Monsignor Slade Catholic School is celebrating 65 years of fostering academic excellence and spiritual growth for its students. Generations of families have benefitted from numerous leaders, faculty and staff members, and volunteers who dedicated themselves to the education of enrolled children.
Originally named Holy Trinity School, the building opened to 504 students on September 7, 1954. Students in both elementary and high school were taught by six Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur who were assisted by three lay teachers.
Holy Trinity Parish, now Christ the King Catholic Church, led by the Rev. Austin Murphy, is also celebrating 100 years of Catholic presence in Anne Arundel County. At one time, the size of Holy Trinity parish prompted its division into four separate, independent parishes, which determined that Holy Trinity School would serve as a regional school for northern Anne Arundel County. In July 1973, the Northern Anne Arundel Regional Catholic School was incorporated to serve six parishes in the area. Within the next 20 years, Slade became the regional school for three additional parishes, serving a total of nine parishes in Anne Arundel County.
In 1974, Cardinal Lawrence Shehan renamed the school Arthur Slade Regional School. The school was incorporated in 1991 as Arthur Slade Regional Catholic School, where the tradition of serving Anne Arundel County families and students in kindergarten through eighth grade continued. A state-approved preschool program serving 3- and 4-year-olds began in 1975, which expanded in 1994 to serve children ages 2 through 4 in both full-time and part-time programs.
As part of the 50th anniversary in 2004, the school was renamed Monsignor Slade Catholic School to honor the priesthood of its founder.
Currently, Slade serves approximately 500 students and their families. The school is supported by the incorporation of four parishes: Christ the King Catholic Church, St. Bernadette Catholic Church in Severn, St. Lawrence Martyr Catholic Church in Jessup, and Our Lady of the Chesapeake Roman Catholic Church in Pasadena. Students attend from nearby counties and parishes across the region. The faculty and staff are dedicated to promoting the Catholic faith and developing the spiritual, intellectual, emotional, social and physical well-being of all students.
Recently, Monsignor Slade Catholic School has experienced significant developments that have increased the faculty’s ability to provide an excellent education to Slade students. The construction and implementation of a new science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) lab took place in 2017; a new Discovery Zone learning space was added for its youngest students in early 2019. Monsignor Slade students participate in county and Catholic Youth Organization athletic leagues in field hockey, soccer, basketball and lacrosse.
Students also have opportunities to participate in cheerleading, Girls on the Run, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, First Lego League robotics clubs and more. The arts program at Monsignor Slade is anchored by robust performing arts and choral programs, plus an instrumental band, which has been winning top accolades for more than 40 years.
Share your stories about Monsignor Slade Catholic School on social media or call 410-766-7130. Mark your calendars for April 25, 2020 – a celebratory event will be held. Families can also learn more about academic offerings at the school.