Academics

Experiential learning. Every day.

Whether investigating in a ninth-grade biology lab, choreographing a piece in dance composition, crafting an innovative algorithm, or writing a novel, a Mercersburg Academy student can imagine, make, and present creative work in class, for the school community, or even beyond the boundaries of campus. 

Students in chemistry class synthesize their skills to develop their own lab procedures. Seniors in rapid app development solve real problems like how to design and assemble a more affordable bomb-defusing robot for police departments. Students in English class lead a scholarly discussion about Moby-Dick and then go on to hold a well-informed exchange about Brexit in the Quinn-Ferguson Honors Seminar.

We have so much going on, but students don’t have to do any of this alone. Mercersburg provides help periods embedded into each day and Help Centers for writing, math, science, and foreign languages are open and available in the evenings and often during a student’s free periods.

So instead of merely collecting facts that are already available in the palms of their hands, students at Mercersburg learn how to find and access deep and diverse resources (including an active and engaged alumni network), apply their knowledge, and create original work.

Beyond Advanced Placement

After careful research and planning, Mercersburg has moved beyond the Advanced Placement designation. Read more about what this means for our students and their college matriculations. 

Top STEM School

In 2019, Mercersburg was named to Newsweek’s Top 500 STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) High Schools for 2020, and was among the top 10 schools in Pennsylvania.

2021 Community Read

More information about Mercersburg Academy’s 2021 community read will be announced on April 28. Stay tuned! 




“When we tell learners to complete an assignment, we get compliance. When we empower learners to investigate how to make an impact
on the world, we inspire problem solvers and innovators.

— Katie Martin of Altitude Learning