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We would like to extend a special welcome to all students on behalf of Pennsylvania International Academy (PIA). We are the exclusive Boarding and Student Service provider for Mercyhurst Preparatory School (MPS), in addition to being the Cultural Hub and International Gateway for students in Northwestern Pennsylvania and the City of Erie. Our Residence Hall is open all year (24/7), and additional ESL classes are offered every day. We provide all the necessary services for boarding students to attend Mercyhurst Prep, a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. Mercyhurst Prep is the only private school in Northwest Pennsylvania offering the International Baccalaureate (IB) progam. Our goal is guiding international and U.S. coed students, grades 9-12, on a journey that starts with their high school education and is completed with their ultimate acceptance into many of the top universities and colleges around the United States.
Our staff work very hard to create an environment for students that is safe, academically challenging, active, and fun. Our Vision is to nurture and support each and every student..............because we care.
Dr. Richard J. Light of Harvard University recently published a report about the benefits of an independent school education. He describes how independent school graduates differ significantly from their counterparts. Graduates are: 1) More likely to have a broader world view. 2) Significantly better in writing preparedness, especially with research papers. 3) Much more likely to seek out advice from a faculty member. 4) Much more likely to have better time management skills.
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