Programs and Departments

With classes averaging 20 young men, and a student-faculty ratio of 13 to 1, the learning environment allows individualized attention from teachers. Archbishop Curley High School recognizes that every student has a unique educational background. With this in mind, Curley provides an individualized classroom experience designed to bring the most out of every student. The curriculum includes class levels that allow students to challenge themselves at all times, receive individualized attention when necessary, and prepare for college in a rigorous academic environment. Every student accepted at Archbishop Curley High School has the potential to achieve in this college-preparatory environment. The curriculum is structured to provide students with the skills to enter and the discipline to succeed in the college or university of their choice.

The Franciscan Program

The Franciscan Program is an interdisciplinary program available to students for their entire four year high school career. Students in the Franciscan Program participate in honors level courses, which emphasize effective speaking and writing skills. Course work includes intense student participation, regular classroom discussion, active listening, innovative and critical thought, and in-depth treatment of material. Students in the Franciscan Program must be prepared to grow as independent learners.

At the end of their freshman year, students in the Franciscan Program may be eligible to participate in the Scholars, a three-year program of high academic rigor.

Contact info:

Ms. Cheryl Jose
Franciscan Scholars Program Coordinator
(410) 485-5000 #276

The Cupertino Program

The Cupertino Program is a college-preparatory academic program for students working at or near grade level. A student’s placement within the program is evaluated on a regular basis to ensure a challenging and appropriate curriculum. The Cupertino Program, as with the entire academic program at Curley, provides a unique level of flexibility in a student’s course work when compared to other private schools. Students are encouraged to enroll in Honors courses for the subject areas in which they excel while remaining in the Cupertino Program for their other courses. An emphasis is placed in all Cupertino courses on obtaining mastery in the areas of Discovery, Expression, Collaboration, and Integration. A rigorous curriculum, which includes a strong focus on the 21st Century skills needed for success in the modern world, prepares students well for college and life beyond high school.

Contact info:

Mr. Zachary Dziedzic
Asst. Principal for Academics
(410) 485-5000 x202

The Anthony Program

The Anthony Program is a multifaceted college preparatory program that addresses the needs of young men of diverse backgrounds who are at risk for academic difficulties due to a learning difference, lower self-esteem, and/or socio-emotional issues. The goals of the Anthony Program are to individualize learning, to assess progress, to build self-esteem and self-confidence, and to strengthen moral values. Maximum learning potential is achieved through the implementation of cross-curricular behavioral strategies, individualized assessments to measure academic performance, and most importantly, an integrated team-teaching approach.

Contact info:

Ms. Kathleen Maskell
Anthony Program Coordinator
(410) 485-5000 #377

Business / Technology Department

The Accounting Program within the Business Department provides the basics for a college major in accounting and possible employment in the profession. Some of our graduates have received college scholarships in accounting. The department is staffed by teachers who have all worked in some business capacity prior to working in education at Archbishop Curley. The Department is also committed to offering the most current and up-to-date facilities, technology and curriculum. Archbishop Curley High School has been upgrading its facilities and computer program to offer its students the best and most current computer instruction. The computer program is designed to grow and develop over time to incorporate new technology as it becomes available.

Freshmen:  n/a

Sophomore:  Computer Applications (1/2 credit)

Juniors:  Accounting I, Business Management, Intro to Programming C++, Intro to Programming Visual Basic, Personal Business Management

Seniors:  Accounting I, Accounting II, Intro to Programming C++, Intro to Programming Visual Basic, Consumer Education & Law, Senior Internet & Web Page Design

Instructor:  Mr. Stephen Streckfus '93, Fr. Nick Rokitka OFM Conv.


English Department

The English Department is staffed with an experienced and enthusiastic faculty who dedicate their time and effort to reading and writing across the curriculum. They infuse their teaching with dedication to the subject matter: grammar, composition, creative and practical writing, the reading and analytical study of both British and American literature, and public speaking skills. The department offers remediation for Freshman and Sophomore students who benefit from reinforcement of comprehension and writing skills. Advanced Placement is offered on the Junior and Senior levels for those students who wish to challenge their academic abilities.

Freshmen:  Grammar, Composition, Literature Survey, Research, Reading

Sophomores:  Composition, Literary Genres, Reading

Juniors:  British Literature, Creative Writing, AP British Literature

Seniors:  American Literature, Practical Writing, AP American Literature

Affiliated ClubsVisions Literary Magazine, Speech and Debate

Chairperson: Mr. Robert Picarello

Instructors:  Mr. John Badley, Ms. Bridget Sica, Mr. Corey Foard '13


Fine Arts

Archbishop Curley’s Fine Arts Department has a comprehensive academic program with progressive courses for the study of the Arts. The instrumental, art and vocal programs are staffed by professional musicians and artists who specialize in education. The Instrumental, Choral and Art rooms are well equipped with a variety of quality instruments, equipment and literature including an extensive library of Concert Band, Jazz and small ensemble literature, a complete section of percussion, as well as wind instruments from the piccolo to the tuba, all for student use.

Chairperson: Mr. Michael Gaffney

Vocal Music

Director: Mr. Michael Gaffney

Accompanist: Mr. Michael Britt

Courses and Groups:   Music Appreciation, Curley Choir, Schola Choir, Luminare Choir, Curley Ringers

Instrumental Music

Director: Mr. David Stauffer

Assistant Director: Mr. David Mackowiecki '93

Courses and Ensembles:  Musicianship, Concert Band, Curley Jazz, Drum Line

Visual Arts

Instructor: Mr. Mark Halcott '97

Courses:  Art Seminar, Design & Composition, Fine Arts, Senior Studio, Digital Photography,

Foreign Language Department

Archbishop Curley High School’s Foreign Language Department is staffed by excellent teachers whose emphasis is based on teaching not only the spoken language, but also on teaching respect for all cultures. An emphasis is placed on developing speaking, reading, writing and listening skills. Dual enrollment is through Anne Arundel Community College and is offered for AP Spanish Language, AP Spanish Literature, Honors Italian III and Honors Italian IV.

Spanish I, Spanish II, Spanish III, Spanish IV, AP Spanish Language, AP Spanish Literature

French I, French II

Italian I, Italian II, Italian III, Italian IV

Latin I, Latin II

Clubs/Activities affiliated with department:  Field trips to Baltimore Museum of Art,  La Tasca and other ethnic restaurants, Spanish Club, Italian Club, Spanish National Honor Society, yearly trip to Europe.

Chairperson:  Ms. Cheryl Jose

Instructors:  Mrs. Catherine Miserendino, Ms. Rebecca Reed, Mr. Mark Muth '09


Mathematics Department

The Mathematics Department has at its disposal a variety of books to supplement the text in the class. The Department also has use of computers in each class with software programs dedicated to the field of mathematics.

Freshmen:  Pre-Algebra, Algebra I, Honors Algebra I

Sophomores:  Algebra I, Plane Geometry, Solid & Coordinate Geometry, Descriptive Geometry

Juniors:  Algebra II and Trigonometry, Honors Algebra II and Trigonometry, Descriptive Geometry, Pre-Calculus, Calculus

Seniors:  Math Concepts, College Algebra and Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus, Calculus, AP Calculus

Organizational Affiliates: NCTM - National Council of Teachers of Math, MSTM - Maryland State Teachers of Math

Chairperson:  Ms. Carrie Jenkins

Instructors:  Mr. Phil Forte, Mr. Gene Hoffman '69,  Mr. Tim Weeks, Mr.Brendan Ryan, Mr. Greg Loftus '95, Ms. Candice Marshall, Mr. Peter Moon,


Physical Education

The Physical Education Department is staffed by veteran teachers who present a balanced physical education program. The department strongly believes “Mens Sana in Corpore Sano” - “A Sound Mind in a Sound Body”.

Freshmen:  Health (½ credit)

Sophomores:  Physical Education I (½ credit)

Juniors:  Physical Education II (½ credit)

Seniors:  Weight Training & Conditioning, Athletic Training, Senior Physical Education

Chairperson:  Mr. Marty McGinty

Instructors:   Mr. Gene Hoffman '69, Mr. Travis Williams, Mr. Barry Stitz '87


Science Department

Investigative labs are central to all science course offerings.  For juniors and seniors we are proud to offer a variety of elective courses to interest students in all 3 school programs (Franciscan, Cupertino, Anthony).  This includes 4 AP science courses.

In addition to the school wide iPad program four science labs contain PC’s at each student table to further enhance offerings.  A variety of modern equipment is used to support course investigations.  Examples include: biotechnology equipment for investigating DNA and proteins, LabQuest 2’s and probes used in all courses, InterWrite Boards (Smart Boards), and of course microscopes.

Freshmen:  Biology

Sophomores:  Chemistry

Juniors & Seniors: Physics, AP Physics B, AP Physics C, AP Biology, AP Environmental Science, Environmental Issues of the Chesapeake Bay, Anatomy & Physiology, Human Anatomy, Concepts in Anatomy, Forensic Science, and Astronomy & Meteorology,.

Affiliated Clubs:  Biology Club, Environmental Club, Robotics Club

Chairperson:  Mr. Michael DeMarco

Instructors:  Mr. Liam Breathnach, Mrs. Angela Cogswell, Mr. John Malloy, Ms. Danielle Larsen


Social Studies Department

A college preparatory curriculum placing stress on writing, research, public speaking and analytical skills. In addition, the challenging elective courses offered allow students to study particular areas of interest, and through our Advanced Placement course, receive college credit. In addition, a vast collection of primary documents, historical videos, computer programs, maps and globes are the background of the Department. Through the use of these materials, figures and events are placed in perspective to be easily understood with relevance to today’s ever-evolving world.

Freshmen:  World Civilization

Sophomores:  US History

Juniors:  American Government

Seniors:  AP US History, 20th Century History, Psychology, Geography, American Military History, Economics, History of Maryland

Affiliated Clubs / Activities:  History Club, Mock Election

Chairperson:  Mr. Christopher Ogle

Instructors:  Mr. Tyler Cuomo ’08, Mr. Robert Lombardi, Mr. Tim Skarda '08, Ms. Elisabeth Tisdale, Mr. Robert Hickey


Theology Department

In the spirit of Saint Francis of Assisi the Theology Department at Archbishop Curley has developed a comprehensive curriculum that focuses on significant areas of Catholic Faith and Spiritual Development. At the same time, that curriculum also emphasizes the holistic, educational development of each student by emphasizing writing skills, research, oral presentation and analysis. The staff is experienced, enthusiastic and dedicated to the spiritual, intellectual and emotional growth of the individual student. In coordination with Campus Ministry, the Department provides many opportunities for individual and group prayer, participation in the liturgy and receiving the sacraments. In addition, there are retreats and social justice activities within the community. Throughout the year, activities take place in the Archbishop Curley Chapel which is available to the Department and to the school at large. The Department may also invite “outside” speakers to address students on various subjects, including abortion, premarital sex, natural family planning and marriage, and Catholic social justice.

Freshmen: Introduction to the Bible and Introduction to the Mystery of Jesus Christ

Sophomores: Introduction to the Mission of Jesus Christ and Introduction to the Mystery of the Church

Juniors:  Moral Principles and Moral Problems

Seniors:  Christian Life Choices and Church History, Philosophy

Affiliated Organizations:  Franciscan Youth Ministry, FLEX Team Peer Ministry Program, Mission 4 Service Program, Class Retreats

Chairperson:  Fr. Matthew Foley, OFM Conv.,

Instructors: Mr. Phil Forte, Ms. Meeri Kangas, Mr. Jamie Long '98, Mr. Mark Muth '09, Mr. Jon Pressimone, Fr. Nick Rokitka OFM Conv, Mr. Brendan Ryan, Br. Lawrence LaFlame OFM Conv., Fr. Emmanuel Wenke OFM Conv.

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