As the fall term draws to a close, there is only one thing left on the agenda for students at Mercersburg Academy: the dreaded and sometimes frightening fall-term exams. For some, it feels like just yesterday that teachers were handing out course syllabi. Now, students’ hearts begin to race when they flip the calendar to realize there’s only one more week left until exams. Others have been anxiously awaiting this week and are ready to tackle exams with full force. Regardless of which category students fall into, one thing is for sure about exams: preparation can make or break your performance.
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Yellowing leaves fall to the ground heavy with rain, and the air is full of the deep pervading chill that accompanies Pennsylvania autumns. An ominous feeling that something might be lurking in the shadows has students walking just a little faster to the Simon Student Center. Inside Rutledge, the Edwards Room is full of screams. Halloween season at Mercersburg Academy has begun.
By Quentin McDowell Assistant Head of School for Enrollment
Each year, we enroll roughly 160 new students at Mercersburg Academy. Representatives from our Admission Office travel throughout the country and around the world to promote the school, and every prospective student who inquires about Mercersburg receives carefully curated print and digital communications. But despite the lengths we go to in order to spread the good word about Mercersburg, the most powerful tool we have to attract new families is a force that comes from beyond our walls: you, our current families.
There is nothing quite like the fall term at Mercersburg Academy. It goes from blistering heat in September to cold, crisp weather by November. The leaves change color and begin to fall, signaling the winter to come. Campus is beautiful, and there is no better way to experience this beauty than by participating on a fall sports team like girls' cross country.
This past weekend, amid the excitement and celebration of Family and Alumni Weekend, the College Counseling Office enjoyed the opportunity to become better acquainted with our Senior and Upper Middler families. As I reflect on these conversations, I am reminded of how valuable these parent interactions are to ensure that students, parents, and counselors alike work as a team to help students tell their stories. To quote Sally O’Rourke, our director of college counseling, we like to think about ourselves as storytellers, helping students to learn about themselves and communicate their unique experiences to colleges.
By Susan Rahauser, Director of Counseling Services
Despite how prepared my husband and I were back when we moved our youngest child into the dormitory at Mercersburg Academy, we had, and occasionally still have, moments when the reality of our children growing up and leaving the nest stirs up strong emotions.
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. 300 East Seminary Street, Mercersburg, PA 17236 GPS Address: 10951 Buchanan Trail West, Mercersburg, PA 17236 717-328-6173