The John Carroll School, Bel Air, Maryland


The John Carroll School welcomes applications from well-qualified international students who are interested in attending a college preparatory school in the United States. Students can apply to attend John Carroll for one semester, one year or all four years.

In general, applications are only accepted from students who are applying for entrance to 9th, 10th or 11th grade. International students currently are from Canada, China, Cameroon, Honduras, Italy, Japan, Liberia, Lithuania, Nigeria, Spain and South Korea. Students attend classes designed to meet their needs and interests, join teams and participate in a variety of extracurricular activities. All female students live with host families, many of whom have children attending John Carroll. Male students may choose to live on campus or with individual host families. 

The John Carroll School is a Catholic, independent, secondary school for young men and women that exists as a corporation within the secondary school system of the Archdiocese of Baltimore. The school offers a challenging, college preparatory curriculum that incorporates a spectrum of courses and activities to complement the needs and interests of our students.

At John Carroll, experienced and committed teachers take pride in developing each student's potential within a safe, challenging, and supportive environment. John Carroll's rigorous academic program, including the integration of technology through a fully integrated one-to-one laptop program, and the extraordinary number of opportunities in athletics, the arts, and other co-curricular and extra-curricular programs, prepare students to be successful in college and, ultimately, in the communities where they live and work. Students' hearts are educated as well, nourishing faith, building commitment to service, and fostering a strong sense of community. A John Carroll graduate has confidence and competence, and is ready, in the words of our Mission Statement, "to serve responsibly in shaping a more just and compassionate global society."

The dress code at John Carroll has always been an important part of the school’s effort to create an atmosphere conducive to learning. The girls’ uniform includes a black and white uniform kilt; JC banded polo shirt; and socks or tights with below-the-ankle brown or black leather shoes. The girls’ uniform can be purchased through the school sponsored uniform company, Flynn O’Hara. The boys’ dress code includes white or yellow dress shirts; “polo” style shirts with John Carroll logo (Summer Uniform only); ties; khaki dress pants; navy or black sports coat (Winter Uniform only); a belt; and below-the-ankle-leather shoes. The John Carroll Parent Association sponsors used uniform sales; these will be publicized on the website and in the weekly parent e update.


Study at The John Carroll School

The John Carroll School accepts college-bound students who are motivated and eager to learn and succeed in an academic environment. High school candidates are evaluated on the basis of their middle school performance including academics, conduct and attendance, standardized test scores and performance on the High School Placement Test (HSPT). The School admits students of any race, religion, nationality and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made to students at the school. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, nationality or ethnic origin in the administration of our educational and admission policies.

Affiliated with the Archdiocese of Baltimore, John Carroll is a member of the Association of Independent Maryland Schools, accredited by the Middle States Association of Schools and approved by the Maryland State Department of Education. John Carroll teaches Catholic and democratic principles and is aware of its responsibility to give consistent attention to Catholic moral and religious training of young men and women along with the academic and physical disciplines. Since we believe parents have the primary duty and right to educate their children in the manner of their choosing, we exist as an alternative to a strictly secular education.

The family, church, community, and the nation simultaneously play respective roles in the education of our youth. John Carroll assists these agencies by undertaking the role of Christian education; a role we believe requires sterling qualities of mind and heart, qualified academic preparation, and constant readiness to begin anew. We recognize our responsibility to elevate the consciousness of our students concerning the role of stewardship in the world. We encourage Catholic Christian beliefs, democratic values, and academic excellence.

We endeavor to develop in our students the attitudes, values, knowledge, and skills to enable them to contribute actively, intelligently, and responsibly to a better world, as they strive daily “to act justly, to love tenderly, and to walk humbly with God.” (Micah 6:8)

Explore Your Creative Side

The Fine Arts at John Carroll play an integral role in the academic and co-curricular school life. Students are enrolled in Fine Arts courses from freshman through senior year, with many opportunities to participate in school performances and productions. The Arts promote divergent, creative, critical thinking skills while effectively communicating through sensory expression. The Fine Arts is a discipline-based curriculum addressing sequential development of knowledge and skills. The arts provide aesthetic and spiritual dimensions for our students through diverse and substantive offerings in the Visual, Performing and Literary Areas.

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