Our Admissions Process
We're delighted that you are considering Our Lady of Mercy Academy! We welcome the opportunity to share with you what we believe makes Mercy a very special learning community. The admissions process is really about getting to know each other and discovering if Mercy is the right place for you. This is a process for you to come to know our school, and to decide if Mercy Academy offers the kind of experience of which you and your family will want to become a part.
We want to help in any way that we can with your decision. If you have any questions, please contact Liberty Ebright, Dean of Students, at 603/352-2720 x503 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2021-2022 School Year
Admissions will continue throughout this year on a rolling basis. At this time, we will accept transfer students in grades 9 and 10 only. Please contact us to discuss your specific situation.
2022-2023 School Year
Admissions opened for grades 9 - 12 for the 2022-2023 school year on November 1 for students from Saint Joseph Regional School and on December 1 for all students. Acceptance letters began going out during the second week of January 2022. Space is very limited for each class, so we strongly encourage students to apply as early as possible to secure their spot.
1. Contact Liberty Ebright, Dean of Students, to schedule a tour. (603/352-2720 x503 email@example.com)
2. Complete all parts of the online application, including teacher recommendation information (English/Math teachers), release of records, and essay.
3. Schedule a shadow day. Included during the shadow day will be an interview with the Dean of Students and Principal.
4. Once all materials are received, the file will be reviewed and if appropriate, an acceptance letter will be sent.
5. Families have two weeks upon receipt of the acceptance letter to pay the enrollment fee ($200) to secure the spot in the class.
For the 2022-2023 school year, the tuition is $7,950. This rate will be frozen through the remainder of the student's attendance at Mercy for those students who begin in 2022-2023.
For those who are interested in financial assistance, the process for 2022-2023 will be different than in the past and will include multiple steps. More details will be forthcoming, but the following steps, in this order, will be required to be followed by all those applying for financial assistance:
1. Submit application for NH Education Freedom Accounts (through the NH Children's Scholarship Fund).
In 2021, the State of New Hampshire created the new Education Freedom Accounts (EFA) program to help expand educational opportunities for New Hampshire children. Beginning with the 2021-22 school year, eligible New Hampshire families earning up to 300% of the poverty line can direct part of their child’s state education funding to pay for tuition at the school of their choice (including SJRS), tutoring, online learning programs, educational supplies, internet connectivity, and other educational expenses. Applications (managed by the NH Children's Scholarship Fund) are accepted throughout the year on a rolling basis. The typical amount received is approximately $3,400. CLICK HERE for details and to apply.
2. Submit application for NH Education Tax Credit Scholarship (managed by the NH Children's Scholarship Fund) for students entering Kindergarten or Grade 1, or new students in grades 2-12 transferring from a public school. CLICK HERE for details and to apply.
3. For all Catholic families, contact the Parish of the Holy Spirit for support from the parish financial assistance fund.
Fr. Alan Tremblay has created a scholarship fund for parishioners of the Parish of the Holy Spirit.
To get additional details and indicate your interest, please contact the Parish Office directly at 603-352-3525 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
4. Submit FACTS application to be eligible for the Lamothe Adopt-a-Student Fund, the Nielson Scholarship Fund, and the Winnie Morenz Scholarship.
Financial assistance for Mercy Academy families comes from the Monsignor Daniel O. Lamothe Adopt-A-Student Fund. As a graduate of St. Joseph Regional School, Monsignor Dan has been a strong supporter of Catholic education throughout his life. In his honor, this fund was established to provide much needed tuition assistance to families with children attending St. Joe's and Mercy Academy.
The John J. Nielson Scholarship is given to Catholic students within the Parish of the Holy Spirit who exhibit Mr. Nielson's desire to spread the faith through education and to ensure that no student is excluded from Catholic education for financial reasons. This scholarship assists three families each year to overcome financial concerns to have their children attend St. Joseph Regional School and Our Lady of Mercy Academy. Each school year, one elementary school student, one middle school student, and one high school student receives Nielson Scholarships. We are honored to have the trust of the Nielson family, grateful for their continued commitment to our students, and proud to honor Mr. Nielson's wishes.
The Winnie Morenz Scholarship, setup by her husband Ed Morenz, honors Dr. Winifred “Winnie” Morenz, who passed away in 2017. Winnie was an active member of the Parish of the Holy Spirit, serving as both a lector and Eucharistic Minister. Winnie touched countless lives in the Keene community through her veterinary practice. All three of Winnie and Ed's children attended St. Joseph Regional School. The new scholarship fund continues the legacy of Winnie’s positive, giving spirit to help families who may not be able to send their children to Our Lady of Mercy Academy.
Our Lady of Mercy Academy admits students of any gender, race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.