Mount Saint Mary Academy, a Catholic, private, secondary school, is a sponsored work of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas. It’s a place where students work hard in sisterhood to achieve their personal best. “Failure is not an option,” says Donna Venezia Toryak, Director of Admissions.
The Mount, a college prep school for young women in grades 9 through 12, was founded in 1908 and features a challenging academic program and a nurturing, spiritual environment on a beautiful 84-acre campus.
With 285 students that come from 80 New Jersey communities, the Mount was already prepared for online learning during coronavirus since it has been used for years on inclement weather days.
“It was successful, effective and comfortable,” says Toryak, noting that the students all have school-issued tablets.
The Mount has several programs in place to make transitioning to the school easy for new students. “All freshmen have a big sister who is a junior,” says Toryak, highlighting the closeness of the community.
Toryak says the best way for each student to find her place is to get involved. The Mount offers many ways to do just that, with everything from varsity sports to art, music, forensics and theater and even a new equestrian team.
Toryak says the Mount celebrates its identity as a Catholic school and is enriched through the emphasis on the Mercy Core Values.
“The entire school community starts each day with a prayer and that continues with the start of each class,” says Toryak.
“The administration, faculty and staff support the students to see that they reach their full potential and are well-rounded by the completion of their high school journey.”
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