Mount Saint Mary Academy is about nurturing the whole self. A private Catholic high school, the institution focuses on empowering young women to be their best selves in a supportive and spiritual atmosphere of high moral standards. 

Mount Saint Mary Academy offers a wealth of opportunities for students, from challenging college-prep academics to more than 50 clubs, athletic teams and extra-curricular activities to community service programs and parent organizations. Several of the school’s varsity teams earned championships this year. A theater in its recently-renovated Mercy Hall hosts assemblies and theater productions. 

“We work hard, but we play hard, too. Our mission is to assist young women to become well-rounded,” says Director of Enrollment Management Donna Venezia Toryak. “We focus on academics but also on our students’ athletic and spiritual self, mental and physical well-being and social skills.” 

Founded in 1908 by the Sisters of Mercy, the Mount is proud of its 100 percent college acceptance rate; the 78 graduates of the Class of 2022 earned more than 24 million dollars 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. 

“One of the most complimentary remarks we often 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 be.” 

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