Accreditation for Growth

Mercersburg Academy was one of the first schools to be accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools in 1927. We believe in the value of bringing in an outside eye to take a look at what we do and to ensure we meet the 12 foundational standards required of all schools accredited by the Middle States Commission on Secondary Schools. In April 2014, we hosted a visit by a team of five colleagues from peer institutions. They came to campus to examine what we do and to serve as “critical friends” in helping us see how we might continue to improve the work we do to serve our students.

As part of our reaccreditation process, we examined our beliefs in relation to the school's mission and set areas to measure ourselves in student performance (leadership, service, health, and wellness). Although many were involved in the discussions, a planning team made up of students, parents, faculty, and members of the Board of Regents got the work done.

As part of this self-examination, the accreditation for growth team re-examined the school's belief statements. Belief statements are matters of “faith” that serve to inspire us and guide our actions.

For more information, contact Debbie Rutherford (, 717-328-6115).

We believe...

  • that an innovative, interdisciplinary academic program is at the heart of the Mercersburg experience.
  • that living with individuals from many backgrounds and perspectives compels a residential community to live by common core values.
  • that service to others contributes to the betterment of the greater community and ennobles the human spirit.
  • that learning and living abroad facilitates a cosmopolitan world view.
  • that students merit the chance to pursue their interests and develop their abilities.
  • that time for reflection and planning is essential for self-examination and growth.
  • that stewardship of the environment and engagement with the out-of-doors are of utmost importance.
  • that connection to the arts and athletics, through participation and appreciation, inspires.
  • that people can reach beyond perceived limits when they take on physical, creative, and intellectual challenges.
  • that caring for mind, body, and spirit is vital.
  • that leadership and character development underpin the Mercersburg education.
Founded in 1893 in the heart of Pennsylvania and the Mid-Atlantic, Mercersburg is a private, coed, college preparatory boarding school with approximately 435 students (15 percent are day), grades 9-12 and postgraduate.
We offer 170 courses, including AP and Honors, more than $7 million in financial aid, 26 varsity sports, and a state-of-the-art performing and visual arts center.
Located 90 minutes from Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, and within easy driving distance of New York City, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh.
100 Academy Drive, Mercersburg, PA 17236
GPS Address: 10951 Buchanan Trail West, Mercersburg, PA 17236