General Wellness

Welcome to General Wellness Information at Our Lady of Mercy Academy.

On this page, you’ll find detailed, up-to-date information on a wide range of college topics.

The advantages of competing in college sports are both immediate and lifelong. Participating in college sports provides opportunities to learn, compete and succeed. Student-athletes receive top-notch academic support, quality medical care and regular access to outstanding coaching, facilities and equipment. Student-athletes as a group graduate at higher rates than their peers in the general student body and feel better prepared for life after college.

College-bound student-athletes preparing to enroll in a Division I or Division II school need to register with the NCAA Eligibility Center to ensure they have met amateurism standards and are academically prepared for college coursework. You can learn more about the three divisions here. For the most up-to-date information, please download this brochure.

Subscribe to the NCAA high school newsletter to get important reminders, helpful tips and links to resources for the high school community.

There are two college admissions tests that have been widely administered in the US — the ACT and the SAT. These tests are meant to be good predictors of college potential, although not every college requires them.

Recently, many colleges are going “test-optional” because many students have been unable to take these tests due to COVID-19. Please check with the schools that you plan on applying to in order to determine if scores are required for admission.

Typically, however, most students take both tests in their Junior year, and once results are in, decide which test is “better” for them (check out this article for more information: ACT to SAT Score Conversion Chart). Some students take their “preferred” test 2 – 3 times in order to achieve their best possible score.

What is the ACT?

Please read the following important information regarding The ACT Test Amid COVID-19

The ACT contains multiple-choice tests in four areas: English, mathematics, reading and science. ACT’s writing test is optional and will not affect your composite score. Although the writing test is “optional,” we do suggest students add the writing test when registering because many colleges look at those results to measure writing ability and/or to determine freshmen placement. The test is designed so by the end of the junior year, it’s likely the material seen on the test has been covered.

The ACT College and Career Planning – Students and Parents webpage has a number of very helpful resources, including up-to-date test and registration information, test prep resources, grade-specific tips and resources, and college and career planning tools.

ACT Academy is a free online learning tool designed to help students get the best score possible on the ACT test through video lessons, interactive practice questions, and full-length practice tests. It has:

  • the most comprehensive collection of learning resources for students
  • personalized resources
  • a full-length practice test, and ACT test section quizzes
  • educational games and videos to drive mastery of content

What is the SAT?

Please read the following important information regarding Coronavirus Updates for Students Taking the SAT | College Board.

The SAT is a globally recognized college admission test that lets students show colleges what they know and how well they can apply that knowledge. It tests a student’s knowledge of reading, writing and math — subjects that are taught every day in high school classrooms. Most students consider taking the SAT during their junior or senior year of high school.

The test consists of an Evidence-Based Reading and Writing section, a Math section and an optional Essay section. For a more complete explanation of what each of the sections covers, please visit this page.

Each of the sections is scored from 400–1600, and is broken down into:

  • Evidence-Based Reading and Writing Section: 200–800
  • Math Section: 200–800
  • SAT Essay: Three scores ranging from 2–8

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What are the SAT Subject Tests?

Subject Tests are hour-long, content-based tests that allow students to showcase achievement in specific subject areas where they excel. These are the only national admission tests where students choose the tests that best showcase their achievements and interests.  SAT Subject Tests allow students to differentiate themselves in the college admission process or send a strong message regarding their readiness to study specific majors or programs in college. In conjunction with other admission credentials, they provide a more complete picture of a student’s academic background and interests.  Colleges may also use Subject Tests to place students into the appropriate courses. Based on performance on the test(s), students could potentially fulfill basic requirements or receive credit for introductory-level courses. Some highly selective colleges require SAT Subject tests and consider the scores for an admissions decision. It is the students’ responsibility to know which schools require SAT Subject tests as part of their admissions process.

There are numerous SAT Subject Tests in English, History, Languages, Mathematics and Science. Students should consider taking SAT Subject Tests in a subject immediately after the course ends so the information will be fresh in their minds. Mathematics tests are better taken upon the completion of a 3rd year of math.  Students should consult with their subject teacher to determine if they are good candidates for success on the SAT Subject Tests.

In order for OLMA to receive your scores, you must note this code when you register. It’s important to register early at SAT Test Dates and Deadlines | College Board or ACT registration to ensure you’re able to take the test in your home school district. Please note OLMA is not a testing center.

With SAT Score Choice | SAT Suite of Assessments – The College Board, you can put your best foot forward by choosing which scores you send to colleges. Choose by test date for the SAT and by individual test for SAT Subject Tests—but keep in mind that some selective colleges and scholarship programs require you to send all your scores.

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Here is a sampling of Summer Pre-College Programs. Please check back often as new opportunities will be added as they become available. Many colleges are offering similar programs, so if you are interested in a particular school, please check their websites for more information.

Our Lady of Mercy Academy Summer School Information 2021-2022 School Year

It is the policy of Our Lady of Mercy Academy that any students who fail a course MUST attend summer school. Any students who fail a Regents exam only, can retake the exam in August to ensure the appropriate requirement is met. The failure of more than two courses requires parent and student to have a meeting with administration.

If there is a course or Regents failure, parents will be notified by your daughter’s teacher. Parents will then need to contact their daughter’s school counselor for information regarding summer school registration. Should your daughter need to take a Regents exam only, please note that you must register at your home district to sit for the August exam. It is encouraged that you visit the website of the district/school where your daughter will be taking the exam in order to expedite the process and obtain any additional forms you may need. ule-august-2022.pdf

Our Lady of Mercy Academy utilizes Educere, an online learning platform to fulfill credit recovery requirements. Registration must be completed by Tuesday June 28, 2022, which is the last day for Summer School Registration.

If you have any questions, please reach out to the Wellness Department at 516-921-1047 x 401.

AHRC – Volunteers

American Cancer Society

Catholic Charities
90 Cherry Lane, Hicksville, NY 11801

Catholic Health Services of Long Island

Habitat for Humanity

Have A Heart – Children’s Cancer Society
2938 Hempstead Turnpike, Levittown, NY 11576

Long Island Crisis Center
2740 Marten Ave., Bellmore, NY 11710

Long Island Children’s Museum
Located in Nassau Community College
11 Davis Ave., Garden City, NY 11530

Long Island Volunteer Center

Little Shelter – Animal Rescue

Northwell Health

Helpful Volunteer Websites

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