Rigorous Academics

AMES

The Academic Mentoring and Educational Support (AMES) Program at Mercy is a four-year program that supports students with identified and documented learning differences. AMES students enroll in the college preparatory program, and meet all Mercy graduation requirements to attend four-year universities. 

The students in this program learn skills and strategies necessary for success in high school and beyond: organization of information and materials, self-advocacy, time management, note-taking, test-taking, reading, and memory. 

Each student has an Educational Plan that is individualized and outlines her unique strengths, challenges, and accommodations. 

Open House Presentation

AMES is my life-saver. I know that whenever I need help, advice,
or just someone to cheer me on, the AMES staff is here!Hannah, Class of 2015, Honor Student

Support by Grade Level

Freshmen in the AMES program are enrolled in a CORE class, which teaches these skills. 

Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors are in mixed-grade level, directed-study classes where they have opportunities for small-group and individual support on assignments. 

The AMES team consists of several valuable members including Eileen Horan, Sister Charlene Dazols, and Randall Watts. Eileen Horan taught English at Mercy for 32 years and has been supporting AMES for the past 3 years. Sister Char is a credentialed teacher who has been supporting AMES classes for the past 5 years as well. Also the Resource Center Coordinator, Randall Watts works closely with AMES to support students not only with testing but also in preparation for tests.

With a deep passion for education and compassion for students who learn differently, the AMES Team works side by side with psychologists, parents and students to develop an Educational Plan that will best support your daughter’s learning style, facilitate their access to curriculum, and promote success.

For more information contact:

Andrea Cabano, AMES Coordinator
650-762-1152