Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Academy (OLMCA), located on Kessel Street in Forest Hills, seeks to provide a quality Catholic education for children, nursery to eighth grade, and nurtures the whole child through programs encompassing the spiritual, intellectual, social, psychological and physical development of its students.
OLMCA is fully accredited by the Diocese of Brooklyn, the State of New York and the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. Through its religious education program, the academy aims to develop a well-rounded Christian personality to its students, which is reflected in respect toward self and others as exemplified by Jesus in the Gospels.
The academy’s staff, in cooperation with students’ families, works to assist children in developing a system by which to judge the use of values and skills.
The academy’s mission flows from the Church’s participation in the mission of Jesus. OLMCA is committed to academic excellence that is rooted in the Catholic faith, affirmed by the teachings of Jesus Christ, and based on our service to God, family and community.
Students participate in a full and rigorous academic program, which includes library, technology, art, music, enrichment and physical education. Children learn Spanish as a foreign language. Reading comprehension is a cornerstone of an OLMCA education. Children in kindergarten to second grade participate in the Super Kids reading program where they receive phonics instruction and build a strong foundation for language comprehension.
Third through fifth grades participate in Reading Street, and students in grades six through eight continue to sharpen their reading skills with the Code X program. Math, science and social studies are equally as important as religious education. Students in all grade levels participate in the Sadlier: We Believe program provided by the school.
OLMCA believes in the importance of the arts: Listen to the stellar band and glee club. See fifth and eighth graders ballroom dancing! The academy additionally offers before-school and after-school programs, as well as chess, golf, soccer, art and yearbook.