Our Mission & History

The Ursuline Ministry in Waterville began in 1888 following the appeal of Father Narcisse Charland. In 1911, Mount Merici Academy was established by Mother Marie du Sacre Coeur. The Academy was named in honor of the Foundress of the Ursuline Sisters, Saint Angela Merici. Over the years, Mount Merici Academy has changed from an all girl’s boarding school to a day school offering nursery school through 8th grade education. Through the years  we have followed the Ursuline philosophy: “The full development of each child’s God-given potentials of intellect, will, and heart…the formation of the whole person.”

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Our mission today continues: “Mount Merici Academy is dedicated to nurturing the whole child – mind, body and spirit – and to providing love and guidance so that students can achieve their personal best. In partnership with families, our mission is to instill Christ-centered values of respect, responsibility and self-discipline, teaching students in the Ursuline Serviam tradition of service to our community and the world.”

Mount Merici Academy is an Ursuline Catholic school, not a Diocesan Catholic school.  As such, it is uniquely governed by a lay Board of Trustees under the guidance of the Ursuline Sisters of the Central Province, and receives no financial support from the Diocese of Portland or from any local parish. The school is fully administered and staffed by a dedicated lay principal and Maine State Certified faculty, all of whom are dedicated to keeping the Ursuline spirit alive by educating the whole child – mind, body and spirit – with emphasis on academic excellence and service in an environment of compassion, understanding and respect.