About Mercy Catholic
In 2000, Mercy opened its doors marking the first time a Catholic high school had opened in the Atlanta area in over 45 years. By 2002, grades 9-12 were offered. Mercy's charter class of 19 students graduated in May 2003. In August 2020, Our Lady of Mercy celebrated its 20th anniversary.
Today, Our Lady of Mercy serves approximately 250 students from 9 counties - a student body that is rich in both diversity and talent. Staff, faculty, and students prayerfully strive to uphold things valued most at Our Lady of Mercy: academic excellence, faith formation, small class sizes, well-trained faculty, updated technology, and diverse extracurricular programs.
As an academic community, Our Lady of Mercy maintains excellence in teaching and high expectations for learning in an environment that values scholarship and achievement. Our Lady of Mercy offers a curriculum that cultivates in students extensive knowledge and academic skills, intellectual acumen, formation of character, aesthetic appreciation, and physical well-being in order to prepare them for college studies, civic leadership, and the life-long pursuit of truth, goodness, and beauty.
As a Catholic school, the educational mission and doctrinal teaching of the Catholic Church guide Our Lady of Mercy. Through formal instruction, common worship, and religious activities and service projects, Our Lady of Mercy assists students in forming their consciences by emphasizing the dignity and integrity of the individual, the primacy of transcendent values and Christian morals, and Christ’s call to love and serve others, especially the poor. Our Lady of Mercy strives to assist students in developing a healthy prayer life that incorporates both private and communal prayer, and an appreciation for the vitality of Catholic spirituality.
As a Christian community, Our Lady of Mercy strives to develop a community of care and concern; to befriend and show confidence in our students; to create a spirit of hospitality and kindness to members of our community and visitors to our school; and, inspire our students to heed the call by Christ to leads lives of leadership and service to their fellow men and women.
All of the programs offered at Mercy are guided by these principles and are extensions of the mission of the school.
Red, Black, White and Gray
Enlighten the Mind
Inspire the Soul
Strengthen the Body
Our Lady of Mercy, a college preparatory school rooted in the Tradition of the Catholic Church, transforms students by providing opportunities to excel as Christian leaders through rigorous academics, inclusive extracurricular programs, and Christ-centered activities.
As an archdiocesan high school, Our Lady of Mercy will be a national model of excellence in Catholic, college-preparatory, diverse education, challenging students to reach their full potential in mind, body and soul.
In the upper part of the school crest, there are two hearts. The heart on the left hand side represents the heart of Christ, surrounded with a crown of thorns. The heart is on fire, representing the fire of God’s love and mercy. The heart on the right hand side represents the heart of Mary, burning with love for Christ and reminds us of her suffering, foretold by Simeon, “a sword shall pierce your very soul.” The M over the cross is a variation of the Coat of Arms of Pope John Paul II – Mary is fully at one with the sufferings of her Son. Her response to God from the very beginning was fiat – “Let it be done unto me according to your word.” The color red represents the blood of Jesus, and the white represents His purity. Both colors are a fitting reminder of our Christian baptism, by which “we are washed clean by the Blood of the Lamb.” Finally, the Latin inscription comes from an ancient prayer to Mary in the Catholic Church: Salve Regina, Mater Misericordiae (Hail Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy)