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About This School

Cardinal Shehan School is a private middle school in Baltimore. 317 children attend Cardinal Shehan School and identify primarily as Black, non-Hispanic; Native American or Native Alaskan; and Multiracial. The ratio of students to teachers at Cardinal Shehan School is 22:1. Lois T. Murray Elementary School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Chorus
    • Dance
    • Drawing painting
    • Theater drama

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School
Black, non-Hispanic 100%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0%
Multiracial 0%
Hispanic 0%
Asian 0%
White, non-Hispanic 0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (6 years ago)

    The extracurruclar activities are great. The school on the other hand is a waste of money. I would not recommend sending your child to this school save your money and your childs education!

  • (7 years ago)

    If you are looking for a decent elementary school (Pre-K -3 only)you have a good chance at CSS. If your looking above 3rd grade search elsewhere if you love your child. The teacher retention is horrible. This school is getting worse every year. You can't find any good private schools in the area anymore. Contact the archdiocese with your concerns if everybody complains about CSS collectively they will be held accountable.

  • (7 years ago)

    Cardinal Shehan is not a school which embraces individuality in young minds. I would not recommend this school for parents of children who are overly inquisitive about learning and therefore questions and/or challenges concepts or ideas taught. The present leadership (i.e. the principal) is the poorest I ve ever encountered in my children s years of schooling. My children are precious gifts to my family; their well-being growth and spirits must be protected for this they will not return to Cardinal Shehan and I would not recommend this school to any parent; at this time. However the extracurricular activities are excellent (i.e. Drama Choir and Dance).

  • (7 years ago)

    I am an current student at CSS and I have been their since I was in the 3rd grade. Right now I am in the 8th grade. It is a shame that as a student I can see the problems in CSS are getting worst. In Spanish I have been learning the same thing ever since the 4th grade. Last year we went through two math teachers. Our school really does not support us.

  • (7 years ago)

    I am very disappointed with Cardinal Shehan. It is a shame that parents work so hard to send their children to school to get a good education and Cardinal Shehan is not producing. The turn around of teachers is ridiculous it says alot about the quality of the school. When you have a school that reflects unity hardwork and dedication good teachers will want to stay. I will never recommend Cardinal Shehan. I can send my childen to a public school for free and get the same thing that I am paying for at Cardinal Shehan.

  • (7 years ago)

    I am a former student of St Matthews which is now CSS. This school has changed drastically. My child has been blessed so far with good teachers who seem to genuinely care about the well being of our kids. But the class sizes are beginning to become to large. I am starting to believe the primary concern is the how much money they can bring in verses assuring quality education for our children. I am not pleased with this school and am currently seeking a new school.

  • (7 years ago)

    As a current parent I have been impressed with the school during my years of association. I believe that the teachers are dedicated to the students and will do anything they can to see their students succeed even the tough decisions for the students. I also appreciate the willingness of the administration to hear concerns from parents but to be steadfast in their commitment to Cardinal Shehan. When a family makes a choice regarding a school they have to support the school. The administration makes decisions with the interest of the students at the core of each decision. Sometimes parents do not see that because it is not the decision they would make or one they agree with but it is imperative that parents support the school and the administration! I think CSS is a wonderful place for my children!

  • (7 years ago)

    My children have been at Cardinal Shehan School since Pre K. They are now in 4th and 7th grade. The school has truly changed over the last three years. The education has gone down and the price has gone up. Students complain about the lunches My kids take there lunch most of the time and on the the rare occasions when they do buy lunch its cold or burnt.They need to be improved expecially after raising the price of them. Also the students are taking over the school and the teachers can't control them because the classrooms are to large. CSS administration needs to step up to the plate and get this school back under control before its too late. I have been very disappointed this past year. The standards have really dropped since this administration has come to CSS.

  • (7 years ago)

    Cardinal Shehan is one of the worst private schools in baltimore maryland. The class are to large.

  • (7 years ago)

    Cardinal Shehan School has changed over the last three years. The education has gone down and the price has gone up. CSS has a lot of great after school activities. Students do not like the lunches and it could be improved with all the money we pay. Also the students are taking over the school and the teachers can't controll them. CSS has its ups and downs but it can be improved.

  • (8 years ago)

    Cardinal Shehan is a good school. The teachers are dedicated teachers and do put their all into teaching. The problem does not stem from the leadership of the school only. It is a joint effort. The problem I find is that parents are in denial about their childs behavior as well as the fact that sometimes a problem does exist with their child. The amount of money we pay in tuition does not cover even half of the cost it takes to educate a child at CSS. The public schools have much more additonal money from the government.

  • (8 years ago)

    Two of my children attend Cardinal Shehan School and they love it. They enjoy the extracurricular activities such as drama and karate and they like there fellow classmates. But my concern is the lack of resources available for students that may need additional help. Now last year my child was having a problem with reading but the only thing the teacher could do was tell me that there was a problem. She nor the school offered any additional help. There should be some type of resources available to the students that need help. I read a review from July 2004 and it was a problem then and it is a problem 2 years later in 2006. The one saving grace for my child this year was that not only did his teacher tell me that there was a problem but SHE offered to give him additional help.

  • (8 years ago)

    This school has changed ever since the previous principal left.The school is not exciting and students are having trouble.

  • (8 years ago)

    My child started Cardinal Shehan School in Grade K and is now in the 6th grade and what a drastic horrible change. The leadership through the current principal and vice-principal are the worst. The teaching staff is mostly new and not poised nor sophisticated enough to grasp teaching in a minority populated school. The only saving grace is the fact that my child has 2 yrs. left. I am hopeful that through parent-involvement that we can get a new administration and restore what the students have lost. Signed An Honest Review

  • (9 years ago)

    The administration for the last two years have very poor leadership skills. The principal s attitude is OUT WITH THE OLD IN WITH THE NEW . As an OLD parent that has had a child enrolled at CSS for 7 years I can say this school is going down hill fast. The NEW administration needs to go! They need to read and study the mission statement daily. From a disappointed parent

  • (9 years ago)

    My son has been going to CSS for 6 years. From 2000 to 2004 the spirit of the school was just up lifting. The administration teachers & staff truly believed in creating a peaceful world one student at a time. The past 3 principals and the past vice principal had a true appreciation and awareness for the culture in the school community. I can say honestly the past year under the current principal and vice principal has not been very assuring for the schools future. They don t seem to be culturally aware of the needs for the school community and have started to change the mission for which the school stands. You can see they don t only need to improve in communication with the parents but also need to sit in on a few workshops to get up to speed with the culture of the community they serve.

  • (9 years ago)

    I am a graduate of Cardinal Shehan. I attended this school when it was called St.Matthews from grades 1 to 8. They have an excellent cirriculum and set a high standard for discipline. I recommend this school to any parent who is seeking to set the bar high for their child's education. Jarri Smith-Brown

  • (9 years ago)

    My son was a student there for PK and I hated. The teachers were not professional nor supportive. There was no assistance for education just collecting the money was important. I disliked the school so much I paid for 10 months of tuition and my son was only there for 8 months.

  • (10 years ago)

    My basic problem is that there is no tutoring or added assistance for kids who need it. If your child has difficulty reading for example there is nothing in place to assist them in bringing up their skill. I wish they had more than 2 1st grade classes so that the kids could be divided by their skill level so that everyone is progressing at his own pace. For a school where you have to pay tuition it would seem you would get more help than public school not less.

  • (10 years ago)

    This school has a very good religion background and math but when it comes to the teachers just say no. I had a child to go their and teachers teased him behind his back and teacher that harasses him everyday the only good thing about it is 8th grade year but they still try to make that horrible.The teachers pick favorites and they never get in trouble.This is my opion and I have that freedom.

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