St. Frances Academy

Saint Frances Academy has the distinction of being the oldest continually operating African American Catholic educational facility in the United States.
It was established with the mission to teach "children of color to read the Bible" an illegal act during the era of American slavery.
192 years later, Saint Frances Academy offers a traditional, co-educational, college-preparatory curriculum for students in grades nine through twelve.
An honors program is available to select students and all students complete a community service component.
Independently owned and operated by the Oblate Sisters of Providence, Saint Frances Academy is approved by the Maryland State Department of Education and is accredited by the Commission on Secondary Schools of the Middle States Association.

Quick Stats (2021-22)

  • Top Ranked MD School
  • Grades: 9-12
  • Students: 208 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $11,300
  • Acceptance rate: 61%
  • Average class size: 18 students
  • Application Deadline: Dec. 17 / Feb. 24 / rolling

Top Rankings

St. Frances Academy ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Maryland for:

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades 9-12
Learning Difference Programs
Learning Programs Supported
Mild Learning Differences
Year Founded
Summer School Offered
Summer Program Cost
Summer Program Cost Notes
Cost Per Class

Student Body

Total Students
208 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 37%
Students by Grade
St. Frances Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
15 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size
18 students
Classroom Dress Code
(Blazer, Khaki pants, black/brown shoes)

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
Dec. 17 / Feb. 24 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
* There are no additional student or technology fees.
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
R. A. Mills
Admissions Associate
LeLoni Cheeks



Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
11 extracurriculars
Club or Organization:
Key Club, National Honor Society Chapter, Peer Ministry, Prom Committee, Student Government, Yearbook Club

Arts and Music Programs:
Art Classes, Gospel Choir, Liturgical Dance, Poetry

Recreational Athletic Programs:

School Notes

  • Through its dignity and uniqueness, St. Frances Academy continues the legacy of Mother Mary Lange, its foundress. St. Frances Academy, with faith in God's Providence, provides the immediate neighborhood and the Baltimore area relevant educational programs which gives all members a sense of their cultural heritage and giftedness by helping students and members of the community, particularly the poor and the neglected, to recognize, develop and live as respectful, responsible, and just members of God's human family.
Profile last updated: 06/10/2021

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Quick Stats (2021-22)

  • Top Ranked MD School
  • Grades: 9-12
  • Students: 208 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $11,300
  • Acceptance rate: 61%
  • Average class size: 18 students
  • Application Deadline: Dec. 17 / Feb. 24 / rolling

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