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.
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 minister at Curley and the men and women with whom they work all strive to instill the spirit of St. Francis.
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.
Tuition for the 2020-21 school year is $15,800. 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 (https://www.factstuitionaid.com/facts/gaindex). All students who apply to Curley are eligible for all merit based academic scholarships, endowed scholarships, general grants, athletic grants and instrumental music scholarships.
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.
The average class size at Curley is 21 students.
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.
Curley’s philosophy of 21st century active learning recognizes that instruction must be student-centered, for the days of lecturing are past. Education today is collaborative, with students learning to work together on projects, in finding answers, in seeking workable solutions. Active learning is employed by notable universities across the country. Curley continues with the traditional goal of wanting its students to find success and happiness, but also to be prepared to be lifelong learners, true contributors to the common good of society. As a 1-1 iPad school the Curley student has the world’s knowledge in his hands, and with others learns how to effectively access knowledge and use it responsibly.
Moreover, A Curley education is in the Franciscan tradition, a tradition that began in the universities of 13th century Europe. The goals of a Franciscan education are three-fold: to convey information, as a basis of all learning; to offer formation, for the best-lived life of each individual; and to encourage transformation, the spiritual growth of a person in relation to his God.
Curley offers 3 college prep pathways.
The Honors College Prep Pathway are designed to challenge the highly talented and motivated student to pursue the AP and Honors courses, the dual-enrollment courses, and the availability of personalized attention to develop his gifts and know how to use them. For an elite group of students, the St. Bonaventure Scholars are challenged beyond the standard honors criteria to engage in their personal academic group leading to a Capstone Project. Special programs throughout the four years give a breadth, and a challenge, to their learning that goes well beyond the classroom.
Curley’s General College Prep Pathway focuses on the 21st Century skills needed for success in the modern world. A student’s placement is evaluated on a regular basis by the faculty to ensure a challenging and appropriate curriculum. In addition to preparing students for college, the College Counseling Program works with students and parents, beginning in the freshman year, to find the best college for each young man, and for that young man to reach his goals.
The Anthony College Prep Pathway is a multifaceted college preparatory program intentionally designed for young men of diverse backgrounds who are in need of adaptive learning practices due to academic challenges, a diagnosed learning difference, or socio-economic challenges.
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.
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 26 and 27 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 https://www.archbishopcurley.org/admissions/visit/shadow-day 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.
Archbishop Curley accepts transfer students for matriculation in its sophomore and junior classes. 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.
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.
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 2019 received more than $18.4 million in merit scholarships from over 126 colleges and universities! In recent years Curley graduates have been accepted into some of the nation’s finest universities including Brown, West Point, Columbia, Dartmouth, Wake Forest, Virginia Tech, Maryland, Virginia, Johns Hopkins and many others. Curley men have tremendous opportunities upon graduation.
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.
Archbishop Curley offers 17 Advanced Placement (AP) and college level courses. In 2019, Curley students earned a total of 555 college credits through AP and Dual Enrollment offerings.