PIA serves as Administrators for the international student and boarding program for Mercyhurst Preparatory School. We remain open during all school breaks and holidays. At PIA, we are committed to providing a warm, welcoming and supportive environment for each student to learn, grow and flourish academically. Located in Erie, Pennsylvania in the northeastern United States, PIA's close proximity to many Ivy league schools enables our institution to infuse the American culture with a strong emphasis on academic excellence through creating a supportive environment for all students.
PIA serves as the exclusive administrator for the international student and boarding program for Mercyhurst Preparatory School, which was founded in 1926. Mercyhurst Prep is a twice awarded Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. It is also the only private school in Northwest Pennsylvania offering the International Baccalaureate (IB) program with over 30 years of (IB) experience. PIA offers each student a safe and welcoming home over school breaks and holidays through continuous 24/7 care and support.
Our Residence Hall is a state-of-the-art facility built specifically for students. It is a safe, bright, and happy place for all students to gather and share experiences.
Open year-round, we not only provide a safe and secure environment for our students, but we also ensure we're having fun! Each day, our Student Ambassadors provide our students with a series of organized activities aimed at not only immersing students into the favorite pastimes of the American culture, but we're also helping to ensure physical health and greater connections with peers.LEARN MORE
Our mission is to elevate our students' potential for success by complementing their academic learnings through an inclusive and engaging environment for students as they progress through their academic journey. When students graduate and attend the university or college of their choice, we expect that as they look back at their time at PIA they'll be reminded of why we're so different as we transcend above the academics to include social and cultural educations as well.TESTIMONIALS
Colleges are looking at more than a student's academic standing when determining acceptance. At PIA and MPS all of our participants are encouraged to demonstrate their unique qualities by selecting from a wide variety of sports, clubs or other activities that interest them.
Carnegie Mellon University released a statement stating that "The majority of our applicants are admissible, but we use a variety of factors when looking at prospective students to determine admission to CMU. Not only grades, but types of classes taken such as IB or Honors, and we look at your non-school activities, including extracurricular activities such as sports, the arts, theater or music. Other activities such as your hobbies, community service, and even part-time-jobs play a major role in determining admission."Letters from Governement Officials