“I remember leaving my shadow day at Merion and being amazed by the kindness and happiness I experienced there. It was a unique atmosphere, and this special quality, Mercy, made me pick MMA.”– Alison


Down the road from Villanova University, close to Boathouse Row, near Center City and South Philly, and just over the bridge to NJ - MMA has a truly awesome location!  View this map to give you a sense of where some of our students reside.  


Getting here is easy! 

There are lots of ways to get to MMA–by foot, on a school district or SEPTA bus, by car, train, or on the St. Joseph's Prep bus. 

School District Busing
Students residing in a PA school district, other than Philadelphia, that is within 10 miles of MMA can receive school district busing to school free of charge.  This includes the following districts:

Abington                                           Rose Tree Media                                                 
Cheltenham Southeast Delaware County
Colonial Springfield Delaware County
Haverford Springfield Montgomery County
Interboro Treddyffrin/Easttown
Lower Merion Upper Darby
Marple Newtown Upper Merion
Norristown Wallingford/Swarthmore
Radnor William Penn

Transportation Sign-up and Re-enrollment
Transportation sign-up and re-enrollment for 2019-20 school year has begun.  Click here for the letter detailing what services we provide apart from regular township busing. Click here for the required registration form for all families (new and returning) who wish to elect/participate in either 1) the Prep Bus system for Philadelphia and New Jersey residents, 2) the Narberth van that runs to/from the train station, or 3) the Andorra/Roxborough van that runs to/from those neighborhoods across the river.  Please note that no student is automatically signed-up from year-to-year; registration each spring is required for enrollment in the following school year.    

St. Joseph’s Prep Busing
St. Joseph’s Prep busing is available to MMA students who live in Philadelphia, New Jersey, and most areas not eligible for school district busing.  The stops and routes are determined based on student population.  Shuttle bus service is available from the Prep to MMA in the mornings, and from MMA to the Prep in the afternoons.

The 2019-20 daily Prep bus schedule will be posted soon. 

The average cost for round-trip Prep bus service is $1700 for the school year.  For students that only require shuttle service to and from the Prep, the cost is approximately $300.  Prep busing is provided either one way (a.m. or p.m.) or both ways.  If you ride one way, the charge is approximately 75% of the full cost.

The Prep buses arrive at the Prep between 7:45 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. Two shuttle buses take students from the Prep to MMA in the morning; the first leaves the Prep at 8:00 a.m., and the second leaves shortly after.  A shuttle bus to the Prep leaves MMA at 4:50 p.m.  All buses leave in the evening from the Prep at 5:20 p.m.     

On the days that MMA has school and the Prep is off from school, MMA offers students a modified bus schedule. There are three bus stops available, and MMA students travel from one of these bus stops directly to MMA.  Students return to these stops after school.

MMA Shuttle from Northwest Philadelphia Neighborhoods
MMA offers round trip shuttle service for students living in Northwest Philadelphia and surrounding areas. The shuttle will pick up students at two stops: the corner of Germantown Avenue and Bells Mill Road at 7:00 a.m. and the Andorra Shopping Center at 7:15 a.m. In the afternoons, the shuttle will leave MMA at 4:45 p.m. and students will return to their stops. 

Narberth Van
Separately, a complimentary Narberth van gathers students each morning from the Narberth train station (for those who ride SEPTA rails) and arrives on campus by 8:10 a.m. In the afternoons, the Narberth van departs campus at 4:30 p.m.

SEPTA Transportation
Philadelphia residents: Students residing in the School District of Philadelphia receive weekly SEPTA passes at school free of charge.  Students may upgrade their bus passes to a rail pass for approximately $5 a week. 

Visit the SEPTA website for the most up-to-date bus and train schedules and information.

SEPTA’s 44 bus stops at the school’s front gate. Students may ride the 44 bus to 54th and City Line Avenue, or to Center City, if transferring on to a connecting bus or to other transportation such as PATCO’s high speed line. 

SEPTA’s Paoli/Thorndale Line stops at the Narberth train station.  Also, most trains on the Lansdale/Doylestown line pass through Center City and continue on to the Narberth station. For students riding the train in the morning, a complimentary MMA shuttle van leaves the Narberth station at 8:00 a.m. for MMA. New for the 2016-17 school year, will be an afternoon shuttle to the Narberth station that leaves MMA after activities.  

Private Van
Precious Cargo private van service offers door-to-door service to MMA from South Philadelphia, Center City, and Fairmount.  Fees are determined by the company.  Parents may contact Precious Cargo directly at 215-463-5489 or 215-480-0800.

Student Parking
Due to township regulations, limited student parking is available on campus.  A student must be 17 years old and hold an official state driver’s license to drive to school. 

If you have any other questions regarding transportation please contact Mr. Seth Pidot at spidot@merion-mercy.com or call 610-664-6655 ext.124.

An independent, Catholic, all-girls college preparatory high school for grades 9-12
Merion Mercy Academy
511 Montgomery Avenue Merion Station, PA 19066
P (610) 664-6655
F (610) 664-6322
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