History & Tradition
Archbishop Borders School opened as a community school in 2002 in the Highlandtown neighborhood of Baltimore after the merger of St. Elizabeth's and Our Lady of Pompeii Schools. We are one of four schools in the Archdiocese of Baltimore to hold the title of community school. A community school program establishes partnerships between the school and other community resources. Its integrated focus is on academics, services, supports, and opportunities that lead to improved student learning, stronger families and healthier communities.
A few years after we opened in 2002, our former principal, Ms. Cathy Marshall, noticed the need to bring the Spanish language component into the classroom. Our students were losing their native Spanish skills, which was a critical part of their cultural identity. So in 2010, Archbishop Borders School partnered with the Roche Center of Boston College and their Two-Way Immersion Network for Catholic Schools (TWIN-CS) and launched its dual-language program in English in Spanish beginning with its Pre-K students. The goal of this program is that students will be biliterate and bilingual by 5th grade. In 2016, we are still the only program of this kind in the Archdiocese of Baltimore. Ultimately, we follow the Archdiocese of Baltimore curriculum, but teach it to our students in both English and Spanish.
With a diverse community, Archbishop Borders School places a special emphasis on fostering an understanding of the different cultures and traditions present. Events focused on this work include the Annual International Fair, celebrating Our Lady of Guadalupe and other days dedicated to the various virgins of Latin America, and more.
We are excited to keep developing this program and curriculum, and to serve as a model for other schools in our area and across the country.