School Overview

School Overview

Mission Statement

Empowered by Gospel values and rooted in the spirit and tradition of Saints Francis and Clare of Assisi, The Catholic High School of Baltimore, a sponsored institution of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia, is dedicated to the education of young women in an environment that fosters Christian attitudes of dignity and respect for the human person and all of creation.

In our mission, we recognize that through education the empowerment of women can effect the transformation of our society.  Therefore, we challenge our school community to academic excellence, to responsible leadership, and to Christian community service.


The Catholic High School of Baltimore provides a positive educational environment for young women throughout Maryland.  The school community challenges its constituents to academic excellence, responsible leadership, and Christian community service. This prepares students for leadership roles in the community, in the Church, and in the world of the twenty-first century.


  • We believe a Catholic education rooted in the spirit and tradition of Saints Francis and Clare of Assisi prepares young women to joyfully live the Gospel message.
  • We believe in celebrating what makes each of us unique.
  • We believe our diverse school community affords our students exposure to and understanding of cultural uniqueness.
  • We believe in fostering Christian attitudes of dignity and respect for humankind and all of creation.
  • We believe each student has God-given gifts of the mind, body, and soul which must be nurtured to ensure her success.
  • We believe education is creative and innovative, providing authentic and experiential learning for the diverse needs of our 21st century students.
  • We believe cooperation between home and the school community enhances student success.
  • We believe in developing independent thinkers who are moral, responsible leaders.
  • We believe in challenging our students to be advocates for peace, justice and reconciliation.
  • We believe service to others is a vital part of our Franciscan mission and we challenge our students to serve all God’s people compassionately, justly, and responsibly.
  • We believe that through learning, leading, and serving, the empowerment of women can positively effect the transformation of society.


With the permission of the Most Reverend Michael J. Curley, Archbishop of Baltimore from 1921 to 1947, and through the efforts of Mother Mary Generosa McCafferty, Provincial Superior of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia, a new Catholic high school was erected during the period of 1938 to 1939. The property was known as the Raming Estate, located in northeast Baltimore on the west side of Edison Highway. The name of the institution as presented to the Archbishop read: "The Curley High School of Baltimore." Not wishing the school named after himself, Archbishop Curley substituted the word "Catholic" for "Curley," thus the title was incorporated.

Classes began September 6, 1939, with a student body of 254 freshmen. The faculty consisted of the Sisters of St. Francis of Glen Riddle, Pennsylvania. The Class of 1943 had the responsibility and privilege of laying the foundation upon which Catholic High's traditions would rest.

The Catholic High School of Baltimore continues today under the sponsorship of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia.

Graduate Profile

As a result of what she learned and experienced at The Catholic High School of Baltimore, it is expected that every graduate is:

spiritually rooted and therefore

  • maintains a relationship with God centered on prayer
  • lives the gospel at all times, using words when necessary
  • believes in Christian moral convictions and confidently lives a life consistent with them
  • respects and celebrates the God-given uniqueness of each person

intellectually equipped and therefore

  • thinks critically and communicates effectively
  • displays a curiosity about the world in which she lives
  • possesses the academic and technological skills to support a lifetime of self-directed learning
  • utilizes logic, experience, and observation to analyze different ways of thinking

socially responsible and therefore          

  • accepts responsibility and consequences of her actions
  • collaborates with others toward a common goal
  • advocates for peace, justice, and reconciliation in the global community
  • serves all of God’s people compassionately, justly, and responsibly
  • maintains a high standard of integrity and serves as a model to others



The Catholic High School of Baltimore, Inc. is sponsored by the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia. As such, the Members of the Corporation include the Congregational Minister and elected Council along with two appointed sisters. The Members have clearly defined reserve powers over the institution. The Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia define sponsorship as follows:

As Sisters of St.Francis of Philadelphia, we place our congregational name, our identity and our commitment behind specific ministries. By this action, we assume responsibility for promoting and assuring consistency with Gospel values, our congregational mission statement and the social teachings of the Church. As sponsors, we publicly identify with, exert appropriate influence in, and provide various levels of support to these ministries. In so doing, we fulfill our responsibility of stewardship for our heritage, mission and resources. Sponsorship allows us, within the appropriate structure of the ministry, to collaborate with the laity and to share with them authority and responsibility for the mission of the Church. As sponsors, we are both recipients and carriers of the Gospel vision and values, the tradition of Francis and Clare of Assisi and the charism of Mother Francis Bachmann. We commit ourselves to preserve, shape, and extend this legacy in the manner most appropriate to each sponsored ministry.

Board of Trustees

The Catholic High School of Baltimore, Inc. is governed by a Board of Trustees. This Board develops policies that give direction to the Corporation and enable it to reach its agreed upon goals. These policies govern the operation of The Catholic High School of Baltimore. In the exercise of this power, the Trustees of Catholic High are responsible for preserving the Catholic character of the Corporation as established by the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia. Membership of the Board of Trustees consists of between 15 and 21 members, among whom are Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia.


A team of administrators oversees the day-to-day operations of the school. The President is head of school and chief executive officer. The school’s by-laws, as defined by the Board of Trustees, list the responsibilities and duties of the President. The Directors of Mission, Institutional Advancement, and Finance, along with the Principal, oversee various aspects of the school’s operation. The Vice-Principal assists the Principal, and may, in the absence of the Principal, act on his/her behalf.

Academic Departments

Each academic discipline area is coordinated by a Department Chairperson. It is the duty of the Chairperson to work closely with the Principal to oversee and carry out the curricular goals of the department,to assist in faculty supervision and evaluation, to oversee the department budgets, and to make textbook recommendations. The Chairperson is a member of the school’s Academic Council.

Support Services

The school offers students and their parent services that support the educational program. Included in this area are the Departments of Guidance, Library/Media, Health Services, and Food Service.