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  • A Place for You

    Adolescence is a time of rich discovery and tremendous growth. You are exploring your independence, challenging yourself with new experiences, and envisioning a horizon that is filled with potential. The unique opportunity of boarding school allows you to explore your independence in a safe and supportive learning environment while also stimulating your curiosity and pushing you to limits that you never thought possible.

    At Mercersburg, you will be expected to embrace the concept of community by living among your peers who will herald from across the country and the globe. They will challenge you to consider perspectives that are different from your own while becoming lifelong friends who will inspire you to be your authentic self in everything you do. Almost 125 years ago, Dr. William Mann Irvine set forth a vision for Mercersburg Academy that was rooted in the importance of character and community. Today’s school embodies those values in a way that I have never seen before in any high school. The culture of Mercersburg is kind and accepting. If you want to be exposed to an incredible breadth of programs, be challenged in your endeavors both in and outside of the classroom, and feel welcomed and a part of something bigger than yourself, then this is the place for you.

    In my first year as head of school, I find myself filled with genuine pride in our community each and every day. We have dedicated faculty and staff who are passionate about what they do and are committed to the growth of our students; we have students who truly love their school and find a healthy balance in all that they do; but most importantly we have a culture that inspires everyone to be their best self. This is a place where individual humility is valued and a strong sense of collective pride is alive. I promise, you want to be part of this. It’s something truly special – a school like no other!

    Please come visit us. Meet our students, talk with our faculty, and experience our beautiful campus and rich history. Most importantly, we hope you will find a second home.

    Katherine M. Titus
    Head of School
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Founded in 1893 in the heart of Pennsylvania and the Mid-Atlantic, Mercersburg is a private, coed, college preparatory boarding school with approximately 440 students (15 percent are day), grades 9-12 and postgraduate.
We offer 170 courses, including AP and Honors, more than $6 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 to New York City, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh.
300 East Seminary Street, Mercersburg PA 17236
717-328-6173