A private Catholic high school, Mount Saint Mary Academy focuses on empowering young women to be their best selves in a supportive and spiritual atmosphere of high moral standards. The institution offers a wealth of opportunities for students, from challenging college-prep academics to more than 50 clubs, athletic teams and extracurricular activities to community service programs and parent organizations.

“Our mission is to develop our students academically, athletically, socially and spiritually so they graduate as young women who are grounded in their morals and faith,” says Director of Enrollment Management Donna Venezia Toryak. “We believe that challenging our students will prepare them to succeed in the future—and we want them to feel inspired to share their unique talents with others.”

Founded in 1908 by the Sisters of Mercy, the Mount is proud of its 100 percent college acceptance rate; the 62 graduates of the Class of 2023 earned more than $23 million in scholarships. At Mount Saint Mary Academy, young women learn and grow as individuals in a supportive atmosphere where they develop a strong sisterhood and become well-equipped to face the challenges of their future.

The school has also developed a vast network of alumnae who support students as they prepare for college as well as to help secure internships or employment opportunities.

“One of the most complimentary remarks we receive is that we are such a warm and welcoming community,” Toryak says. “If there was one word I would use to describe our school, it would be ‘nurturing’—our teachers and administrators are always here to support each young woman to be as successful as she can.”

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