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How to Apply

Mercy High School seeks students who demonstrate a willingness to commit to a challenging academic program, as well as be an active participant in all areas of school life. When reviewing applications, the Admission Committee considers all aspects of an applicant's file.  

Application Steps

Start the Online Application

Mercy High School's online Application can be accessed here.

Early Bird Application Deadline: Monday December 10, 2018
All AMES applicants are required to apply by December 10.
Final Application Deadline: Monday January 7, 2019

Application fee: $75.00 
Application fee goes up to $100 after December 10, 2018

Applying to AMES (Academic Mentoring Educational Support)

To apply to the AMES Program, use the application link listed above. On the application there is a page to indicate your interest in the AMES program on the application. AMES applications are due by December 10, 2018.  AMES applicants must include with their application: 

  • a currently active IEP, 504 Plan or other professional evaluation documentation done within the last three years.

For more information on our AMES program for students with documented learning differences, please click here.

Financial Assistance Applications

Financial Assistance applications are due by January 7, 2019. 

Attend a Shadow Day

Spending a shadow day is the best way for you to experience Mercy High School! All applicants are required to participate in a Shadow Day in order to be considered for admission. 

For more information, visit our Shadow Day page. You can register for your preferred date here!

Send Transcripts and Recommendations

The Transcript Request Form should be sent to your daughter's current school. This is a "fillable" PDF form which the school can complete and email back to us.

Recommendation Forms

These forms can be submitted electronically or in hard-copy, however electronic submissions are preferred. These forms are found in the online application.

Confidential Recommendation Form (required) – From one current teacher, school administrator or counselor.

Mathematics Placement Form (required) – To be completed by current math teacher.

Clergy Recommendation Form (Required for Archdiocesan FA* / Optional for others) – Submit this form to your church or faith community if you are actively involved in your community or church.
* This form is required for financial aid applicants in order to be considered for Archdiocesan assistance.

Take the HSPT

Mercy will hold the High School Placement Test (HSPT) on January 12, 2019. To test at Mercy, submit your online application and then register for the HSPT on your checklist.

Doors will open at 8:00 a.m. for check in. Testing begins promptly at 8:30 a.m. at Kohl Mansion, Mercy High School. The test runs until approximately 12:00 p.m.

Details on what to bring and where to go on the day of the exam will be sent to each student the week before the exam date.

Although the High School Placement Test is offered at other Bay Area Catholic high schools, taking it at Mercy is an important first step in becoming a member of Mercy’s Class of 2023.

Applicants applying to more than one Catholic High School in the San Francisco Archdiocese may take the test at any Archdiocesan school but should take the test only once. Scores will be sent to the other schools the student provides on the day of the exam.

AMES applicants wanting to test with extended time require documentation. Applicants will be notified by the Admission Office by early January. Extended Time test runs from 8:30 a.m. until approximately 2:00 p.m.

For more information, please contact the Admission Office at 650.762.1114 or

Attend the Family Interview

Applicants and their parents/guardians are required to attend an Admissions Family Interview on either February 9, 12 or 13, 2019. Select your date and time preference online after you complete the  application.

Decision Dates

Admission Decisions will be sent via e-mail on Friday March 22, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. Mercy will also mail Admission Decision Letters on Thursday, March 21, 2019. 

Key Application Dates

Applications are now available online

Sept. - Jan. • Shadow Days

Dec. 10 • Early Bird Application Deadline
               AMES Applicant Deadline

Jan. 7 • Final Application Deadline

              Financial Assistance Application Deadline

Feb. 9, 12 or 13 • Family Interviews

Mar. 22 • Electronic Decision Notification


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