It’s admissions season for many private schools, a time when some parents—particularly those whose children currently attend a public school—may find themselves wondering if a private school is worth the investment.
While there are numerous benefits to expound upon, which we will do in a minute, the best reasons are captured in a recent email from a happy Merion Mercy Academy parent:
"Thanks for helping to guide and nurture Jenny in becoming an incredible young woman. Each one of you at Merion has made an impact on Jenny in your own way allowing her to find her voice, her strengths, her talents and her faith. Every project, assignment, field trip, sisterhood experience and opportunity has allowed Jenny to discover new things about herself, gain confidence and leadership skills and open her eyes to the limitlessness of the world.
Thank you, teachers, for challenging Jenny with your innovative and reflective lessons, projects and experiences. Thank you for providing her with a safe environment where she could take risks, make mistakes and grow stronger. Thank you for challenging her to stand up for her beliefs and express her opinions in a space that is accepting of differences. Thank you for giving her the opportunity to be on stage and wear a mustache! Thank you for opening her ears to the pure beauty and spirit of music. Thank you for the liturgical and spiritual experiences, which gave her the time to connect with her faith. Thank you for giving her the chance to help write a grant and meet a Nobel Prize winner. Thank you for taking her to Europe to experience new cultures. Thank you for the service opportunities that allow her to live as a witness to Christ.
Most of all, thank you for just showing up each day for Jenny and for all the girls at Merion. Your presence, efforts, care, passion and compassion are such a gift and I wanted each of you to know it is so appreciated. Jenny has learned so much from all her teachers, counselors, moderators, deans and staff at Merion. She has become a leader and is ready to serve. I have no doubt that whatever the world throws at her she will be able to handle it with strength and grace thanks in part to all of you."
Truly, this incredible testimonial says it all and we are so blessed to have parents who put into words—unsolicited—how they feel about Merion Mercy Academy.
If you’re a fan of lists, here are the top 5 reasons to invest in a private school for your daughter’s education:
1. Academic Excellence
One of the primary reasons parents choose private schools is the consistent track record of academic excellence they provide. Merion Mercy Academy has higher standards for both its students and educators. We attract experienced and highly qualified teachers who are passionate about their subjects and dedicated to student success.
Frequently, our seniors, when reflecting on their time here, will refer by name to individual teachers who made a difference in their lives. We hear things like “I’ve had teachers who pushed me to pursue my passions and do my best no matter what.” And, “I am grateful to my teachers and coaches for always believing in me and helping me reach my fullest potential.”
In addition to exceptional teachers, Merion Mercy Academy offers advanced coursework and a rigorous curriculum that challenges students. We send a significant portion of our graduates to their top choice colleges and universities.
2. Smaller Class Sizes = Individualized Attention
Smaller class sizes are a hallmark of private education, and they can have a profound impact on a student's learning experience. In public schools, overcrowded classrooms can make it challenging for teachers to give students the attention they need. This can result in students falling behind, feeling overlooked, or disengaged from their studies.
At Merion Mercy Academy, smaller class sizes allow for more interactive and personalized instruction. Teachers can identify and address the specific learning needs of each student, ensuring that no one is left behind. This not only boosts academic performance but also helps students build confidence in their abilities and fosters a love for learning.
By prioritizing individualized attention, both academically and emotionally, teachers and staff get to know each student personally, understand their strengths, weaknesses, and aspirations. This deeper connection between students and educators makes a real difference to student's development and well-being.
In addition to academic support, Merion Mercy offers comprehensive counseling and guidance services. Students can receive personalized guidance on course selection, career aspirations, and college admissions. This level of individualized attention can be invaluable in helping students make informed decisions about their future.
3. Character Development
While academic excellence is essential, many parents also value the character development opportunities that Merion Mercy provides. We emphasize values such as respect, responsibility, integrity, and community engagement. Students are encouraged to develop a strong moral compass and a sense of social responsibility.
Character education is incorporated into our curriculum, fostering qualities like empathy, leadership, and teamwork. These values are not only important for personal growth but also for success in various aspects of life. Our graduates go on to become responsible, ethical leaders in their communities and professions.
4. Unique Extracurricular Opportunities
Merion Mercy Academy offers a wide range of extracurricular activities and enrichment programs that go beyond the typical offerings of public schools—more than 70 clubs, organizations, sports teams and performing arts groups!
Participating in extracurricular activities allows students to explore their interests, develop new skills, and form lasting friendships. These experiences are an essential part of a well-rounded education and contribute to personal growth and character development. We excel in providing students with unique and enriching opportunities outside the classroom.
5. Community / Sisterhood
At Merion Mercy Academy, a sense of community and sisterhood thrives, not only because of a smaller, more intimate environment, but also due to shared values and goals. Students here form close-knit relationships that resemble a family, fostering a strong sense of belonging and support. Our focus on shared values and traditions further strengthen the sense of community.
Additionally, by emphasizing character education and social skills, we teach students the importance of empathy, respect, and cooperation. These values are woven into the fabric of daily school life, encouraging students to be supportive of one another and to celebrate each other's achievements.
Furthermore, the involvement of parents and the close relationship between the school and families contribute significantly to the sense of community. Regular parent-teacher interactions, school events, and volunteering opportunities create a network of support that extends beyond the students, reinforcing the feeling of belonging to a larger, caring community.
While the cost of private school education may give some parents pause, it's essential to view it as an investment in a child's future. Merion Mercy Academy consistently offers academic excellence, smaller class sizes, individualized attention, character development, unique extracurricular opportunities and a sense of community or sisterhood that can significantly benefit students. We prioritize the holistic development of each child, preparing them not only for academic success but also for a fulfilling and ethical life.
Anything we missed? What benefits do you find in a private school? Comment below!