McGann-Mercy Junior High Program
Recognizing that the 7th and 8th grades are an integral part of the overall high school experience, McGann-Mercy expanded its curriculum to include these grades. By exposing these students to the academic, spiritual and social experience that can only be described as "Living Mercy" in the formative pre-teen years, we have found that the transition into high school has been a smoother, less painful process for the student. Further reinforcing the School's commitment to these students, the school opened its Junior High Building in 2009.
Academically, students are equipped with key learning skills that assist in managing the more rigorous course load in the High School. The Junior High Program includes classes in:
- English Language Arts
- Social Studies
- Foreign Language
as well as enrichments subjects such as:
- Band or Chorus
- Physical Education
While the majority of classes are offered in the junior high building, the school's 7th and 8th graders do come over to the high school for mass, special assemblies, lunch, gym and certain classes. We have found that the transition from a smaller elementary school community into a much larger high school community is tempered by having a separate building for the junior high.
Spiritually speaking, all students are encouraged to be active participants in the community. This is accomplished through daily religion class, monthly school masses and numerous opportunities for interaction with the chaplain.
Socially speaking, there are numerous clubs and sports teams that the students in the junior high can participate in. This gives the student the opportunity to get to know other students, build character, have fun and develop valuable leadership schools. As in the case of the high school junior varsity and varsity athletic teams, all junior high teams participate in Section XI of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association, allowing students to compete with local public junior and senior high schools.