Mission & History
Waldron Mercy Academy, a Catholic school sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, is a diverse, faith community rooted in the gospel values of mercy and justice. We are a school where the joy of discovery inspires serious study, social responsibility, and strong faith.
History of Waldron Mercy Academy
Founded by the Sisters of Mercy and conducted in partnership with lay faculty, Waldron Mercy is a Catholic co-educational school serving students aged three years old through grade eight. Grounded in the rich history of Merion Mercy Academy for Girls and Waldron Academy for Boys, Waldron Mercy Academy enables students to become both capable and discerning adults. We strive to increase our students' awareness of the need for responsible membership and leadership in the global family.
To meet the ever-evolving needs of students, significant growth and change has taken place within the historic walls of Waldron Mercy Academy through the years. From 1923 to 1946, the male students lived at school. During the 1950s, lay people joined the sisters, increasing the size of the faculty. Waldron started a preschool and Montessori program which enrolled both boys and girls.
In September 1987, Waldron Academy for Boys and the Merion Mercy Academy for Girls lower school officially merged and reopened as Waldron Mercy Academy. Fifteen years later, the school assumed responsibility for Waldron Mercy Child Care, located on the schools’ campus. More than 40 students attend this year-round program for children three months to three years of age.
In the past 20 years, there have been physical changes such as the renovation of the third floor from an attic to the beautiful Albert T. Perry Memorial Library, art studio and computer lab. The basement has been transformed into a vibrant music suite with classrooms, private lesson rooms, offices, concert facility, and a totally renovated classroom areas for preschool through kindergarten. The second floor science lab rivals many found at the high school level. The school has added Mercy After Care, an aftercare program that meets the needs of today’s working parents. The faculty and staff have also grown significantly over the years with the addition of programs and services. Installation of storage cubbies in every homeroom, eliminated the need for locker rooms, providing additional space needed for classes and staff. Outdoors there have been changes too, with the addition of playgrounds, fields and equipment that help all of the children develop from child care through middle school.
The quality of education provided at WMA has been enthusiastically validated. The U.S. Department of Education recognized WMA as a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence in 2001, 2009 and 2020. Additionally, WMA is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and received a Program of Distinction in Service Learning from Middle States in 2017.