Carpe Diem Academy

About the Academy

The Carpe Diem Academy, an extended learning opportunity for students in kindergarten through second grade, currently runs at Diehl, Edison, Lincoln and McKinley Schools in Erie, Pa as part of Mercyhurst University’s ongoing efforts to enhance the quality of life in the community. The Academy was launched by Mercyhurst University in January 2012 due to a grant of $1.5 million from the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

The Academy is open four days a week from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. and available to approximately 60 students per school on a first-come first-served basis. The staff includes one site director, a certified teacher who is enrolled in Mercyhurst’s graduate program; and clinical support teachers who are Mercyhurst education majors in high standing. Students from Mercyhurst’s pre-service teacher education program provide small group instruction and one-to-one support as they fulfill clinical requirements.

Teaching teams execute a math and reading curriculum, facilitate arts and cultural experiences in partnership with local organizations, conduct daily health and wellness activities and provide a healthy snack and dinner. The Carpe Diem Academy involves many community partners, among them is the Arts Erie, the Erie Art Museum, Jump Bunch Sports and Fitness, and Penn State CORE.

Daily Schedule

A typical day afternoon for a Carpe Diem student would look like this:
  • 2:30-2:45 p.m. Snack and Journal Writing
  • 2:45-3:15 p.m. Physical Activity
  • 3:15-3:45 p.m. Reading/Math block
  • 3:45-4:15 p.m. Special sessions with JumpBunch, ArtsErie or iPad learning session
  • 4:14-4:45 p.m. Reading/Math block
  • 4:45-5:15 p.m. Dinner
  • 5:15-5:30 p.m. Dismissal


Cummings Gallery
Art Faculty Show

Dates: Aug 21-Sep 28, 2014

Location: Cummings Gallery

William Close and The Earth Harp Collective
William Close and The Earth Harp Collective

Dates: Sep 5

Location: Mary D'Angelo Performing Arts Center

Anais Mitchell
Anaïs Mitchell

Dates: Sep 30

Location: Erie Art Museum