Archbishop Curley High School’s rigorous academic program challenges each student to develop the skills necessary for success in the college or university of his choice.  Our dedicated faculty guide students through the learning process and help them maximize their potential.  Curley’s required courses provide a firm foundation for future success, while introducing students to elective courses designed to open minds to future college majors and careers.

In the Franciscan education model, each Curley Man is engaged in an active learning environment that asks him to think, discuss, investigate and create.  In these ways the student accepts more responsibility to grow in knowledge, thus preparing him to be a lifelong learner.

Proof of our students’ academic success can be measured by a 100% college acceptance rate, from an impressive list of colleges and universities, and over $21 million in merit scholarships awarded to the Class of  2023.  Individual success is measured by readiness for college, and the development of critical thinking, effective communication, and academic leadership.


ACADEMIC Programs

The Honors Program

Archbishop Curley’s Honors Program is designed to challenge highly talented and motivated students to pursue Advanced Placement (AP) and Honors level courses. Archbishop Curley maintains relationships with several local colleges and universities, encouraging students to earn college credits through dual-enrollment opportunities.

For an elite group of students, the St. Bonaventure Scholars Program offers an academic challenge beyond the honors curriculum. The St. Bonaventure Scholars program is a comprehensive experience that combines high-level academic coursework with opportunities and experiences that go beyond the classroom. A Capstone Project, the Days of Discovery program, and out-of-state college visits provide a rich and well-rounded experience for students who earn acceptance to this program.

Contact info:

Ms. Cheryl Jose
St. Bonaventure Program Coordinator
(410) 485-5000
cjose@archbishopcurley.org

The St. Anthony Program

The St. Anthony Program is a multifaceted college preparatory program intentionally designed for young men who require adaptive learning practices due to academic challenges, a diagnosed learning difference, or different learning styles. This program is meant to support students and provide its graduates with the tools necessary to succeed at the next level of education.

Contact info:

Mr. Peter Snarski
St. Anthony Program Coordinator
(410) 485-5000
psnarski@archbishopcurley.org


ACADEMIC DEPARTMENTS

Business Department

The Accounting Program within the Business Department provides the basis for a college major in accounting and possible employment in the profession. Some of our graduates have received college scholarships in accounting and are currently employed at various firms in and around Baltimore, including the Big 4. We also offer a personal finance course and an introduction to business, which, in part, includes an overview of marketing, leadership, ethics and economics.  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  focuses on developing practical, real-world skills for the 21st century using project-based learning.  The computer program is designed to grow and develop over time to incorporate new technology as it becomes available.

Juniors:  Accounting I, Principles of Business, Intro to Programming C++, Intro to Programming Visual Basic, Personal Finance

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

Instructors:  Mr. Stephen Streckfus ’93 and Mr. Karl Snyder

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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 British, American, and World Literature, and public speaking skills. The department offers adaptive learning opportunities for Freshmen and Sophomore students who benefit from the reinforcement of organizational, comprehension, and writing skills. Advanced Placement is offered on the Junior and Senior levels for those students who wish to challenge their academic abilities and seek dual enrollment on the collegiate level. 

Freshmen:  Composition, Grammar, and Literature Survey; Reading and Writing I
Sophomores: Composition, Literary Genres, and World Literature; Reading and Writing II
Juniors:  American Literature, Advanced Placement English Language and Composition; Real World Writing
Seniors:  Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition; British Literature; Literary and Mass Media Arts

Affiliated Clubs:  The Curley Chronicle Student Newspaper; Visions Literary Magazine; Curley Podcasting Club

Chairperson: Mrs. Kathy Schucker

Instructors:  Mr. Owen Edwards, Mr. Stephen Mince, Mrs. Kathy Schucker, Mr. Peter Snarski,  Ms. Holly Turlington, Mrs.Emily Vandergriff, Ms. Victoria Vandergriff


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  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

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

Instrumental Music

Director: Mr. Christopher Campbell

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

Ensembles: Symphonic Band, Jazz Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, Advanced Percussion Ensemble, and Drumline

Visual Arts

Instructor: Mr. Mark Halcott ’97

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


World Language Department

Archbishop Curley High School’s World 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 Notre Dame of Maryland University and is offered for AP Spanish Language, AP Spanish Literature, Honors Latin III and Honors Latin IV.

STUDENTS ARE REQUIRED TO TAKE 2 CONSECUTIVE YEARS OF A WORLD LANGUAGE TO REACH GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS, BUT ARE ENCOURAGED TO TAKE A WORLD LANGUAGE ALL FOUR YEARS.

A Spanish placement test is offered in the spring before freshman year.

Spanish I-IV, AP Spanish Language & Culture, AP Spanish Literature & Culture

Dual Enrollment is offered through Notre Dame of Maryland University for the AP Courses.

French I-IV

Latin I-IV

Dual Enrollment is offered through Notre Dame of Maryland University for Latin III and Latin IV

Clubs/Activities affiliated with department:  Global Seal of Biliteracy, Spanish National Society, Field Trips to Baltimore Museum of Art and Authentic Restaurants, Opportunities for International Trips Abroad

Chairperson: Mr. Mark Muth ’09

Instructors:  Ms. Cheryl Jose,  Mr. Mark Muth ’09, Mrs. Annie Bartomioli, Mr. Richard Golden, Friar Jonathan Garcia Zenteno OFM Conv.


Mathematics Department

The Mathematics Department strives to help students solidify basic concepts and skills and prepare for higher level mathematics. To this end, the department offers Advanced Placement mathematics courses for the mathematically talented as well as fundamental math application courses for students who struggle with quantitative analysis. Together with the National Math Honors Society, the department runs a peer tutoring program and Math Lab resources are integrated into Anthony math courses.

Freshmen:  Algebra I, Honors Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra ll, Pre-Calculus

Sophomores:  Algebra ll Honors, Pre-Calculus, AP Calculus AB, Plane Geometry, Solid & Coordinate Geometry, Descriptive Geometry

Juniors:  AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, Honors Calculus, Pre-Calculus, Honors Algebra ll and Trigonometry, Probability and Statistics.

Seniors:  AP Statistics, AP Calculus BC, AP Calculus AB, Honors Calculus, Honors Pre-Calculus, College Algebra/Probability & Statistics, Multi-Variable Calculus, Probability and Statistics

Affiliated Clubs / Activities: NMHS – National Math Honor Society, Math Club

Chairperson:  Ms. Carrie Jenkins

Instructors:  Ms. Carrie Jenkins, Mr. Tom Olszewski, Mr. Jim Pavlacka,  Mrs. Natalie Hax, Ms. Nancy Dalina, Mr. Karl Snyder, Ms. Catherine Smith


Physical Education

The Archbishop Curley Physical Education program is based upon the acquisition of knowledge and skills that are the foundation for engaging in physical activity. Our mission is to empower all students to sustain regular, lifelong physical activity as a foundation for a healthy, productive and fulfilling life.

Freshmen:  Health (½ credit)

Sophomores:  Physical Education I (½ credit)

Juniors:  Physical Education II (½ credit), Athletic training (1 credit), Weight Training & Conditioning (1/2 credit)

Seniors:  Weight Training & Conditioning (1/2 credit), Athletic Training, Senior Physical Education, Athletic Training (1 credit)

Chairperson:  Mr. Marty McGinty

Instructors:   Mr. Travis Williams, Mr. Daniel Kelly, Mr. Demonya Womack


Science Department

The overarching goal of Archbishop Curley High School’s science department is to provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to be scientifically literate citizens. To that end, students are required to pass three years of science for graduation. Many courses are offered at three levels. While the content and activities at each level are tailored to meet the students’ individual needs and abilities, a central curriculum forms the basis for all courses

For those students interested in pursuing a degree in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics) field, we offer the Project Lead the Way engineering program.
This program offers students the opportunity to engage in hands-on project based learning. Students will learn to apply the skills they have learned both in engineering and science courses to solve real world problems and prepare them to apply these skills in both future academic and career environments.

Science Courses
Freshmen: Biology
Sophomores: Chemistry
Juniors and Seniors: Human Anatomy, Anatomy & Physiology, Topics in Biotechnology, Forensic Science, Physics, AP Physics, AP Biology, AP Environmental Science

Engineering Courses
Freshmen: Engineering Essentials (1/2 Credit)
Sophomore: Introduction to Engineering
Juniors: Principles of Engineering
Seniors: Aerospace Engineering or Electric Vehicle (EV)

Affiliated Clubs:  HOSA (Health Occupation Students of America),  Robotics Club

Chairperson: Mrs. Kimberly Burton

Instructors: Mrs. Kimberly Burton, Ms. Danielle Larsen, Mrs. Julie Wysocki, Dr. Ashish Pandey, Mr. Daniel Kelly, Dr. Steven Kebejian, Mrs. Maria Hernandez


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:  United States History I (Founding to Reconstruction)

Juniors:  United States History II (Reconstruction to Present)

Seniors:  AP US History, AP American Government and Politics, 20th Century History, Psychology, Geography, American Military History, Economics, History of Maryland, International Relations

Affiliated Clubs / Activities:  History Club, Model UN

Chairperson:  Mr. Christopher Ogle

Instructors:  Ms. Elisabeth Tisdale, Mr. Daniel Ayd, Mr. Gordon Topper


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.

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: Sacraments and Morality or Junior Catholic Leadership

Seniors:  Catholic Social Teaching and Vocations or Senior Catholic Leadership

Electives: Introduction to Philosophy, Philosophical Ethics

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

Chairperson: Fr. Chris Dudek OFM Conv.

Instructors: Br. Lawrence LaFlame OFM Conv. 72’, Deacon Tim Maloney, Fr. Emmanuel Wenke OFM Conv., Mr. Matthew Walton, Friar Raad Eshoo OFM Conv., Friar Jonathan Garcia Zenteno OFM Conv.