A Dozen Reasons to Choose Catholic School
You want the best for your child. That includes the best education. Give your child an opportunity to reach their intellectual, physical, social and moral potential by enrolling them in a Catholic elementary, middle or high school in the Archdiocese of Baltimore.
Almost 25,000 students attend a Catholic school in the Archdiocese of Baltimore, which include 45 elementary and middle schools and 19 high schools located in Baltimore City, Allegany, Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Frederick, Harford, Howard and Washington Counties.
Archdiocese of Baltimore schools have a lot to offer. Here’s what sets them apart from other Catholic schools.
Excellence in college, and in life, starts with excellence in the classroom. Archdiocese of Baltimore students consistently score above state and national averages on standardized tests, including the SAT and ACT.
Students receive a balanced curriculum that includes the basics as well as music and arts, foreign language, science, math, technology, and Catholic faith. Twenty-five Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Baltimore have received the National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence Award by the U.S. Department of Education—the highest academic honor awarded by the U.S. government.
Technology in the classroom
Students use “real world” technology in the classroom: iPads, Google Chromebooks and other tools to assist learning.
Students collaborate, communicate, problem-solve, ask questions, research and create projects, all with new technology. Technology isn’t viewed as just an add-on, but instead as integral to student learning.
Safe, nurturing learning
Catholic schools also emphasize moral development. They prepare students to be productive citizens and future leaders, emphasizing the importance of community service.
Teachers in area Catholic schools do more than teach. They take time to get to know their students and figure out how they learn best. Their attention allows students’ best selves to come forth. Teachers instill a positive learning environment that helps kids get excited about school.
Extracurricular and cocurricular activities
In addition to regular studies, students have a chance to participate in dozens of outside activities, including marching band, performing arts, environmental studies and robotics, to name a few of the many activities students can explore.
If you pay attention to social media, you may have seen and heard the Cardinal Shehan Catholic School choir’s rendition of “Rise Up,” the hit song by Andra Day. Their performance went viral, with over 60 million views, earning the choir an appearance on “Good Morning America!”
Starting in elementary school, students have the opportunity to participate in soccer, basketball, cross-country and other activities. In middle and high school, the options extend to sports such as lacrosse, rowing, baseball, football, wrestling and more. Many students receive scholarships to play at the college level.
Community service is a big part of Catholic school student life. Students learn how to put others first and see how their actions can contribute to the common good of the wider community.
Catholic school students from preschool to 12th grade participate in service projects throughout the year. Projects range from collecting items for food pantries and volunteering at senior centers to helping to build homes for people in developing countries.
Catholic faith and values
Although Catholic identity is a part of the school experience, Archdiocese of Baltimore schools welcome children from all faiths.
Catholic schools have a long history of educating children of all religious backgrounds. About 30 percent of the student body is comprised of children from non-Catholic families. Surveys have shown that families from all faiths appreciate the emphasis on prayer, morals and values.
Archdiocese of Baltimore schools offer educational programs to meet the needs of its diverse community. Signature programs vary from school to school.
For example, Archbishop Borders School in the Highlandtown neighborhood of Baltimore offers a dual language Spanish immersion program that starts as early as preschool. St. Pius X School in Rodgers Forge just north of Baltimore and close to Towson, is currently the only Catholic Montessori school in Maryland.
St. Francis of Assisi School, a prek-8th grade school in northeast Baltimore, became the first nonpublic school in Baltimore to become an International Baccalaureate World School. The program develops middle school students into internationally minded leaders.
All Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Baltimore have a STEM-focused curriculum. Many schools have Makerspace, STEM Labs or Innovation Labs to enhance the STEM curriculum.
St. Joan of Arc School in Aberdeen and Resurrection-St. Paul School in Ellicott City both received STEM certifications from AdvancedEd, and international accrediting organization.
Eighteen schools in the Archdiocese of Baltimore have received recognition by the State of Maryland as Green Schools from the Maryland Association for Environmental & Outdoor Education. Green schools encourage students to think about environmental impact and to make sustainable choices in terms of water conservation, energy conservation, solid waste reduction and habitat restoration.
Learning Difference Programs
Many Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of Baltimore offer programs for students with learning differences. The PRIDE (Pupils Receiving Inclusive Diversified Education) program is the signature learning difference program of the Archdiocese, and is offered at St. Michel-St. Clement School in Overlea, St. Mark in Catonsville and St. John Regional Catholic School in Frederick. PRIDE is an innovative program designed to meet the unique learning needs of k-8th students. Experienced special education teachers use customized programs, smaller class sizes and a modified Language Arts and/or Math curriculum to help students achieve their greatest learning potential.
Ready to learn more about Archdiocese of Baltimore’s standout schools? Visit Archbalt.org/schools to find a school near you.