THE DAY BEGINS
Some students get up as early as 6 a.m. for a workout or swim before breakfast, while others roll out of bed at 8 a.m. just in time for a shower and a bite before class.
Take your pick: breakfast offerings may include omelets made to order, hot and cold cereals, fresh fruit, and a waffle bar.
8:50 a.m. is a later start time than most schools, and it’s intentional. Research shows that teens benefit academically from extra sleep in the morning.
Built-in time between morning classes provides an opportunity for you to meet with your teachers or adviser group, get help with your coursework, or just relax. One day a week this time is also used for a school meeting.
Family-style lunch is a Mercersburg tradition, and it gives you the chance to meet new peers and faculty throughout the school year as you rotate through table assignments. One lunch per week is reserved for your adviser group.
After two more classes, the school day ends at 3:10 p.m. (earlier on Tuesdays) for afternoon activities. A 30-minute break gives you time to grab a snack before PGAs.
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.
Beginning at 6:15 p.m., dinner is served family style Mondays and Wednesdays and buffet style other evenings. Monday dinners are semiformal, and Thursday dinners are reserved for student clubs to meet.
Most students use this time to hang out with friends, have a snack at the True Blue Café, or get a head start on homework.
QUIET HOURS AND STUDY TIME
9th–11th graders must sign in to their dorms by 8 p.m. but may sign out to visit the library. Final dorm sign-in for all students is 10 p.m.
THE DAY ENDS
9th–10th graders must be ready for bed by 10:45 p.m., and 11th–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