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.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA)
Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools
Religious AffiliationRoman Catholic
Grades OfferedGrades 9-12
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Learning Programs SupportedMild Learning Differences
Year Founded1828
Summer School OfferedYes

Student Body

Total Students226 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 32%
Students by Grade St. Frances Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers15 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio15:1
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size18 students
Classroom Dress CodeFormal
(Blazer, Khaki pants, black/brown shoes)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineDec. 18 / Feb. 18 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$10,800
Tuition Notes* There are no additional student or technology fees.
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant$2,200
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorR. A. Mills


Total Sports Offered6 sports
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Track and Field, VolleyballBaseballBasketball,
Cross CountryFootball,
Track and FieldVolleyball,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.12 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Key Club, National Honor Society Chapter, Peer Ministry, Prom Committee, Student Government, The Crew, 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.

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