THE DAY BEGINS
Some students get up as early as 6 a.m. for a workout, swim, or run before breakfast, while others roll out of bed at 8 a.m. just in time for a shower and a bite to eat before class.
Take your pick: omelets made to order, cereal, oatmeal, fresh fruit, waffles, and other hot and cold choices are available every morning in the dining hall.
8:50 a.m. is a later start time than most schools, and it’s intentional. Research shows that you’ll benefit academically from extra sleep in the morning.
Family-style lunch (at 11:55 a.m.) is a Mercersburg tradition, and it gives you the chance to get to know different peers and faculty throughout the school year as you rotate through table assignments.
Built-in time after lunch provides an opportunity for you to meet with your teachers or adviser, connect with your college counselor, get help with your coursework, or just relax.
After two or three more classes, the school day ends at 3:40 p.m. (2:25 p.m. on Tuesdays) for afternoon activities.
Performance Group Activities include sports, dance, Stony Batter (theatre and tech crew), outdoor education, community engagement, Model UN, and robotics. PGAs typically meet from 4 to 6 p.m.
Family-style dinner in the dining hall on Mondays (semi-formal), Wednesdays, and Thursdays begins at 6:30 p.m. All other evening meals are buffet-style.
Most students use the time right after dinner to meet with clubs, hang out with friends, grab a snack at the True Blue Café, or get a head start on homework.
QUIET HOURS AND STUDY TIME
Ninth-, 10th-, and 11th-grade boarding students must sign in to their dorms by 8 p.m. Ninth graders attend supervised study hall (for part of the school year), while all other students have quiet hours until final sign-in at 10 p.m.
THE DAY ENDS
Ninth and 10th graders must be ready for bed by 10:45 p.m., and 11th and 12th graders must be in their rooms at 11.
THE WEEKEND BEGINS
in the Simon Student Center, dorm common rooms, or around campus
in the dining hall
that include athletic contests and arts performances
to museums and professional sporting events in Baltimore and D.C.
to local shopping malls, movie theaters, and restaurants
with friends, movies, and dances on campus