Nicole Pascarelli O’Brien ‘97 Interim Head of School

A Welcome From The Head of School

More than two decades ago, I arrived at 790 Centre Street. I chose Mount Alvernia High School for a number of reasons – I wanted a small school where I could be involved. I was interested in community service and social justice. I was curious what it would be like to go to an all girls school.

I found what I was looking for and so much more. I was challenged academically and I was challenged socially to try new things and meet new people. I found a home where I could learn and grow, where I could make mistakes and where I had a community of people who wanted the best for me.

Returning as a school leader, what I see now at Mount Alvernia is the continuation of what I experienced as a student. Our faculty and staff deeply believe and live what our Mission Statement says, that Mount Alvernia “enlightens and shapes courageous, compassionate and articulate women who believe that life has a purpose, who are able to discern the “good” and who will be an effective force for it in the world.”

As a proud alum, I see the force for good in the world that my classmates and other alums are in their respective fields. They are living the Franciscan values of pax et bonum – peace and goodness.  I enjoy hearing their stories about how teachers and experiences here have impacted their lives and the lives of those around them.

Never has there been a more important time for young women to have the time and space to find their voice and to be leaders. Our students are critical thinkers, inquiry-based learners, advocates for social justice and athletes. They excel in the classroom and on the field, but most importantly they experience our mission and they move on to do their own good in the world.

We look forward to welcoming you for a visit to 790 Centre Street.

Pax et Bonum,
Nicole Pascarelli O’Brien ‘97
Interim Head of School

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At Mount Alvernia High School, your daughter is MAHS.

From the moment she walks onto campus, she becomes a member of our small, tight-knit community. She is known and loved.

It is not just our size that sets us apart.

Every day, girls – just like her – explore their interests through academics, sport and co-curricular activities. She will be encouraged, nurtured and challenged to become the young woman she was created to be.

When a student graduates from Mount Alvernia, she has not simply completed a rigorous academic curriculum. She has gained the skills to tackle challenges in college and out in the world. She is a scholar aware of her intellectual achievements. Yet, she is curious to learn more.

She has developed into a responsible member of a community. The lessons your daughter learned in the classroom are reinforced on the playing field. Those friendships formed at the lunch table are bonds that last a lifetime.

Our students graduate prepared to live in the world outside 790 Centre Street, filled with confidence in themselves and hope for the future.

It is a remarkably rich high school experience that a Mount Alvernia diploma represents.