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.