Promoting a Healthy Community Culture


Mercersburg Academy is committed to the safety and well-being of our students and all community members. We believe in creating a positive, respectful, and nurturing culture where adult presence and mentorship frame and support positive peer interactions promoting a healthy and safe environment for our students to learn and grow. In the architecture of Mercersburg’s day, students are surrounded by faculty and staff who are trained to notice changes in routine and look for signs, both physical and emotional, to ensure students are doing well in health and spirit while also encouraging independent growth and development appropriate for their age-level. We are proud of the program we’ve set forth and will continue to do our best to meet the needs of our students and community in an ever-changing and complex world.

The following outlines school policies and procedures that represent a snapshot of our current practices designed to support a healthy community culture. We review our practices annually and amend as necessary. If you wish to learn more about an area, please email the Office of Student Life.

Parents and families play an integral role in the success of their child while at the school, and it’s important to keep them up-to-date on everything happening on campus. The school offers several ways for parents to be more connected to their child while away.

White Key

The school’s parent volunteer organization is called White Key. This group is dedicated to supporting and connecting families of current students. They encourage attendance at regional Mercersburg events, lend a hand at the annual Family and Alumni Weekend, and organize mid-term treats for students. They also attend school fairs and other admission events, where they speak to prospective families.

Family and Alumni Weekend

This fun-filled fall weekend is a special time for parents: it’s a time for the students to show off their school and all they’ve done in their first few weeks. Parents and other relatives are invited to “be a student” for a few days. The weekend includes class visits, a Q&A with faculty, college counseling sessions, adviser meetings, athletics and arts events, Step Songs and a bonfire, and much more.

Parent News

Every Wednesday, the weekly Parent News e-newsletter is sent to parents to give them a snapshot of what students are doing. This e-mail includes interviews with faculty, staff, and students, important date reminders, and updates on changes in policies and procedures.

White Book

A yearly publication of White Key, the White Book serves as a resource for parents. Topics are written from a parent’s point of view and include items such as tips for Move-In Day, what to pack, what to expect when communicating with your child, visiting your child, Mercersburg Academy traditions to know, and a list of local “extras,” like where the malls, movie theaters, and houses of worship are located. The book also includes ways parents can help their child integrate emotionally into boarding school life. The book is reviewed and updated annually, and can be found in the Parent Portal.