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Vision for 2020

“As for the future—your task is not to foresee it, but to enable it.”

                -Antoine de Saint-Exupéry 

In collaboration with the Board of Directors in 2014, Archbishop Carroll High School’s administration developed Vision for 2020, action steps that will expand the school’s pursuit of excellence. 

By the 2019-2020 school year, Archbishop Carroll will diversify its student body and accomplish more robustly its mission of welcoming and empowering young people by becoming:

* An all-International Baccalaureate high school

* With a pre-engineering pathway

* That manifests the power of the Catholic faith in the lives of teens

* And integrates activities and sports that provide opportunities for excellence and exploration

* In a facility that honors students and accommodates learning, co-curricular activities and positive relationship-building in up-to-date spaces.

The Vision builds on the five areas of the Board’s strategic planning process.

2014 - 2015 Progress Report

All-International Baccalaureate High School

  • 55% of all Carroll 11th and 12th graders voluntarily chose to participate in at least one I.B. course, a 35% increase in the first five years of I.B. at Carroll.
  • The faculty initiated a complete realignment of the curriculum, so that all 9th and 10th grade courses beginning in 2015-16 will prepare all students for I.B. work.
  • The school opened its doors systematically to international students, enrolling students from France, Korea and China.

Pre-Engineering Pathway

  • Project Lead the Way becomes the school’s chosen pre-engineering pathway.
  • Fundraising and professional development begin March 2015.

Manifesting the Power of the Catholic Faith in the Lives of Teens

  • In the second year of the Virtues Project, which combines Developmental Designs strategies and Catholic beliefs to increase students’ temperance, charity and faith, the students identified Faith as the core virtue of the year.
  • The retreat program for 9th and 10th graders is expanding in the wake of rising popularity for the 11th and 12th grade Kairos retreat.
  • The school expanded to eight the number of seminarians and campus ministry students who assist with faith formation.

With Activities that Provide Opportunities for Excellence and Exploration

  • Five of the seven graduating football players have received college scholarship and playing opportunities.
  • Students have received college athletic scholarship opportunities from over 70 universities, including Alabama, Arizona, Auburn, Clemson, Dartmouth, Florida State, Georgetown, Maryland, Michigan State, Nebraska, NC State, Ohio State, Penn State, Temple, Tennessee, and Virginia Tech.
  • Volleyball participation doubled with the addition of a WCAC varsity volleyball team.
  • All students are now required to explore an after-school sport or athletic activity, and options such as Latin dance, Zumba, and boys volleyball are being added to provide exploratory opportunities.
  • The National Symphony Orchestra provided guest performers and master classes specifically for Carroll students.
  • The theater program is launching two Broadway musical productions for the first time in over a decade.

In a Facility that Honors Students

  • Renovations to the gym, theater and Augustinian chapel are underway.
  • Plans for renovations to the entrance, student lobby and locker room, hallways and athletic areas are drafted.
  • Major fundraising efforts in collaboration with the Archdiocese of Washington have begun to fund the transformation of the building.