St. Frances Academy (Baltimore, Maryland)

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St. Frances Academy
Address
501 East Chase Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21202
United States
Coordinates39°18′8″N 76°36′30″W / 39.30222°N 76.60833°W / 39.30222; -76.60833Coordinates: 39°18′8″N 76°36′30″W / 39.30222°N 76.60833°W / 39.30222; -76.60833
Information
TypePrivate
MottoFaith, Scholarship, Opportunity and Character
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic
(Oblate Sisters of Providence)
Established1828
FounderMother Mary Lange, OSP
PrincipalDeacon Curtis Turner, Ph.D.
Grades912
GenderCoeducational
Enrollment180
Student to teacher ratio11:1
Color(s)Black and Gold         
AthleticsMIAA, IAAM
MascotPanthers
Team namePanthers
AccreditationMiddle States Association of Colleges and Schools[1]
Website

St. Frances Academy is a private, Roman Catholic high school in Baltimore, Maryland, United States. It is located in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Baltimore.

Since 1828 the first school operated by the Oblate Sisters of Providence has maintained a strong and consistent tradition of serving disenfranchised young people - the enslaved, the orphaned, the segregated, the immigrant, the poor.

Saint Frances Academy's founding mission was to teach students of color. Established by a Sulpician priest and four founding members of the Oblate Sisters of Providence, the school opened its doors on June 13, 1828 under the name Saint Frances School for Colored Girls. Starting in the 1850s they began using name Saint Frances Academy and the original name. By the late 1800s Saint Frances Academy (SFA) was used exclusively and continues today.

The school was in three previous locations prior to moving to its present location in 1871 on East Chase Street. The main building also served as a convent, an orphanage, a dormitory, and a school for young women. In the mid-1970's the school's living space was converted into classrooms, the convent was moved to nearby Brentwood Avenue, and Saint Frances Academy redefined itself as a co-educational high school and as an informal center of community activities. In 2002, the Saint Frances Academy campus expanded with a new 33,000 square foot facility housing additional classrooms, new computer labs, a health suite, meeting rooms, and gymnasium.

Mother Mary Lange, OSP is the primary foundress of the Oblate Sisters of Providence and Saint Frances Academy. She is currently a candidate for sainthood by the Catholic Church and is considered a Servant of God. She, and the sisters who followed her, trusted in God's Providence to guide and sustain them through difficult times. With God's blessings, and the support of thousands who also believed in their vision, the Oblate Sisters of Providence overcame enormous economic challenges, and racial intolerance to continue the work they so strongly believed in through the years.

Since 1828 years the first school operated by the Oblate Sisters of Providence has maintained a strong and consistent tradition of serving disenfranchised young people - the enslaved, the orphaned, the segregated, the immigrant, the poor.

Saint Frances Academy's founding mission was to teach students of color. Established by a Sulpician priest and four founding members of the Oblate Sisters of Providence, the school opened its doors on June 13, 1828 under the name Saint Frances School for Colored Girls. Starting in the 1850s they began using name Saint Frances Academy and the original name. By the late 1800s Saint Frances Academy (SFA) was used exclusively and continues today.

The school was in three previous locations prior to moving to its present location in 1871 on East Chase Street. The main building also served as a convent, an orphanage, a dormitory, and a school for young women. In the mid-1970's the school's living space was converted into classrooms, the convent was moved to nearby Brentwood Avenue, and Saint Frances Academy redefined itself as a co-educational high school and as an informal center of community activities. In 2002, the Saint Frances Academy campus expanded with a new 33,000 square foot facility housing additional classrooms, new computer labs, a health suite, meeting rooms, and gymnasium. Enrollment has more than doubled in the last fifteen years, to 325 from 140.

Mother Mary Lange, OSP is the primary foundress of the Oblate Sisters of Providence and Saint Frances Academy. She is currently a candidate for sainthood by the Catholic Church and is considered a Servant of God. She, and the sisters who followed her, trusted in God's Providence to guide and sustain them through difficult times. With God's blessings, and the support of thousands who also believed in their vision, the Oblate Sisters of Providence overcame enormous economic challenges, and racial intolerance to continue the work they so strongly believed in through the years.

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  1. ^ MSA-CSS. "MSA-Commission on Secondary Schools". Archived from the original on 2009-07-12. Retrieved 2009-07-31.

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