honors Literature IV, AP Literature)
  • Religion (Religion IV)
  • Four electives 
Elective Courses:

Advanced Art
Anatomy & Physiology
AP Calculus
AP Chemistry (12th)
AP Computer Science
AP Psychology
Chemistry II
Exercise Science
Graphic Design
H Anatomy & Physiology
H Physics (12th)
H Spanish 3 & 4
H World Civilization (12th)
Intermediate Art
Probability & Statistics (12th)
Sign Language

Online Courses:

Students have the ability to take courses not offered at OLMA online through Educere.  This supervised online learning program provides opportunities for learning outside of the walls of the school while delivering and promoting valuable distance learning skills and abilities. 

Mini-Mester Courses:

Through a week-long experiential learning program, the OLMA Mini-Mester delivers a wide variety of experiences and learning opportunities.  A complete catalog of available Minimester courses is provided to students each year. Past Mini-Mester courses include: Canada – Language & Culture; Service with Special Needs Children & Adults; Kings, Queens & Leprechauns – London & Ireland;  Biodiversity in Florida; The Many Facets of Broadway; Photography, & The Business of Sports. This year’s selection of Mini-Mester courses include: Surf/Yoga Retreat & Biological Survey – Costa Rica; Down to Earth – Yellowstone National Park; Exploring New Orleans;  Artist’s Retreat in the Pocono Mountains; CSI – Forensic Chemistry; Service at St. John of God; Culinary Arts; Spain Exchange Program & Compassion Quest – service projects planned and executed by students.  To learn more about Mini-Mesters, click here


In addition to our daily academic curriculum students enjoy a variety of enrichment opportunities in many different areas throughout the school year. Some of these include:

  • International Exchange Program
  • Music and Theater Programs
  • 15+ School Clubs
  • Job Shadow Program
  • Alumnae Career Fair
  • Mock-Interview Program
  • College Common Application Essay Writing Boot Camp
  • Experiential Academic Field Trips

OLMA is accredited by the Middle States Association of Secondary Schools & Colleges.  We are also a member of the National Catholic Education Association and the National Coalition of Girls’ Schools. 

Contact us to find out more today.

photo of gianna capriotti and anesthesiologist during OLMA job shadow program