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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.

Application Deadline: Friday, December 2, 2022

Meet Our Department Chair
Andrea Cabano began at Mercy in 2017 and is the AMES Director and Department Chair. In addition to ensuring that AMES students receive their assessment and classroom accommodations, she also teaches a study skills course. Ms. Cabano loves helping her students explore their learning style, find their voice and advocate for themselves, and gain the skills and confidence to become lifelong learners.  

Ms. Cabano is a Bay Area native growing up and attending schools on the peninsula. She loves to travel, enjoys baking, and spends free time with family and friends.  

Ms. Cabano holds a B.A. in Liberal Studies from Santa Clara University, a Master of Arts in Education: Curriculum and Instruction and a California teaching credential from Notre Dame de Namur University.  She earned an Educational Therapist certificate from UC Riverside. 

Academic Mentoring & Educational Support (AMES) Presentation


Click HERE or on the AMES graphic above to view the Open House AMES presentation.

Support by Grade Level

Freshmen in the AMES program are enrolled in a CORE class, which teaches these skills: study, note-taking, reading, test-taking, and memory, organization of information and materials, self-advocacy, time management. 

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


Meet Our AMES Team

The AMES team consists of several valuable members Carol Fraher and Randall Watts. Carol Fraher supports AMES students in a variety of ways including academic support and preparing for assessments. Randall Watts, the Resource Center Coordinator, 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 Director and Department Chair

"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