Baltimore City’s first new Catholic school in 60 years
Announces $ 39.2 million in additional aid for Maryland non-public schools
ANNAPOLIS, MD–Governor Larry Hogan today attended the dedication ceremony for Mother Mary Lange Catholic School, the first new Catholic school to open in Baltimore City in nearly 60 years.
“Providing equitable access to education depends on the vision and leadership of our community partners, and there is no better example than this magnificent new school named in honor of Mother Mary Lange, a visionary who understood the life changing power of a good education, ”Governor Hogan said. “It is in these classrooms that deserving students will receive the skills and opportunities they need to reach their full potential. “
During the ceremony, Governor Hogan announced that the State of Maryland is allocating $ 39.2 million in federal funding to provide additional relief to non-public schools to deal with the negative impacts of COVID-19.
The state-of-the-art, $ 24 million facility includes a STEM suite and digital media center, art and music rooms, health room, athletic fields and a gymnasium, and a regulation-sized performance stage. Enrollment is expected to reach over 500 students in the first five years of operation.
The Archdiocese of Baltimore is expected to offer tuition assistance to 80-90% of the student body. This assistance will be complemented by additional funding from the state’s BOOST scholarship program, which has provided scholarships for thousands of students to attend non-public schools.
The new school is named in honor of Mother Mary Lange, founder of the Oblate Sisters of Providence — the first religious community of women of African descent — and of St. Frances Academy in East Baltimore.