The origin of Divine Mercy Catholic Academy
On the morning of September 1, 1964, 200 children (grades 1-6), four Sisters of Mercy from Galway City, Ireland, one lay teacher, the pastor and friends participated in a ceremony in a warehouse at Merritt Island Airport that began the dream of Divine Mercy School.
In the year 2000, the flexible meeting areas were renovated and converted into a state of the art library/media center with an accompanying media production studio.
In 2001- 2002 Divine Mercy replaced the old playground equipment with new, enlarged and refurbished the computer lab, added a full science lab, security system and set up a second computer lab in the library/media center.
The school community developed a strategic plan, and the parish undertook a capital campaign for the refurbishment of the Church and School facilities during the 2002 – 2003 school year.
The 40th Anniversary Year of the School (2004-2005) was a very significant year. Divine Mercy School was officially recognized by the U. S. Department of Education as a Blue Ribbon School. In addition, a very successful capital campaign afforded the refurbishment of the entire school facility inside and out during the summers of 2005 and 2006 which also included state of the art technology throughout the school, a new science lab and a media production studio.
In 2008, a Future Planning Task Force was created made up of the Pastor, the Principal, Teachers, School Board Members, and Parish Finance Committee Members. The purpose of the Future Planning Task Force was to develop a Strategic Plan to lead the school into the 21st Century, to re-brand market the school to the Space Coast Population. With the help of a national consulting group called Catholic School Management, this was accomplished. In 2011, Divine Mercy Catholic School was renamed Divine Mercy Catholic Academy with a focus on developing skills for the 21st Century.
True to the pioneer spirit of Merritt Island’s early Catholic Community, Divine Mercy has always labored diligently with limited resources to achieve excellence in education. It is through that spirit that the Divine Mercy Catholic Academy continues to be the hub of educational activity, with lifelong learning programs continuing to meet the needs of individuals and families as it boldly enters a new phase of growth into the new millennium.