Why Catholic Education

Now, more than ever, the world needs what Catholic schools have to offer-high standards, moral foundation and a positive, compassionate energy that our society needs right now.

Our story starts with our heritage.  Going back to 1634, when Maryland was settled as a refuge for English Catholics.  Then to 1789, when the Archdiocese of Baltimore was established as the first Catholic diocese in the United States.  To 1810, when Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton laid the foundation for the Catholic school system in the United States by opening her school for girls in Baltimore.  To 1829, when Mother Mary Lange founded America’s first Catholic school for girls of color.  And to 1847, when Blessed Theresa of Jesus, foundress of the School Sisters of Notre Dame came to Baltimore to teach girls in Baltimore City.  It was the dream of Mother Theresa to establish schools to educate girls and young women.

That spirit of education has been in our hearts ever since, and it’s visible in our schools every day.  Here, every student is valued.  Learning is celebrated.  Faith is strengthened.  We provide the rigorous, advanced education that our children need.

And for all of us, clergy, religious and laity, providing that education is far more than a job.  It’s a higher calling.

After all, Catholic schools are founded in faith, helping students realize the full potential of their God given abilities.  Bringing Christ’s message of service to others above self raises Catholic education to a higher level.

We also demonstrate that Catholic schools rise to the high standards of instruction that today’s world demands, particularly in math, science and technology.

Our schools challenge students and teachers to go beyond the status quo and exceed expectations.

For the Archdiocese of Baltimore: Catholic Schools, Rise Above.