Students and Families

Since the spring, Mercersburg Academy has been working diligently to understand the impact of COVID-19 and to develop protocols to protect our community. We knew that planning to open to on-campus learning would be complex and would also require significant resources in order to feel confident in this direction. At this time, our goal is to protect those in our community who are most vulnerable while delivering on our mission for our students. We all must recognize that the way we live and learn together will look different, but in order to have the privilege of being on campus, we will make the necessary sacrifices to protect our community members most susceptible to the virus. Should we receive new information in the coming weeks or months that impacts our plans, we will communicate promptly with our families. But for now, we are continuing to prepare to welcome our students back to campus with the guidance of medical experts and state policies, both of which currently support our initial plans to return to campus learning.

School Leadership Q&A Webinars

July 21, 2020: Return to Campus 
July 22, 2020: Day Students
July 23, 2020: Students Living Abroad
July 23, 2020: Domestic Boarding Students​​​​​​​

Important Dates And Travel Information

  • Domestic Boarding Students: If you are within driving distance of the school (“within driving distance” refers to those families who can drive from their homes to school and back in the same day), you will be expected to move your belongings into the dorm between August 15 and August 20. The Office of Student Life will send out a sign-up sheet for times soon. Students will not stay on campus, but will return home to self-quarantine for 14 days before returning to school. This process will allow us to ensure effective physical distancing while providing families with the opportunity to set up rooms together. Students living in the U.S. but not within driving distance must self-quarantine at home for 14 days before returning to school.

  • Students Living Abroad: Students coming to the U.S. from other countries should monitor CDC guidelines for reentry, which currently include a 14-day quarantine. As a result, both new and returning students living abroad are required to arrive in the U.S. at least 14 days prior to their prescribed arrival date:

    Student Leaders: Quarantine in U.S on or before August 21; arrive to school on September 4
    New Students: Quarantine in U.S. on or before August 23; arrive to school on September 6
    Returning Students: Quarantine in U.S. on or before August 28; arrive to school on September 10

    We ask families who are able to quarantine off campus during that time to do so. We also recognize that this may not be possible for everyone and will work with families to provide a safe quarantine option on campus if necessary. Students who elect to quarantine on campus must arrive Friday, August 21—two weeks prior to the arrival of other students. There will be an additional nominal fee for this service of $250 per week. Students planning to arrive after August 21 who need to be quarantined locally should contact Chris Howes for more information.

  • Virtual Orientation: Due to restrictions on having large gatherings of people on campus, we will provide virtual orientation opportunities for our new students and families in August. We will communicate those opportunities to you by August 1. In addition, once students are on campus, we will conduct our on-campus orientation for students to acclimate to school life.

Enrollment and Tuition


Health and Safety

Day Students