Educational Institutions

MERCY CAREER & TECHNICAL HIGH SCHOOL

Forging Futures with Faith and Focus

aka Mercy Career & Technical High School

Philadelphia, PA

Mission

Mercy Career & Technical High School is a private, urban, co-educational, career and technical high school sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy. Within a 21st century learning environment, we provide a Catholic education and a comprehensive, academic, career and technical school experience which prepares students for the workforce and/or post-secondary education. In the Mercy tradition, we live the Gospel in word and action and promote service to others. The Mercy Career & Technical High School graduate is a highly competent, compassionate, contributing member of the global community.

Ruling Year

1946

Principal

Mr. Christian Aument

Vice Principal, Career & Technical Education and Technology

Ms Catherine Glatts

Main Address

2900 W Hunting Park Ave

Philadelphia, PA 19129 USA

Formerly Known As

Mercy Vocational High School

Keywords

Vocational, Education, Philadelphia, Career and Techncial

EIN

23-1389404

 Number

1445105325

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Secondary/High School (B25)

Vocational Technical (B30)

Employment Training (J22)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is not required to file an annual return with the IRS because it is a church.

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Career and Technical Education

Business

Building Trades

Computer Technology

Cosmetolgoy

Culinary Arts

Health Occupations

Advertising Art & Web Design

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Mission Statement Mercy Career & Technical High School is a private, urban career and technical high school sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy. Within a 21st century learning environment, we provide a Catholic education and a comprehensive, academic, career and technical school experience which prepares students for the workforce and/or post-secondary education. In the Mercy tradition, we live the Gospel in word and action and promote service to others. The Mercy Career & Technical High School graduate is a highly competent, compassionate, contributing member of the global community. Belief Statements We believe that every individual has inherent worth and dignity. We believe that moral and spiritual development is absolutely essential. We believe that our students are blessed with gifts that are better served through vocational education. We believe that risk taking is essential for school improvement. We believe that within a culturally diverse environment we can build tolerance, respect, and understanding. We believe that life-long learning is a shared responsibility of students, teachers, family, and community. We believe that all students are an investment in the future. We believe that we are called to serve others. Graduate Profile These three characteristics of the Mercy graduate are consistent with the beliefs of Mercy Career & Technical High School. Knowledge “We believe that our students are blessed with gifts that are better served through vocational education.” “We believe that lifelong learning is the shared responsibility of students, teachers, family, and community.” The Mercy Career & Technical High School graduate will possess: -marketable competencies for employment opportunities. -relevant academic foundations to pursue post-secondary education. -strong faith and a sense of moral decency. -clear knowledge of self and one’s role in the global community. Attitudes “We believe that every individual has inherent worth and dignity.” “We believe that moral and spiritual development are absolutely essential.” “We believe that within a culturally diverse environment we can build tolerance, respect, and understanding.” The Mercy Career & Technical High School graduate will possess: -a positive and reliable work ethic. -a professional approach to his/her chosen career. -respect for diversity. -compassion and a willingness to serve others. -perseverance in honoring commitment. -the desire to live as a responsible citizen within a global community. -the courage for creative risk-taking. Skills “We believe that all students are an investment in the future.” The Mercy Career & Technical High School graduate will possess: -technological skills to compete in an ever-changing environment. -language skills to communicate effectively. -life skills to succeed in the workplace and/or in post-secondary institutions. -decision-making skills to live responsibly.

Academic Programs: Mercy CTE students follow a core curriculum that provides the academic credits needed for a high school diploma. Students graduate with the necessary skills for success in the 21st century: critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and problem solving. Integrated within the core subjects are 21st century themes of global awareness, financial and economic understanding, civic responsibility, environmental consciousness, and health and wellness. The academic curriculum gives graduates the foundation for continuing education, entry-level employment, and apprenticeship programs. The McAuley Program (named after the founder of the Sisters of Mercy, Catherine McAuley) provides an intensive academic support structure for students who have special learning needs. The curriculum focuses on the development of the essentials for success in each academic subject. The McAuley Program provides identified students with special learning strategies so they will become more successful throughout their high school education. Students ‘graduate’ from the McAuley Program when they have built the skill sets to succeed in a traditional academic setting. About 20% of Mercy CTE students participate in the McAuley Program. Counseling: With 95% of students deemed “at risk” due to issues such as poverty, learning differences, violence in the home and/or neighborhood, and other traumas, Mercy CTE provides a range of counseling services to ensure student success and well-being. Students are paired with one guidance counselor throughout their four years. Full-time social workers and guidance counselors make referrals to outside counseling agencies for students who require additional support. Mercy CTE also offers internal support groups around issues such as substance abuse, bereavement, healthy relationships, and self-esteem. Freshmen participate in a Life Skills module in small groups to ease the adjustment to high school. Since the implementation of this module, freshman to sophomore year retention rates have increased. Career and Technical Education Program: After an introductory overview of the seven career paths offered at Mercy CTE in the first semester of freshman year, students select and begin studies in their area of concentration in the second semester. Mercy CTE started career concentration studies in freshman year for the first time in the 2017-18 school year as a way to engage students more quickly on their career paths. The student-to-teacher ratio for the career and technical education program is 11-to-1. Mercy CTE has enhanced post-graduation certification opportunities within Health Occupations this year by offering skills training in Phlebotomy and EKG Tech, in-demand jobs among healthcare employers.

Founded in 1950 by the Sisters of Mercy, Mercy Career & Technical High School has educated thousands of young men and women from North Philadelphia and the surrounding neighborhoods. Mercy Career & Technical High School offers the finest in career and technical education and training in an environment that promotes spiritual values, moral development, and service to others. Since 1998, Mercy has been recognized by the PA Cooperative Vocational Education Association for having been the recipient of more post-secondary scholarships than any other vocational high school in Pennsylvania. Mercy Career & Technical High School is accredited by The Middle States Association and is recognized by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia as a valuable alternative choice to a comprehensive academic program. In addition to a high school diploma, Mercy graduates earn industry-recognized licenses and certifications within seven career fields: Advertising Art & Web Design, Building Trades, Business, Computer Service Technology, Cosmetology, Culinary & Pastry Arts, and Health Occupations. Among members of the Class of 2019, 45% participated in co-op, learning on the job while working for the following employers: 2101 Cooperative Inc; Campus Apartments; Closet Vision; Constellation Culinary Group; Goldberg, Miller & Rubin; Independence Mission Schools (five schools); Office of State Senator Art Haywood; Philadelphia Cricket Club; Philadelphia Insurance Companies; PIDC; University City Housing; and USLI.

Mercy Tech has an excellent record of success, approaching 100%, with regard to its students earning industry-recognized licenses and certifications. Below are student certification statistics for the Class of 2019: -Advertising Art & Web Design: 94% of students have earned Adobe Illustrator certification since testing began in 2016; 100% in 2019. -Building Trades: 92% of students have earned National Center for Construction Education & Research (NCCER) certification over the last five years; 86% in 2019. In addition, 96% of students have completed OSHA 30-Hour Construction Training. -Business: 100% of students have earned Microsoft Office certification in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint over the last five years. -Computer Service Technician: 94% of students have earned CompTIA IT Fundamentals certification since 2013; 100% in 2019. -Cosmetology: 95% of students have graduated as fully licensed cosmetologists since 2013; 93% in 2019. -Culinary & Pastry Arts: 82% of students have earned ServSafe certification since 2013; 63% in 2019. -Health Occupations: 98% of students have graduated as licensed Certified Nurse Aides since the program started in 2000; 85% in 2019. In June 2019, Mercy Tech graduated 60 students: 37% enrolled in four-year colleges and universities 29% enrolled in two-year/community colleges 19% entered the workforce 5% are working and going to school part-time 5% enrolled in trade schools 5% joined the military

CTE Program Enhancements Graduates in Building Trades and Health Occupations are among those most likely to continue in those career paths. Mercy Tech has expanded educational offerings related to both programs. We are consulting with business leaders in anticipation of starting an electro-mechanical CTE program of study to help meet the need for skilled workers to fill good paying jobs in modern manufacturing. The Health Occupations Class of 2023 will be the first to graduate as Certified Pennsylvania Nurse Aide Registered CNAs and certified Medical Assistants. Alumni Engagement In the current school year, we have renewed efforts to engage alumni. We have recruited two alumni who have agreed to lead and reconstitute an alumni association with staff support from the school. They have regained control of an alumni Facebook page and recently held their first meeting. To date, 21 alumni have expressed interest in being part of an alumni council. Our initial goal is to meaningfully engage alumni in school activities and events for the benefit of current students and alumni. Ultimately, we expect that a strong alumni association will positively impact giving and enrollment. Enrollment Mercy Tech has made various investments to boost enrollment and - given current statistics for applications, including current registration - expects enrollment to rebound in the 2020-21 school year. Mercy Tech went from a part-time to full-time director of marketing and communications, whose primary focus has been to support Admissions. We also held our first seventh grade visitation day last year, which took place this year on March 11. We are finding that, when students are exposed to the educational experiences we offer, they are more likely to consider the benefits of career & technical education. The school launched its first week-long summer camp program for rising 7th and 8th graders in 2019. Called “A Taste of Mercy,” the camp offered students hands-on activities in each of the seven career programs. Many students who attended returned for the fall open house, and seven of the 15 rising eighth grade campers have applied to date. This year’s summer camp is scheduled for June 15-19, 2020. Last year for the first time, Mercy Tech began requiring parents and students to participate in an in-person interview as part of the admissions process. Although the number of students enrolling was down last year, the retention rate of the Class of 2023 is trending much better than the Class of 2022. Capstone Projects The Class of 2019 was the first class to demonstrate their achievements via a senior capstone project using e-portfolios, a Google site that allows students to document their academic, CTE, and co-op work experiences. Students presented highlights of their accomplishments to an audience of faculty and staff who gave them feedback on their presentations.

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

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No

CEO OVERSIGHT

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No

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

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BOARD COMPOSITION

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BOARD PERFORMANCE

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