Mercy Tech offers an academic program designed to meet the educational and career goals of students of varied interests and ability levels. Due to the 1,250+ hours students spend in their career programs, we are limited in our ability to offer foreign languages and AP Courses.
Our students graduate with a host of skills including: critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and problem solving. Integrated within our core subjects are 21st century themes: global awareness, financial and economic understanding, civic responsibility, health literacy, and environmental consciousness.
Over the course of 4 years at Mercy Tech, our academic curriculum, combines with four years of Theology classes, provides graduates with a sound basis for continuing education, entry-level employment and apprenticeship programs. Academically, graduates earn a high school diploma based on requirements defined by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
Proper communication is critical to a successful life after high school. Regardless of career choice, good communication skills are critical in the workplace.
No single instructional method works for all students, so we utilize a variety of approaches and resources to ensure the success of every student.
Our curriculum is developed from many sources, including the Common Core State Standards Initiative, the National Council of Teachers of English, and experienced faculty. Each year of study focuses on a different aspect of literature:
- Grade 9: Various Genres of Literature including short stories (fiction and nonfiction), novels, poetry, dramas, and epics. This course of study explores different aspects of literature and provides a solid foundation in literature, which will be further explored and enriched in subsequent years.
- Grade 10: World Literature that originates in nations other than the United States, including historically and culturally significant literature from Ancient Greece and Rome, Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas.
- Grade 11: American Literature that represents many of the historical periods of the United States from the colonial period through the twentieth century.
- Grade 12: British Literature that originates in England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. This course explores many of the major periods of British literature between the Anglo-Saxon period and the twentieth century.
Mathematics teachers at Mercy Tech maintain current knowledge of the standards through the Archdiocese of Philadelphia Office of Education, and professional organizations such as the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.
Students study four years of Mathematics and earn four credits. Mercy CTE follows the Common Core Standards for Algebra I, Geometry and Algebra II.
- Grade 9: Algebra I. A study of real numbers and polynomials, linear equations and inequalities, the coordinate plane, systems of linear equations, quadratic functions, rational functions, and radical functions.
- Grade 10: Geometry. Understand the basic structure of Euclidean Geometry and develops spatial visualization and deductive reasoning skills. Topics include fundamental definitions and properties of lines, angles, polygons, and circles, congruence, similarity, methods of proof, area, volume, and coordinate geometry. Emphasis is placed on logical reasoning and algebraic relationships in geometry.
- Grade 11: Algebra II. Builds on the concepts learned in Algebra I. It includes a study of data representation, linear and quadratic functions, linear and quadratic inequalities, systems of linear equations and inequalities, polynomial functions, as well as rational and radical functions. The topics of exponential and logarithmic functions and probability are introduced.
- Grade 12: Consumer Math. skills needed to make good financial decisions. Students learn about credit, income tax, mortgages, credit cards, stocks, bonds, and saving for retirement. They also spend time learning about the insurance industry and the potential careers in insurance.
The Mathematics Courses at Mercy Tech are aligned with standards from:
- Common Core States Standards in Mathematics
- Pennsylvania Department of Education
- National Educational Technology Standard for Students and Teachers
Mercy Tech students complete three years of science to graduate.
Science courses are taught to enhance the career and technical choice a student makes. Each of these subjects provides pertinent information that complements a student’s chosen field.
As a further benefit, our freshmen receive Physical Education and Health. Both these subjects, coupled with the core science curriculum, enable our students to become well-rounded, well- trained, and well-prepared for life after high school
- Grade 9: The Physical Science concepts are taught in relation to molecular behavior and application to everyday examples. The major focus of Physical Science include the following areas of study: scientific method, motion, energy, machines, state of matter, waves, light, electricity, acids and bases. Students are able through the use of their chromebooks, textbooks, and experiments to better understand Physical Science and how it applies to everyday living. Health and Physical Education also occur in freshman year,
- Grade 10: Biology Students discover science as an inquiry as they investigate the nature of life. Topics such as cell structure and function, genetics, evolution, plants and the human body are discussed in a way to enhance critical thinking skills and to provide associative skills for personal and social perspectives that may influence future decision making. Experiments support and enhance classroom discussion, as well as stimulate students to analyze and make assessments.
- Grade 11: Studies Earth Science/ GeoScience. GeoScience is the study of the Earth and the Universe surrounding it. This study includes geology, the solid earth, oceanography, meteorology, atmosphere, weather, energy, natural resources, rocks, minerals, and astronomy. Demonstrations, experiments, and Internet sites create an active approach to discovering the Earth.
The science courses at Mercy Tech are aligned with standards from several resources:
- National Science Education Standards
- Pennsylvania Department of Education
- Archdiocese of Philadelphia Office of Catholic Education
Mercy Tech students complete three years of Social Studies to graduate.
The students will develop a fundamental awareness of World Cultures and United States History based upon the Pennsylvania Standards. We investigate why historical events occurred. To aid the students, we examine the following: cause and effect, relationships of events, people, and decisions.
The Mercy CTE Social Studies course descriptions are as follows:
Grade 9: World Cultures I - Focusing on the cultural, political, economic, technological, intellectual, imperialistic, militaristic , and sociological developments of people in Europe, Africa, Asia, and South America, from the Emergence of Civilization to the Middle Ages. Additionally, the inclusion of the geography of countries in Europe, Asia, South America, and Africa, from the Emergence of Civilization to the middle Ages.
Grade 10: World Cultures II - Focusing on the cultural, political, economic, technological, intellectual, sociological, imperialistic and militaristic developments of people in Europe, Africa, Asia, and South America, from the Renaissance to the present day. Additionally, the inclusion of the study of geography of countries in Europe, Asia, South America, and Africa, from the Renaissance to the present day.
Grade 12: United States History - Focusing on the cultural, political, economic, technological, intellectual, sociological, militaristic and imperialistic developments of the United States America from colonization to the present day. Additionally, the inclusion of the study of geography of the United States from colonization to the present day.
Mercy Tech's Social Studies curriculum promotes the following skills:
- Critical Thinking and Decision Making: Development of critical thinking and sound decision-making in the historical venue.
- Research: Students will be able to write a five paragraph essay and answer document-based questions in a proficient manner.
- Relativity: Stressing “life lessons” that are indigenous to history.
The Mercy Tech Theology Department provides students with a greater understanding of the Catholic faith and fuller development of their own spirituality and personal relationship with God.
The students truly live out the charism of Catherine McAuley by their involvement in works of service. All students are required to complete at least 10 hours of community service over the course of each school year. Many of our students give more than the required hours.
The students study four years of theology and earn four credits:
- Grade 9: Scripture Course: Old Testament Centers on a study of the Bible as the sacred writings of salvation history. Students trace the development of God’s relationship with humanity and the human response to this unconditional love. Freshmen year focuses on the texts from the Old Testament. Students study scripture stories to gain an understanding of God’s work in the world and what it means to be people of faith. The year ends with an introduction to the New Testament.
- Grade 10: Scripture Course: New Testament/Christology Helps students understand all that God has done for humanity through his Son, Jesus Christ. God has planned, from all eternity, for human beings to share everlasting happiness with him. This is accomplished only through redemption in Christ.
- Grade 11: Morality and Social Justice Seeks to provide the student with an introduction to the fundamental principles of Catholic Moral and Social Justice teachings and the applications of those teachings to contemporary moral issues. This course focuses on developing decision making-skills, keeping in line with Christian values and Catholic teaching. Students are encouraged to treat all people with compassion, mercy, and dignity.
- Grade 12: World Religions and Vocations Students will gain the basic knowledge of the world's major religions. With this knowledge, students will be able to engage, dialogue, and collaborate with people of different faith traditions. The second semester focuses on the topic of “Vocation”. While discovering and/or recognizing the unique gifts God has given each of them, students will discern how they can use these gifts to meet the needs of the Church and of the world.
Supplementary to the Theology curriculum, opportunities are given to students to participate in activities coordinated by our School Minister.
The McAuley Program offers an alternate support structure for a student who has special learning needs and who meets the educational requirements of the program. This is a select program with a small class size. The curriculum focuses on the development of English, reading, math, study skills, and organizational skills.
This is an academic support program. IEPs (Individual Education Plan) are not developed or maintained for students in the McAuley Program. Parents/guardians agree to ensure completion of assignments, good attendance and conduct habits, and reinforcement of positive attitudes towards school.
The mission of the McAuley program is to provide identified students with special learning strategies so they will become more successful throughout their high school education. The goal is to have a student leave the McAuley Program when the student’s skills improve. Upon review of student performance, the Director of the McAuley Program and Administration will determine the appropriate academic group placement for a McAuley student.