Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is the Curley Difference?

The difference between Archbishop Curley’s approach and that of other schools boils down to Curley’s focus on the individual. This focus extends to our academic, co-curricular and technology program and is a direct reflection of our school’s Franciscan character. Curley’s size, a community of 560 students, lends itself to providing the young men in our care with all of the opportunities of a much larger school while maintaining a community where every student is valued and known by name.

2. What does it mean to be a Franciscan school?

Archbishop Curley is the only all-male Franciscan high school in the city of Baltimore and the state of Maryland. This means that we are shaped by the example of St. Francis of Assisi. Commonly known for his ministry to the poor and his love of nature, St. Francis tried to make real the experience of Jesus Christ in the lives of those he met. The Franciscan Friars who work at Curley and the men and women they work with do the same as we work to instill St. Francis’s message of following the gospel in the lives of our students.

3. What is the Curley looking for in an applicant?

Archbishop Curley seeks a young man who is achieving to his academic potential, has an interest in participating in our co-curricular program, has a deep respect for the rich tradition of Archbishop Curley High School, is dedicated to contributing positively to the culture of the “Curley Family” and strives to become a great man.    

4. What is the cost of tuition and is financial aid available?

Tuition for the 2018-19 school year is $14,500. Each family has the opportunity to apply for financial aid and Curley works hard to provide aid to families in need. Last year alone we distributed more than $1 million in aid. Families applying for financial aid must complete the Application for Financial Aid through FACTS ( All students who apply to Curley are eligible for all merit based academic scholarships, endowed scholarships, general grants, athletic grants and instrumental music scholarships.

5. What does the typical academic schedule look like for a freshman student?

The typical freshman schedule consists of six full credit and two half credit courses. The core curriculum for freshmen consists of courses in Theology, English, Social Studies, Foreign Language, Math and Science. Curley operates on a six-day cycle schedule with rotating class periods. Freshmen have two study hall periods built into the six-day cycle.

6. What is the average class size?

The average class size at Curley is 21 students.

7. How does Curley incorporate technology into the classroom?

Archbishop Curley features a 1:1 iPad program, through which students are utilizing cutting-edge technology in each of their academic courses on a daily basis. As a result of this emphasis on technology, we have been able to reduce the number of text books and lower the cost associated with purchasing texts for the year. Students are able to access a multitude of resources in the classroom and at home allowing them to engage the course material in new and exciting ways. Our lessons are designed to incorporate these varied elements and as teachers we are able to provide a more dynamic learning experience.

8. How is the academic program at Curley structured?

Archbishop Curley features an academic program offering its students three distinct
college-preparatory learning opportunities. Curley’s Franciscan Program is our Honors program and serves students well above grade level. The Cupertino Program of study is geared toward students that are equivalent to grade level while the Anthony Program is designed for students that are one to two grade levels below where they need to be or may be working with mild learning differences. At Curley students are not locked into one academic program and may take courses in multiple academic programs. In line with our Franciscan values, it is Curley’s goal to individualize each student’s academic program and to challenge each young man appropriately in all academic disciplines. 

9. Does Curley offer a bus service?

Yes, Curley offers a morning and afternoon bus service serving a number of suburbs in the Baltimore Metropolitan area. You can access the bus routes via the following link. 

10. How do families schedule a visit?

There are numerous opportunities throughout the year for families to experience Archbishop Curley firsthand. This fall Curley will host its Open House on the weekend of October 27 and 28 from 10 AM to 12PM both days. Students in the eighth grade are invited to participate in Curley’s “Friar for a Day” shadow visitor program. Families can register for a visit either online at or by calling the Admissions Office at 410-485-5000(x209). Individual tours are available by appointment and can be scheduled by calling the Admissions Office.

11. Does Curley accept transfer students?

Archbishop Curley accepts transfer students for matriculation in its sophomore and junior class. Curley will accept senior transfers only in special circumstances and will review these applications on an individual basis. It is expected that transfer students will begin their tenure at Curley at the beginning of the school year, but the school will in some cases allow students to transfer at the end of the first quarter or at mid-year. 

12. What is the student dress code?

The student dress code at Curley consists of dress or khaki pants, a solid-colored dress shirt, dress shoes, a tie/bowtie. A sport coat is required from October through April.

13. Does Curley provide College Counseling services?

Archbishop Curley features a full-time college counselor and provides comprehensive college counseling to all students. On average 98% of our graduates continue on to college and last year the Class of 2018 received more than $16.4 million in merit scholarships from over 100 colleges and universities! In recent years Curley graduates have been accepted into some of the nation’s finest universities including Brown, Columbia, Dartmouth, Wake Forest, Virginia Tech, Maryland, Virginia, Johns Hopkins  and many others. Curley men have tremendous opportunities upon graduation.

14. What kinds of activities can my son participate in after school?

Archbishop Curley offers a comprehensive athletics program featuring 26 teams in 14 sports, an award-winning fine arts program and a multitude of clubs and students organizations. Students are encouraged to participate in multiple co-curricular activities and involve themselves in school life. 

15. Does Curley offer the opportunity for students to take Advanced Placement courses?

Archbishop Curley offers 16 Advanced Placement (AP) and college level courses. In 2018, Curley students earned a total of 305 college credits through AP and Dual Enrollment offerings.

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