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Archbishop Carroll High School is owned and operated by the Catholic Archdiocese of Washington. As the only archdiocesan high school in the District of Columbia, Carroll is an important education ministry of the local Catholic Church.

The school is a separately incorporated entity of the Archdiocese of Washington. Oversight of the school is provided by a Board of Directors, which has limited powers of jurisdiction. Board members are appointed by the Archbishop of Washington, Cardinal Donald Wuerl. 

The Board of Directors provides oversight for the school’s operations, including its budget and strategic planning. 

The Cardinal appoints the president of Archbishop Carroll upon the recommendation of the school’s board. All other administrators, teachers and staff of the school are appointed by the school’s resident.

 
The Archdiocese of Washington…


* owns Archbishop Carroll’s land and building;

* directly oversees its Catholic identity;

* directly governs any borrowing of money or substantial changes to the school’s physical plant;

* and reserves a few other powers. 

 

In addition, the Archdiocese provides the following to Archbishop Carroll on a regular basis:


* $600,000, approximately 10% of the school’s operating budget each year;

* Fundraising support;

* Access to legal, human resources and communications expertise;

* Professional development resources for teachers and administrators;

* Collaborative action on government relations, such as advocacy for the Opportunity Scholarship Program and improving access to federal Title funding. 

 

Two Archdiocesan officials are ex-officio members of Archbishop Carroll’s Board of Directors:


* The Secretary for Education, Dr. Thomas Burnford, who is the Cardinal’s advisor on all educational issues;

* The Superintendent, Kelly Branaman. 


One indication of the special relationship between the Archdiocese and Carroll is the tuition benefit: All employees of the Archdiocese of Washington, its affiliated corporations, parishes and schools qualify for a 50% tuition rate at Archbishop Carroll.

The Archdiocese of Washington recently celebrated its 75th anniversary. Representing over 600,000 Catholics in D.C. and six counties in Maryland— Montgomery, Prince George’s, Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s—the Archdiocese operates 64 parish or consortium schools and two high schools—Archbishop Carroll and Don Bosco Christo Rey. An additional twelve elementary schools and eighteen high schools are independently run; the Archdiocese oversees the Catholic identity of those institutions. 

The Washington Catholic Athletic Conference (WCAC) is a league that includes twelve schools from two different dioceses—Washington and Arlington, VA. It is not organizationally affiliated with either diocese. 

For more information on the Archdiocese of Washington, visit: www.adw.org.