Mission and Core Values

A Mercy High School graduate is a woman of faith, a woman in pursuit of academic excellence, a woman of influence, a woman of compassionate service, a proactive global citizen.

Core Values of a Mercy Education

  • Spiritual Growth and Development
  • Educational Excellence
  • Special concern for the poor, especially women and children
  • Hospitality
  • Dignity
  • Compassion and Service
  • Collaboration

Mission Statement

We, the community of Mercy High School, Burlingame, a Catholic College Preparatory school sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, educate young women of diverse religious, ethnic, social and economic backgrounds to reverence and foster the dignity of each human person; to create a community of hospitality; to lead with compassion; to strive for excellence; and to proclaim Gospel values in word and deed.

Approved by the Board of Directors July 2013


Catherine McAuley, Foundress of the Sisters of Mercy, was dedicated to serving those in need. She had a strong faith, courage and initiative. Others joined her and worked with her because they too believed in the dignity of all persons. They also believed that one must work actively to make the world a better place in which to live.

"No work of charity can be more productive of good to society than the careful instruction of women." Catherine McAuley


In 1854, eight young Sisters, led by Mother Mary Baptist Russell, left the seaport of Kinsale, Ireland for San Francisco. By 1857, the Sisters had established St. Mary's Hospital in San Francisco and in 1924, they purchased the Kohl Mansion in Burlingame which became the Motherhouse. In 1931, the Sisters opened their first Catholic high school, Mercy Burlingame, in the Kohl Mansion. Since the founding of the school, more than 8,000 young women have graduated from Mercy. Mercy has grown tremendously over the past 85 years and, today, more than 375 young women and 80 faculty and staff members form the Mercy community.