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Dr. EdmondsonDr. Barbara McGraw Edmondson, Superintendent of Catholic Schools


Welcome to the Archdiocese of Baltimore Catholic Schools.

I am honored to serve the many families who entrust their children’s education to a Catholic school. It is truly a gift to lead a school community rooted in the tenets of our faith and the pursuit of knowledge and academic excellence.

With guidance and oversight from the Archdiocesan School Board, the Department of Catholic Schools will strive to strengthen our schools, combining the best of tradition with the innovations and demands of the 21st Century. The Blue Ribbon Report >provides a road map for our entire school system to remain competitive in the changing educational landscape and remain accessible to the many families we serve. The work is challenging, but ever so rewarding.

It is an exciting time for our schools with new programs such as dual-language, the New American Academy developed by a Harvard researcher to address the growing demands of effective urban education, a Montessori program for 3-6 year olds, and the designation of seven STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) schools. Recognizing that effective school leadership is a requisite to the success of all schools, we have inaugurated the Archdiocesan Leadership Institute, a collaborative venture with College of Notre Dame, Loyola University, and Mount Saint Mary’s University to provide our principals and assistant principals with the best in professional development as well as post graduate studies.

Accessibility and affordability of Catholic education to all families is a hallmark of the strategic plan. Recognizing the continued financial sacrifices parents make to send their children to our schools, Archbishop O’Brien has designated an Archdiocesan-wide endowment to provide more tuition assistance to our families as part of the Archbishop’s Annual Appeal.

The importance of our mission and the work of our schools in building a better tomorrow is underscored in a recent independent study by the Sage Policy Group. The research purports that Catholic school graduates are well poised to become socially-responsible leaders. Our graduates embrace higher education and as a result make significant contributions in the fields of law, medicine, government, non-profit, and business. And they do so with the understanding that each of us has a God-given responsibility to care for the world and each other.

Whether you have experience with Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Baltimore or are new to our schools, I invite you to witness this difference and to realize why Catholic schools are “A Place to Grow!”

Blessings in Christ,

Dr. Barbara McGraw Edmondson
Superintendent of Catholic Schools
Archdiocese of Baltimore
410-547-5515 - Schools@archbalt.org