Cardinal Hickey Academy – Owings, MD

Award Year 2015

Exemplary High Performing Schools

Cardinal Hickey Academy

1601 West Mount Harmony Road
Owings, MD, 20736-8934

(410) 286-0404

Mrs. Jennifer Halleck Griffith, Principal at time of Nomination

Archdiocese of Washington

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Founded on Gospel values, Cardinal Hickey Academy seeks to nurture the whole child. Motivated by the teaching mission of the Catholic Church, our community is committed to providing an environment in which each child can achieve academic and personal excellence. In the spirit of truth and respect, our regional school cherishes the gift of faith and the joy of unselfish service in the tradition of James Cardinal Hickey.

Student Demographics

  • Black/African American: 1%
  • White: 91%
  • Hispanic: 2%
  • Asian: 4%
  • Two or more races: 2%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: 3%


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Students working in the school science lab

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Cardinal Hickey Academy (CHA) is a regional Catholic school nestled on the campus of Jesus the Good Shepherd Church, in Owings, MD. In providing a rigorous curriculum, CHA nurtures the whole child in an environment where each child can achieve academic and personal excellence. Pastors, administration, faculty, and parents creates a solid partnership conducive to developing the students as learners, leaders, and people of faith and service. Staff members take advantage of professional development opportunities and 100% of fulltime teachers are Catechists. They strive daily to help students grow spiritually, academically, and emotionally by embracing the Gospel Message of Jesus Christ. CHA’s comprehensive curriculum focuses on the Academic Standards of the Archdiocese of Washington. The faculty works tirelessly to integrate technology into the learning environment. A state-of-the art computer lab is fully accessible to all students and every classroom is equipped with a SMART interactive whiteboard. Our 4th - 8th grade students are instructed using the STEM curriculum in our state-of-the art science lab. Innovative programs include our newly created Montessori Preschool and Catechist of the Good Shepherd Atrium. Spanish classes begin in the Montessori Preschool thru 8th grade. Opportunities for student leadership are provided through the National Junior Honor Society and the school's Student Government and Safety Patrol. Our school celebrates involvement in the arts, handbells, band, choral performances, and spring musical. Graduates are recruited by top Catholic high schools and matriculate to the nation's best colleges. The rich tradition of Community, Faith and Excellence are evidenced in abundance.