No rating

GreatSchools Rating

Cardinal Hickey Academy

Private | PK-8


Be sure to visit

Take along one of
our checklists:


Living in Owings

Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $355,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,415.

Source: Sperling's Best Places
Last modified
Community Rating

4 stars

Community Rating by Year
No new ratings
Based on 2 ratings
No new ratings
Based on 3 ratings

Teacher quality

Principal leadership

Parent involvement

Rate this school

Click on stars to rate
Please select a star rating for this school.
    Helpful reviews answer questions:
  • What do you think others should know?
  • What do you like?
  • How could your school improve?
    Review Guidelines
    GreatSchools won’t post reviews that contain:
  • Inappropriate language
  • Allegations of criminal conduct
  • Names of students, teachers or staff
1200 characters remaining
Please read and accept our Terms of Use to join GreatSchools.
Please indicate your relationship to the school.
Registration is required to post your anonymous review
We will not display your name, photo or email address with your review.
Your email address will never be published or shared.
Indicates a required field

14 reviews of this school

Sort by:
Show reviews by:
Posted May 28, 2013

Cardinal Hickey Academy is one of the best schools in Calvert Co. All of our students leave very well prepared for High School, whether it be public or private. Year after year the students have been accepted to their 1st choice high schools. Many times I have had students return to tell me how well prepared for High School they were. Even those who struggled with our program are surprised at how easy high school suddenly is. This speaks wonders for my fellow teachers and our program.
—Submitted by a teacher

Posted April 4, 2013

What was once a great school has significantly declined. The once challenging curriculmn is now a one size fits all, so if your child is advanced or struggling you will need to supplement on your own time. There are no longer sisters on the staff, with the principal being replaced by a lay person almost three years ago and the teachers being replaced by lay people this year. While the teachers are still outstanding and truly care for the students, the adminstration has been a significant issue. All you need to know to realize how the school has declined is to know that only a few years ago there were not enough available slots for all of the children who applied. Now there are plenty of slots available. With the good public schools in the area you are now better off attending public school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 17, 2011

I can't say enough about the pre-school programs at this school! Very nurturing and I am amazed at how much my boys are learning, both academics and from biblical teachings at ages 3 and 4! It even extends to pretend play at home where my 3yr old had a blanket on his head and said, 'I'm pretending to be Mary, you know, Jesus' Mommy' I will remember that forever! Parental envolvment is a must, the parents leave with life long friends as well as the kids! And I do have to mention that the older kids in the school have such great manners, they are taught to say Good Morning/Afternoon when they pass anyone in the hallways and are setting great examples to the younger classes!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 15, 2011

The curriculum is behind that of other schools and students like me have transitioned to a public school and are behind because of CHA.

Posted June 5, 2011

I cannot imagine a child leaving the eighth grade with more from a school than CHA. The strong religion presence at the school creates a contsant influence in the students thoughts, actions and decisions that will remain with them all of their lives. The strong parent involvement, social functions, rigourous coursework are top notch, but there is a very unique gathering of the most loving, caring, and dedicated teachers at this school. The students have a special fondness for the arts and teachers at the school. The school play and music always draw students and alumni every year and have created lifelone bonds. Their is a great circle of friendship with the studnets, parents and teachers that is special. We could not be happier with the school and feel the price is a bargain for what you and your child receive in return.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 14, 2010

This school is academically amazing, it impresses good morals on us early in life and well there's too many great stuff too list. Cha is my 2nd home and everyone is family, and HS graduates that have come back to visit always say how lucky they were that they went to cha and got such a great start. It's not expensive, it'll make your kids nicer and it gives us a great education. Why wouldn't you go here?
—Submitted by a student

Posted November 6, 2009

I am in 6th grade right now... I love it and think the teachers are strict but I think they need to be for us to learn... Ms. Catterton is one of the best teachers there is, so is Mrs. Bannazak and Mrs. McGenney. always will love it plenty of activites...(going to the dance tonight :) adore basketball love the drama(class) soccer's great too... music teacher Ms. bone's piano lesson's rock! love the sisters all the teacher's are fabulous classes are challenging, and make you work. can't say enough good things!!!!!!!!!!
—Submitted by a student

Posted March 5, 2009

I love the new principal.. The Sisters from Nashville are wonderful... The lay teachers have been great to work with. The communication is always open and they reply to my phone calls immediately.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 17, 2008

Catholic schools are the BEST! Sure, academics are important in Catholic schools, but this school, as so many schools led by the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia, will put your children's souls as priority! The Dominicans will help you, the parent, to strengthen your child's faith so they will get to Heaven. That's the ultimate GOAL!! Isn't it? Let's pray that this school year will bring every child into the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

Posted April 12, 2008

Well, I'm pretty happy that I'm done here, but I will miss all of my friends. Not so for the teachers. There are only two or three teachers that really help and care a bout your child and I have only only one class with any of them every week. The teachers are commonly unfair and love the new detention policy too much. I'm soory to make it sound negative but it's the honest truth. However, because of the small environment, my classmates have become more like brothers and sisters. We are so close now and will be torn in high school. If you are choosing to send your child here, make sure they are involved in either drama or basketball. I've never had as much fun with my classmates. Go Lions!
—Submitted by a student

Posted January 22, 2008

When your child is in school, they spend more waking hours away from you than they do with you. My children love it there. They're souls are nurtured and their minds are challenged.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 25, 2007

cardinal hickey was a great experience. now in high school, i realize i learned so much more at the academy due to such great teachers. the faculty was strict, but i miss the nice teachers and wish i still went there.
—Submitted by a student

Posted November 7, 2007

excellent school if you want your child to go somewhere in life send them there
—Submitted by a student

Posted April 13, 2004

Excellent Catholic education. My children love the school.Great science lab,band,drama,soccer,basketball.Saxon math,phonic based reading.Spanish and Latin.
—Submitted by a parent

Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

We currently do not have any test score information for this school. Unlike public schools, private schools are not always required to report data about their schools or not required to take the same tests as public schools. Many private schools take different standardized tests; however, that information is often made available only to families of enrolled students. We strive to acquire additional private school data whenever available.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 91% 42%
Two or more races 6% 4%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 6%
Black 0% 35%
Hispanic 0% 12%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Oops! We currently do not have any teacher information for this school. We rely on the state Department of Education, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), and in some cases school administrators such as registrars and principals for this data.

What makes a great teacher? Study after study shows the single most important factor determining the quality of the education a child receives is the quality of his teacher. Here are some characteristics to look for »

Let your school shine!

School leaders: Help your school shine on GreatSchools
by verifying community responses, adding program highlights
and more! Get started »

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab
School leaders can update this information here.

Let your school shine!

School leaders: Help your school shine on GreatSchools
by verifying community responses, adding program highlights
and more! Get started »

School basics

  • Coed
  • Roman catholic
  • NCEA


Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Religious


School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Library
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
  • Archdiocese of Washington
School leaders can update this information here.

Upcoming Events

No upcoming events found for this school
Searching for school events...
  • {{date}}
Export calendar
Microsoft Outlook
iCal Format
Google Calendar
Print Calendar
Uploading, please wait...



TIP: Don't forget to ask about documents required for enrollment, such as your child's birth certificate, proof of address, or a record of immunizations.

Apply now
Notice an inaccuracy? Let us know!

1601 West Mount Harmony Road
Owings, MD 20736
Website: Click here
Phone: (410) 286-0404


Compare this school
to nearby schools

Compare schools »


Add this school to compare

Nearby schools