Catholic High School Education: A Foundation for Success
Catholic education prepares students for academic success, social responsibility, and, most importantly, for life. For generations, thousands of Catholic school alumni have attributed their personal growth to the consistent scholastic and social-emotional commitment they received during their high school tenure. Whether volunteering in the community or preparing for an AP exam, these students entered each day with the confidence the teachers and administrators at their school fully supported their mission to excel in all facets of their education.
The Archdiocese of Baltimore provides this foundation for success in its 18 Catholic high schools. Serving families from Baltimore City, as well as Allegany, Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Frederick, Harford, Howard, and Washington Counties, the Archdiocese of Baltimore offers secondary schools in a girls, boys, or co-educational environment. All Catholic schools share a common goal of providing opportunities for young men and women to pursue their passions and become the best versions of themselves, through challenging academics, service opportunities, spiritual growth and robust co-curricular and extracurricular programs. While all schools are uniquely Catholic, students from all faiths are welcome and appreciated in Catholic schools.
Click on the links to the Catholic high school websites below to learn more about each school.
Families choose a Catholic high school for their child’s education because of the challenging academics and college preparatory curriculum, as well as the broad range of major course offerings, co-curricular and extracurricular programs. Other factors that lead families to selecting a Catholic high school include:
- Small class sizes and individualized instruction
- Higher state and national standardized test scores
- Spiritual development and faith/character formation
- Safe and welcoming school environment
- Service projects and community involvement
- Leadership opportunities
- Diversity of sports and clubs offered
- Nationally recognized athletic and arts programs
If you are interested in learning more about a Catholic high school education in the Archdiocese of Baltimore, now is the time! The Catholic high school admissions process begins in the fall for the upcoming school year. Prospective students and families are encouraged to attend one of the archdiocesan sponsored high school fairs (in-person or virtually), as well as the open house at the school or schools of choice.
Archdiocese of Baltimore Catholic High School Open House and Virtual Fair Schedule
The next step is to schedule a shadow day. Shadow days give prospective students the opportunity to experience what Catholic high schools have to offer, by spending the day with a current student, attending classes, meeting teachers, engaging with coaches, and exploring the state-of-the-art facilities.
All prospective students interested in applying to a Catholic school will need to register for the High School Placement Test (HSPT). The HSPT is a standardized, timed, test, required of every 8th grade student applying to attend a Catholic high school in the Archdiocese of Baltimore. It contains five sections. The first two sections measure verbal and quantitate ability. The next three sections include questions related to reading comprehension, mathematics, and the components of written language. The HSPT questions are designed to test students at their curriculum level.
The High School Placement Test for the upcoming school year will be offered on December 4, 2021 and December 11, 2021.
Register here for the High School Placement Test!
All Catholic high schools require prospective students to submit a school-specific application as part of the admissions process. The application can be found under the admissions section of each school’s website. Applications for all Catholic high schools in the Archdiocese of Baltimore must be submitted by December 17, 2021 for the upcoming school year. Applications for scholarships, grants and financial aid are also due at this time.
Families will receive notification of admissions decisions, scholarships, and financial aid awards on February 17, 2022 for the upcoming school year.
For more information on the Catholic high schools in the Archdiocese of Baltimore, please view the high school guide or inquire today.