National Blue Ribbon School

  • Seal Our Lady of Mercy was dedicated in 1960 under the authority of the Archdiocese of Washington, DC and the educational leadership of the Sisters of Mercy.    

    Our Lady of Mercy School was first recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School for Excellence in 1998, and for the second time in the fall of 2009, by the United States Department of Education.  Of the thousands of private schools in the United States, Mercy was one of only 50 private schools awarded the Blue Ribbon in 2009.

    Re-accredited by The Commission on Elementary Schools of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools in 2008, Mercy was commended for its outstanding Educational Excellence Program.  Mercy's Educational Excellence Program: A Model for Inclusive Education defines inclusive education as one that serves the physically and mentally challenged, empowers talented students, and employs a multicultural perspective across the curriculum.

    Our Lady of Mercy has been honored to receive several awards that highlight our program. Former County Executive, Douglas Duncan, presented Mercy with a proclamation honoring our commitment to education, especially in the area of inclusion.  Mercy has also been awarded the Heroes in Education Award for its outstanding special needs program.