Academics

Catholic High students become articulate in speech and writing, adept in the usage of technology, able to understand human culture through a study of humanities and the arts, and adept in those academic and social skills that promote team building and problem solving. Upon graduation, Catholic High students possess the knowledge and the experience to succeed in higher education and beyond.

Honors Program

This program is designed to provide select students with a challenging and rigorous academic course of study. Incoming students enroll in all honors level classes and take Advanced Placement (AP) and dual-enrollment courses in their junior and senior years, enabling them to earn college credit while at Catholic High.

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College Preparatory Program

This standard course of study allows student to engage in diverse coursework over four years that exceeds MSDE requirements, making our students academically able and college-ready. The faculty of Catholic High is committed to preparing each student for an enriching college experiences.

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Law and Leadership Program

This program empowers young women to be active, engaged citizens by providing them with the academic experiences they need to successfully effect change in their local communities and beyond. The Law and Leadership Program is designed for young women who have excellent writing, presentation, and communication skills while providing leadership opportunities, extracurricular involvement, and real-world experiences in Law and Leadership.

Program Overview

This program empowers young women to be active, engaged citizens by providing them with the academic experiences they need to successfully effect change in their local communities and beyond. The Law and Leadership Program is designed for young women who have excellent writing, presentation, and communication skills while providing leadership opportunities, extracurricular involvement, and real-world experiences in Law and Leadership. Our curriculum develops the essential skills of responsible leadership, with a comprehensive appreciation for the principles and values upon which the legal system rests in order to successfully impact society in a morally, ethically, and responsible way.

Setting the foundation of the program, freshman and sophomore students take classes in Public Speaking, History, Leadership in the Franciscan Tradition, and Latin or Spanish.

Creating an appreciation for the moral and ethical values of the legal system, juniors and seniors take courses in Government, Economics, Law, Research, Writing, Global Issues, Law through History, Leadership and Social Justice. A culmination of the program takes place senior year in which students will have a capstone project that incorporates the creation of a Strategic Plan.

To ensure the young women in this program are becoming active, engaged citizens, students must participate in at least two of the following extra-curricular activities:

  • Duns Scotus Forensics Society
  • Student Council
  • Youth Government Program
  • TCHS/Curley Mock Trial Team
  • Maryland Page Program
  • Student Congress
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STEM Program

This program enables students to begin an intense academic program in their freshman year with special emphasis in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The curriculum includes Physics, Chemistry, Biology, two additional advanced sciences; NASA Engineering, Computer Engineering; Algebra II, Geometry; AB/BC Calculus; and a Senior Capstone Project.

Program Overview

Catholic High's recognized four-year project-based experiential STEM Program inspires future generations of young women to pursue exciting, rewarding and well-paying careers needed for the future growth of our nation in areas traditionally not previously available to them. Knowledge learned in STEM disciplines, the acquisition of advanced skills through hand-on, project-centered methods of inquiry will propel our students to succeed in colleges, universities and jobs of their choice. In addition to courses during the school year, taught in our state-of-the-art Joanne Liberatore Kramer Engineering Room and Engineering Lab, Catholic High STEM students are required and eager to attend exciting and fun 1 week Summer Enrichment Camps each year.

Requirements for Acceptance

Acceptance into the STEM Program is based on the following criteria. Students must:

  • Complete the STEM Application
  • Score high in the areas of mathematics and science on standardized testing and the High School Placement Test.
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Complete Algebra I before the start of freshman year
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Biomedical Program

This program allows young women to explore rigorous directed content, in the medical sciences, not available in most high school environments. Through a combination of course work, field experiences, and speakers, students explore a wide variety of college majors and post college careers. The program actively builds partnerships with hospitals and health care providers. It is our mission to bring a level of "real world" experiences not available in the classroom.

Program Overview

Catholic High offers a premier education to young women and our life science program is a strategic addition to our already strong academic content. The four-year Biomedical Program is designed to allow young women to explore a wealth of careers and college majors based on their interests and abilities in the research science and medical fields. This is accomplished with a variety of coursework that is not available in most high schools like:

  • Epidemiology which focuses on not only the control of disease but also takes a social justice approach to the challenges of public health around the world
  • Biotechnology which explores how cellular and biological processes can be harnessed to develop technologies and products to help improve our lives
  • Bioethics which is based on a class taught at the Kennedy School of Ethics, Georgetown University that focuses on some of the most difficult moral challenges that we face in health, medicine, and emerging technologies

We take learning to next level by marrying biomedical scientific literacy with a hands-on/minds-on approach. For example:

  • In Biomed Biology - students not only learn about mitosis but apply their knowledge to a cancer and chemotherapy experiment
  • In Anatomy and Physiology - students not only learn about the integumentary system but practice various types of wound closure using synthetic skin (sutures, staples, surgical glue, etc.)
  • In Biotechnology - students not only learn about biomolecules but they utilize a host of biochemical assays and molecular biology techniques like DNA fingerprinting, restriction enzyme analysis, bacterial transformation, and polymerase chain reaction to list just a few
  • In Epidemiology - students not only learn about infectious disease but participate in a bioterrorism tabletop simulation and role-play

All Biomed students are required to complete their Senior Capstone Project which is embedded in the Bioethics class.

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Visual and Performing Arts Program

The McCafferty Visual and Performing Arts Program allows young women to concentrate in one specific area of the arts, thus preparing them more completely for further collegiate studies. The students will complete graduated levels of instruction in their particular discipline, build portfolios, participate in regional competitions, and will have musical performance and art exhibition opportunities.

Visual and Performing Arts Overview

Musicians, vocalists, actors, graphic designers, sculptors, painters, and artists form the Fine & Creative Arts Department at Catholic High. These students learn about history, foundational principles, and are assessed mainly by studio-based or performance-based projects.

McCafferty Hall has been home to Catholic High's Visual & Performing Arts Department since 1960. When one walks the hall, she experiences creativity, displayed in the hard work of our student artists, photographers, musicians, actors, and singers. From art to theatrical productions to concerts, Catholic High's love for creativity shines. Our comprehensive visual and performing arts curriculum helps to provide each Catholic High student with a full range of study that keeps our students involved and engaged. Students of every skill level are invited and encouraged to broaden their knowledge in one of the arts disciplines, and thereby fulfill their one arts credit requirement for graduation.

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Archangel Program

This program provides an opportunity for success to students who have encountered academic difficulties during elementary and middle school. The Archangel Program offers small class sizes, a Mentor Program, and close coordination with home.

Program Overview

The Archangel Program provides opportunities for success to students who encountered academic difficulties during elementary and middle school. Through small class sizes, frequent student-teacher interaction, close cooperation between home and school, and the student's commitment to success, the Archangel student will proceed through a college preparatory program. Archangel students are integrated into other class levels based upon academic achievement in their junior year.

To enhance the learning experience and make lessons more interactive, students utilize the most state-of-the-art technology including iPads with various educational applications.

Requirements for Acceptance

Any prospective student who has an IEP, 504 plan, or psychological educational evaluation should enclose it with the Application for Admission.

Each student must take the High School Placement Test. Once accepted, the Woodcock-Johnson III will be administered in the fall of the freshman year and the spring of the sophomore year.

In addition, incoming Archangel freshmen complete a one-week summer program prior to Grade 9. The summer program includes two hours a day for Pre-Algebra and two hours a day for Reading/English/Study Skills. Attendance in each session is based on academic need.

If you are unsure whether the Archangel Program would benefit your daughter, please contact the Office of Enrollment at 410.732.6200 ext. 216 to schedule an appointment.

There is no late acceptance without testing and approval of the Coordinator of the Archangel Program. There is an additional $1,500 cost for full Archangel students (Math and English), and a $1,000 for partial Archangel students (either Math or English).

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