Enrollment for the 2019-2020 school year is ongoing! Contact us for a tour or more information.


It is the policy of Cardinal Hickey Academy (CHA) that we do not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, disability, and/or national ethnic origin in the administration of our educational policies, admissions policies, tuition assistance, and any other school administration programs.

All new students are accepted on a probationary basis for one year. The purpose of this policy is to determine whether CHA can meet the student’s needs and if the student is able to adjust to the unique and challenging environment of our Catholic school.



We are excited that you are inquiring about having your child attend CHA. If you would like to speak to someone about the admission process please call the front office at 410-286-0404.


To experience CHA on a first-hand basis, prospective students can spend the day visiting academic classes and eating lunch with their peer groups. All students are placed in their current grade.

Student begin at 8:00 in the Office and typically end by 2:30 p.m. Visits are non-evaluative and are an optional piece of the application process. We offer Shadow Days Monday through Thursday throughout the school year.

It is important that we get to know your child and give him or her the opportunity to ask questions regarding our school.

If you are interested in having your child come for a Shadow Day, please contact Denise Motz at 410-286-0404.


Once your child has spent the day with us, we will arrange an assessment for your child if they are not coming from another Archdiocesan School.


The application window for the 2019-2020 year is now open. Click hereto apply. .

A good school provides a rounded education for the whole person. And a good Catholic school, over and above this, should help all of its students to become saints.
— - Pope Benedict XVI
Twelve reasons you should choose to send your child(ren) to Cardinal Hickey Academy

Come visit us at Cardinal Hickey Academy

We warmly welcome visitors to our campus every day; whether you’re a prospective family, a returning alumnus or alumna, or a parent, you’re welcome at Cardinal Hickey Academy.

Book a Shadow Day!

Enter Name *
Enter Name

Shadow Days are opportunities for prospective students to visit the school for a day and follow the class they will attend, promoting the community with which they will graduate!

Visitor Policy

All visitors must register in the front office. Parents and visitors may not go into the classrooms while school is in session. Everyone must receive permission to enter areas beyond the front lobby. Badges must be worn at all times to identify you and that you have registered in the office.



Registration for new families, relocating into the area, is accepted throughout the school year.

Registration, Tuition, and Fees – It is the expectation of Cardinal Hickey Academy that all families will honor their financial obligation to the school in a timely fashion.

Tuition may be paid in full by August 1 or through installment payments via Tuition Management Systems.

Any tuition payment delinquent 30 or more days will be subject to a $35 per month, late fee. Re-registration for the following year WILL NOT be accepted for families whose tuition and/or fees are not current during the re-registration period. Any family with an eighth grade student must have that student’s tuition and all family fees paid in full by May 15 or that student will not be eligible for graduation and final grades and transcripts will not be advanced to the student’s high school. In an effort to keep tuition and fees at an affordable rate, each family is required to participate in our Volunteer Service Hours Program.

Families are encouraged to seek financial assistance through the Archdiocese of Washington and our Regional Tuition Assistance Program. Your parish pastor should be consulted regarding any financial arrangements or in cases of hardship.

Tuition , Fees & Financial Aid

Thank you for reviewing our program options. We are confident that as you compare our offerings you will see the value of placing your child in an environment designed and tailored to his / her needs, providing opportunities for development and academic preparation. If you have any questions please feel free to contact us at any time.

 Cardinal Hickey Academy and the Archdiocese of Washington strive to ensure all parents are able to give their children the gift and enduring benefits of Catholic education such as:

  • Academic Success – 99% of Catholic School graduates are accepted to colleges and universities

  • Religious Formation -students who attend Catholic school are more likely to retain their faith in adulthood

  • Community and Service– The CHA Family is a cohesive group that works together, striving for the educational and moral development of our children and to serve our parish and neighboring communities

Tuition Grants

Many families are recipients of tuition grants.  We are proud to announce that Cardinal Hickey Academy (CHA) offers tuition grants available in several ways:

  • Multi-Student Grants are automatically given to families with more than one student enrolled at CHA.

  • Catholic Grants are given to those families that are actively participating in their Catholic parish.

  • The Archdiocesan Tuition Assistance program and the Regional Parish Tuition Grants are available for families who have a demonstrated need.

  • The State of Maryland BOOST Program is available for families entering Catholic Education with financial need. Find out if you qualify by visiting http://www.marylandpublicschools.org/Pages/boost/application.aspx

As there is not a set amount routinely available in these programs, please feel free to inquire about your options as soon as possible. Remember to click on the ‘Apply for Financial Aid’ tab when applying online at TADS.

Tuition Grants Checklist

  • Most recent tax return; if current year tax returns are not filed, send the prior year with all the supporting documentation

  • Copies of all w-2 Wage and Tax Statement Forms, all 1099 Interest/Dividends, Pensions/ Annuities and or Miscellaneous Income Forms associated with return

  • Documentation of total amounts received for all NON-taxable Income (welfare, food stamps, Social Security, Housing assistance, unemployment, Workers’ Compensation etc.)

  • The value and amount still owed on your home

  • The value and amount still owed on any investments, including real estate


Still have questions? Click here to inquire about our school.

Ready To Apply?

We Accept Applications Through TADS – Please Follow The TADS Link Below To Our Online Application.

Please have your current immunization record, a copy of baptismal certificate (Catholics only), an original birth certificate (presented for verification only), and proof of custody (where applicable).


  • Cardinal Hickey Academy does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, or ethnicity.

  • Notification will be made shortly after acceptance via e-mail.

  • Non-Catholic students whose parents accept the philosophy of CHA are welcome to apply and will be accepted on a space available basis.

  • New Student Orientation is scheduled in August before the start of the school year.

Applying to CHA

Montessori Preschool and Kindergarten

  •  To enter Montessori Preschool, a child must be three years old by September 1st and potty trained.

  • To enter Kindergarten, a child must be five years old by September 1st.

Grades 1st – 8th

  •  An applicant to grade one or above must provide a copy of his/her most recent report card and a copy of the results of their most recent standardized tests scores.

  •  Assessment in reading, math, and writing will be given to all new students in grade one and above.

  •  The Academy will exercise discretion in accepting students entering Grade 6 and above to assure that the Academy will effectively meet their needs.

  •  The recommendation of the child’s pastor and principal of his or her current school will be part of the process.

PREK Faith.jpg
Sometimes very small children in a proper environment develop a skill and exactness in their work that may surprise us.

Pre-K Catholic Montessori Ages 3 and 4

Students experience the Catholic faith on a daily basis and participate in The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, a unique religious formation program based upon Maria Montessori’s spiritual teachings and the traditions of the Roman Catholic Church using Sacred Scripture and Liturgy .

The ultimate goal of a Montessori school is to foster a child’s natural inclination to learn. Montessori teachers “guide” rather than “instruct” by linking a child’s interests, needs, and developmental level. At Cardinal Hickey Academy, we will offer children opportunities to develop their potential as they step out into the world as engaged, competent, responsible, and respectful citizens with an understanding and appreciation that learning is for life. Foreign language is also introduced in the Montessori setting.

Characteristics of Montessori Education

Each child is valued as a unique individual.

  •  Montessori education recognizes that children learn in different ways, and accommodates all learning styles.

Beginning at an early age, Montessori students develop order, coordination, concentration, and independence.

  •  Classroom design, materials, and daily routines support the individual’s emerging “self-regulation” (ability to educate one’s self, and to think about what one is learning), Teachers model respect, loving kindness, and a belief in peaceful conflict resolution. Students show grace and courtesy, and an interest in the welfare of others. “Let me help!” is a common classroom refrain.

Montessori students enjoy freedom within limits.

  •  Working within parameters set by their teachers, students are active participants in deciding what their focus of learning will be. Montessorians understand that internal satisfaction drives the child’s curiosity and interest and results in joyous learning that is sustainable over a lifetime.


Educare (Before and After School Care)

Educare Philosophy

As an extension of Cardinal Hickey Academy, the Educare Program maintains the same high standards for our children. It is our intention to reinforce the values and priorities taught in the school and by Catholic Church traditions while building self-esteem and increasing students' awareness of the dignity inherent to us all. Structured and safely supervised, we provide daily: food, activities, play and homework time. We offer a warm and loving environment where students may grow, have fun, and continue to learn with Christ as the foundation.

Program Description

Morning Educare is offered from 7 a.m. to 7:45 a.m. Registrants must arrive groomed and in proper school uniform. Breakfast is provided before 7:30 am. Mornings are a time for mental preparation, homework review, quiet play and reading.

Afternoon educare is from 3:15 p.m. to 6 p.m. Registrants will assemble in a designated area of the gymnasium at dismissal. Students are signed in. Students will be provided a snack, have recess time, time for homework, and if time allows, other activities. Preschoolers have their own area during our After-school Program where they enjoy a snack and playtime in a nurturing and safe environment all their own.

Register here through Rediker/Parent Portal

Parents can access the Educare Handbook/Registration Forms available on Parent Portal (Rediker). New CHA families can email the Educare Director, Erin Potter, (pottere@cardinalhickeyacademy.org) for more information and necessary forms or call the office.

2018-2019 Before and After Care Program

Morning Rates Afternoon Rates

(7:00am- 7:45am) (3:00pm – 6:00pm)

Per Month Per Month

5 days / week $207 $256

4 days / week $164 $203

3 days / week $131 $154

2 days / week $99 $104

1 days / week $51 $58

There is a one-time $25 Registration Fee

Educare application forms are available in the office