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Dedicated to Community, Faith, and Excellence

Cardinal Hickey Academy (CHA) is a regional Catholic school nestled on the campus of Jesus the Good Shepherd Church, in northern Calvert County, 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 create a solid partnership conducive to developing the students as learners, leaders, and people of faith and service.

Our certified staff members take advantage of professional development opportunities and 100% of full-time 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.

  • In January 2018, we introduced Chromebooks to our technology library.

  • A state-of-the art computer lab is fully accessible to all students.

  • 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 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.

Mission & Beliefs

 

Mission Statement

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.

Beliefs

At Cardinal Hickey Academy, we believe:

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  • the Catholic faith should be integrated throughout the curriculum so each child may live the fullness of the faith.

  • throughout our school community, excellence is achieved through a partnership with families and setting high expectations in the education process.

  • each student should be prepared to engage the culture in which they live.  Therefore, we develop positive character, good citizenship, and Christian leadership in order to serve the Church, the community and the country.

  • our commitment to visual and performing arts allows students to experience the full range of the arts as joyful and serious academic disciplines.

  • Jesus is the unseen teacher in each classroom and is present in each person inspiring an atmosphere of respect for the dignity of the human person.

 
 
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2015 National Blue Ribbon Honors

Since 1982, the United States Department of Education has been recognizing public and private elementary, middle, and high schools for their overall academic excellence or their progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups. Each year, the U. S. Department of Education seeks out and celebrates great American schools, schools demonstrating that all students can achieve to high levels.

In 2015, Cardinal Hickey Academy was one of two private schools in Maryland to be awarded the The National Blue Ribbon award as an Exemplary High Performing school; only 50 private schools received it nationally. According to the National Blue Ribbon Program website, “this award affirms the hard work of students, educators, families, and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging content.

 

Employment

EMPLOYMENT

For information about Catholic schools please visit Archdiocese Of Washington website

Administration and Staff

Complete details can be found at SchoolSpring under Administration and Support Staff.

Teachers 

View openings at Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Washington at: ADW Employment.   Openings are also posted on SchoolSpring.  If you are qualified and interested in a position, please complete the application steps.

Substitute Teachers:

We maintain a list of substitute teachers for day to day substitutions at all grade levels.  Previous teaching experience is preferred and a minimum educational requirement of a Bachelor’s degree in Education or related field is required.

If you are qualified and interested in being added to our substitute teacher list, please send us your cover letter and resume.

Cardinal Hickey Academy
1601 W. Mt. Harmony Rd.
Owings, MD 20736

or
E-mail: office@cardinalhickeyacademy.org

If you meet the qualifications and expectations of our school, you will be asked to complete an ADW application

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History of the Academy

Cardinal James Hickey dedicates the school in 1997.

Cardinal James Hickey dedicates the school in 1997.

  • For twenty years the Church of the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C. benefited from the spiritual leadership and pastoral care of its fourth Archbishop, His Eminence James Cardinal Hickey. When Monsignor Paul Dudziak, the founding pastor of the Covenant Community of Jesus the Good Shepherd, and his parishioners opened the school they decided to name it for the Cardinal with the intention of honoring him in his lifetime with a living legacy, a tribute to his years of dedicated service and commitment to Catholic education.

  • In the fall of 1997 the new school, Cardinal Hickey Academy, was opened in Owings, Maryland. Cardinal James Hickey was present for the dedication of the Academy on September 4. The school opened for kindergarten through fourth grade. A new addition, consisting of a family center and additional classroom space, was completed in the fall of 2000. A third addition to include the Media Center, Technology Lab and a Lecture room was completed in 2007.

  • When asked by a Washington Post reporter how he would like to be remembered, Cardinal Hickey told her, “First, I’d like them to say he was always loyal to his church. Second, that he was a friend to Catholic education. And third, if they don’t want to say the first two, at least I would hope they would chisel on the stone, ‘He served the poor.'”

Landmark Dates

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  •  1997 Opening of the Academy & Dedication of school by Cardinal James Hickey

  •  2000 Second phase of building completed

  •  2001 First 8th grade graduating class

  •  2003 Accreditation granted by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools

  •  2006 Shepherd’s Flock Preschool became part of Cardinal Hickey Academy

  •  2007 Third phase of building completed

  •  2010 became a Regional school

  •  2013 Accredited by Southern Association of Colleges and School Councils

  •  2014 Catholic Montessori Preschool opened

  •  2015 National Blue Ribbon Awarded

Covenant Community Of Jesus the Good Shepherd

We, the Roman Catholic Parish of the Covenant Community of Jesus the Good Shepherd, have chosen to serve the Lord by evangelizing through the virtues of Hospitality, Spirituality and Stewardship ,

www.ccjgs.org


Jesus the Divine Word

Jesus the Divine Word Church is a Catholic community of faith
centered on the Eucharist and committed to bringing Jesus to others.

www.jesusdivineword.com


St. Anthony’s of Padua

We, the people of Saint Anthony's of Padua, a Roman Catholic parish in the Archdiocese of Washington, are called to provide the sacramental, educational and liturgical environment, which invites people to holiness and assists them in their commitment to Jesus Christ.

www.stanthonycal.com


Faculty & Staff

Father Michael King - Canonical Administrator  Jesus the Good Shepherd

Father Michael King - Canonical Administrator

Jesus the Good Shepherd

Father John Dakes -   Jesus the Divine Word

Father John Dakes -

Jesus the Divine Word

Father James Stack  St Anthony’s of Padua

Father James Stack

St Anthony’s of Padua

Mrs. Darlene Kostelnik - Administration

Mrs. Darlene Kostelnik - Administration

Mrs. Denise Motz - Admin Assistant

Mrs. Denise Motz - Admin Assistant

Mrs. Dawn Nazzaro - Resource

Mrs. Dawn Nazzaro - Resource

Mrs. Laura Herrle - Montessori Pre-school

Mrs. Laura Herrle - Montessori Pre-school

Mrs. Nicole Julian - Kindergarten

Mrs. Nicole Julian - Kindergarten

Mrs. Jane Perham - 1st-Grade

Mrs. Jane Perham - 1st-Grade

Mrs. Jacqueline Cowger - 2nd -Grade

Mrs. Jacqueline Cowger - 2nd -Grade

Mrs. Kathryn Fensterer - 3rd-Grade

Mrs. Kathryn Fensterer - 3rd-Grade

Mrs. Anne Thompson - 4th-Grade

Mrs. Anne Thompson - 4th-Grade

Mrs. Molly Boone - 5th-Grade

Mrs. Molly Boone - 5th-Grade

Mrs. Lindsey Thompson - Language Arts - Middle School

Mrs. Lindsey Thompson - Language Arts - Middle School

Mrs. Susan Scott - Math Middle School

Mrs. Susan Scott - Math Middle School

Mrs. Dana Catterton - Science - Middle School

Mrs. Dana Catterton - Science - Middle School

Mrs. Beth Conte - Spanish

Mrs. Beth Conte - Spanish

Mrs. Theresa Mills - Physical Education

Mrs. Theresa Mills - Physical Education

Mrs. Lisa Dorn - Librarian

Mrs. Lisa Dorn - Librarian

Mrs. S. Macyko - Nurse

Mrs. S. Macyko - Nurse

Mrs. Jennifer Dowell - Primary Music

Mrs. Jennifer Dowell - Primary Music

Mrs. Teresa Crofoot - Montessori Preschool

Mrs. Teresa Crofoot - Montessori Preschool

Mrs. Cynthia Staver - Montessori Preschool

Mrs. Cynthia Staver - Montessori Preschool