Award Year: 2020

Our Lady Of Mercy School

9222 Kentsdale Drive
Potomac, MD, 20854-4529

(301) 365-4477

Mrs. Deborah Thomas, Principal at time of Nomination

Mrs. Doreen Engel, Current Principal

Archdiocese of Washington

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Students reach full potential of mind, body and spirit. Individualized and innovative instructional methods teach students to think, question, collaborate, and lead in modern society.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 5%
  • White: 43%
  • Hispanic: 22%
  • Asian: 1%
  • Two or more races: 29%
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Our Lady of Mercy School (Mercy) has a sixty-year history of promoting academic excellence, strong religious and moral values, and an atmosphere of respect, service, and acceptance. The foundation of our daily work is illustrated in Mercy's mission to fully develop each student, mind, body, and spirit.

Mercy teachers are able to meet the unique learning needs of all students through the implementation of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and data-driven instruction. UDL is a framework dedicated to eliminating barriers to learning and creating pathways for all students to access greater academic growth. Teachers are supported in these efforts with routine, on-site professional development, a mentor and instructional coach, and an ongoing requirement of evidence of implementation. Media and technology are woven into the fabric of Mercy's program through enriching curricula integration, project-based learning, and instruction. A robust Academic Extensions program offers students extended learning opportunities such as drama, leadership, broadcast studio, and art. Students participate in many service projects; classroom time is devoted to in-depth reflection on the purpose and impact made on those in need, deepening the connection between the students and their community.

Although people of all faiths are welcome at Mercy, admission to the school is based on supporting our Catholic environment and its extension to our service activities, discipline approach, conflict resolution policies, and respect given to every individual. The recognition and acceptance of this Catholic presence is the foundation of the collaborative and respectful relationships we maintain with families.