The goal of our academic program at Mercy is to provide our students with a solid college preparatory program that supports them in achieving college readiness standards. At our Middle School, we are interested in developing Teaming as the means to accomplish many of the critical components of effective middle school practice. Over the next several years, the Mercy faculty will develop its assessment literacy, as well as discuss the research on "grit" and "mindset" to see how we can infuse these ideas into our classroom practice to benefit the academic achievement of our students. We are also exploring ways to support students in increasing their SAT/ACT scores with an emphasis on developing a strong foundation in literacy across disciplines.