ABOUT OUR SCHOOL
Archbishop Edward A. McCarthy High School is a Roman Catholic co-educational school of the Archdiocese of Miami, following the tradition of Catholic youth formation and the motto of the school’s namesake, “Manere in Dilectione Christi” – “To abide in the love of Christ.” It is the school’s sacred trust to provide a varied program of religious experiences, educational offerings, athletic programs, social and cultural opportunities and community service encounters that will provide a foundation upon which the individual recognizes one’s personal relationship with community and Church.
PRINCIPAL’S WELCOME – Welcome to the Archbishop Edward A. McCarthy High School Website! – At Archbishop Edward A. McCarthy High School, we have a tradition of academic excellence with state of the art classrooms and numerous championship banners that hang from the walls of our athletic facilities.
FATHER DALTON – Reverend Brendan Dalton, President/Supervising Principal – Fr. Dalton is currently the pastor at St. Bernadette Parish. He was one of the original and most ardent supporters from the inception of the dream to build a Catholic High School in South Broward. He has served in many other parishes including Visitation, Epiphany, St. Matthews, St. Bartholomew, Sacred Heart and St. Gregory.
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PHILOSOPHY – Archbishop Edward A. McCarthy High School is a Roman Catholic co-educational school of the Archdiocese of Miami, following the tradition of Catholic youth formation and the motto of the school’s namesake, “Manere in Dilectione Christi” – “To abide in the love of Christ.” In its persons, programs and procedures its mission reflects the enlivened message of the gospel values and the teaching ministry of the Church. As the word “Catholic” means universal, so too are all members of this educational community-students, parents and faculty-part of the body and image of God. It is the school’s sacred trust to provide a varied program of religious experiences, educational offerings, athletic programs, social and cultural opportunities and community service encounters that will provide a foundation upon which the individual recognizes one’s personal relationship with community and Church.
MISSION STATEMENT – Archbishop Edward A. McCarthy High School is dedicated to the formation of tomorrow’s leaders through a Roman Catholic experience that provides excellence in Atmosphere, Academics, the Arts, and Athletics.
VISION STATEMENT –Archbishop Edward A. McCarthy High School’s vision is to be one of the most innovative, influential, and accomplished Roman Catholic schools in the nation.
BELIEFS – Statements about Schools need to provide students with diversity that will engage them in the learning process and spiritual and physical development. Schools must offer a wide range of extra-curricular, academic and athletic activities for physical and socialization skills. Schools should reinforce Christian values and community responsibilities. Schools should provide an opportunity to learn about life. Schools should bring out the best in everyone. Faculty should be dedicated, motivated and committed to be creative in the teaching of the subject matter.
- To educate students in sound Roman Catholic doctrine so they can relate their personal world as children of God with their duties as participatory members of their Church, country and community.
- To invite students to develop a personal relationship with Jesus Christ through instruction in their faith and participation in liturgical, para-liturgical, service and sacramental experiences.
- To emphasize a healthy respect for self, all life, the family, the school, the community and the environment by emphasizing Catholicism as a mode of living.
- To offer a curricular program that meets the spiritual, cultural and intellectual needs of a diverse community and challenges them to their highest potential.
- To instill in students an appreciation for the value of the process of lifelong learning by developing the skills necessary to comprehend, interpret, evaluate, inquire and think critically as well as to listen, speak, write and remember effectively.
Archbishop Edward A. McCarthy High School is a Roman Catholic co-educational school of the Archdiocese of Miami, following the tradition of Catholic youth formation and the motto of the school’s namesake, “Manere in Dilectione Christi” – “To abide in the love of Christ.” In its persons, programs and procedures its mission reflects the enlivened message of the gospel values and the teaching ministry of the Church. As the word “Catholic” means universal, so too are all members of this educational community-students, parents and faculty-part of the body and image of God. It is the school’s sacred trust to provide a varied program of religious experiences, educational offerings, athletic programs, social and cultural opportunities and community service encounters that will provide a foundation upon which the individual recognizes one’s personal relationship with community and Church.
As a result of a feasibility study completed by the University of Miami in February 1993, the Archdiocese of Miami authorized the construction of a new Roman Catholic High School in South Broward. Together with Archbishop Coleman Carroll High School in Dade County, these schools became the first new Catholic High Schools in the Archdiocese in nearly thirty years. Archbishop Edward McCarthy began planning for this new Catholic school in 1994. Archbishop John C. Favalora, Archbishop McCarthy and the first supervising principal, Reverend Edmond Whyte, broke ground for the new school on April 27, 1997. The first phase of construction began soon after. This initial phase included a 21-room classroom building (including offices for campus ministry and student activities, computer lab and three science labs), a 300-seat chapel, an air-conditioned gymnasium and locker rooms and three athletic fields to accommodate 800 students. The second phase of construction completed in 2002 included 2 new buildings including 19 additional classrooms, a state of the art media center, fine arts theatre, computer labs, and offices for administration, student services, admissions, guidance and athletics.
ARCHBISHOP EDWARD A. McCARTHY
(D.D., S.T.D., J.C.D., M.A.)
Archbishop John C. Favalora selected the name of this new school to be Archbishop Edward A. McCarthy High School in honor of the contributions made to the Roman Catholic community, including education, by Archbishop McCarthy. Archbishop McCarthy was born on April 10, 1918 in Cincinnati, Ohio and was given eternal rest on June 6, 2005. He was one of five siblings, four of whom chose the religious life. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1943 and became Auxiliary Bishop of Cincinnati in 1965 and was appointed the First Bishop of Phoenix, Arizona in 1969. The Archbishop became the co-adjudicator Archbishop of Miami in 1976 and assumed leadership of the Archdiocese of Miami in 1977 upon the death of Archbishop Coleman Carroll. Archbishop McCarthy graduated from the St. Gregory Seminary and Mt. St. Mary Seminary in Norwood, Ohio. He earned a Doctorate of Canon Law, summa cum laude, from the Appolinare, the School of Canon Law at the Lateran University, (Rome 1947). The Archbishop also earned a Doctorate of Sacred Theology degree, magna cum laude, from the Angelicum University (Rome, 1948) and a Master’s Degree in Philosophy from the Athenaeum of Ohio. Highlights of Archbishop McCarthy’s ministry in the Archdiocese of Miami includes the establishment of a family enrichment center, Office of Lay Ministry and a Permanent Diaconate program. He also issued “Pastoral Guidelines for Marriage Preparation”, established an Office of Evangelization, dedicated Pierre Toussaint Haitian Catholic Center, traveled to Cuba, ordained the first black priest in the Archdiocese, dedicated the new Pastoral Center in Miami Shores, presided over the creation of the two new Florida dioceses, called for the first-ever Archdiocesan Synod, vigorously opposed abortion, the death penalty and restrictive immigration policies, created a new agency now known as the Catholic Health Services, welcomed Pope John Paul II to South Florida, established Genesis I for homeless AIDS patients and began Radio Peace. Archbishop McCarthy has also written over twenty Pastoral Letters.
THE SCHOOL CREST, MOTTO AND COLORS – The crest of Archbishop Edward A. McCarthy High School reflects the heritage and traditions of its namesake. In the right corner of the triangle is a stag trippant, which represents the McCarthy family and was used in Ireland as a symbol for centuries and is symbolic of Archbishop McCarthy’s patron saints, St. Edward the Confessor and St. Anthony. The “M” and the three crosslets are from the Coat of Arms of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, where Archbishop McCarthy was born, baptized, ordained to the priesthood and later received Episcopal ordination and is symbolic of the Blessed Mother. The palm and three waves are the symbols of the Archdiocese of Miami. The crown on the top of the triangle is the symbol for the special intentions granted to the school by the Blessed Mother. Archbishop McCarthy, and the school’s motto is “Manere in Dilectione Christi”, translated as “To abide in the love of Christ”. It is derived from the words of Our Lord at the Last Supper (John 15:9) and expresses the Lord’s teaching, “He who abides in me, and I in him, he bears much fruit; for without me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5); “If you keep my commandments you will abide in my love” (John 15:10); and “By this will all men know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13:35). This motto is an ideal and program of life for the bearers of this shield. The school colors are Teal Blue, Silver and Black.
THE SCHOOL MASCOT – The first freshman class of Archbishop Edward A. McCarthy High School chose the “Maverick” as the school mascot. Webster defines a maverick as an independent person who stands up for what he/she believes despite the ridicule of others, often an accurate description of a true believer in Christ.
Archbishop McCarthy High School is Owned and Operated by the Archdiocese of Miami
- AdvancED (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools)
- Florida Catholic Conference
- National Catholic Education Association
- American Counseling Association
- Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
- Broward County Non-Public School Association
- Davie-Cooper City Chamber of Commerce
- Florida Career Development Association
- Florida Counseling Association
- Florida High School Activities Association
- Florida High School Athletic Association
- Florida School counselors Association
- International Association for K-12 Online Learning
- International Society for Technology in Education
- National Association for College Admission Counseling
- National Association of Secondary School Principals
- French National Honor Society
- International Quill & Scroll Honor Society
- International Thespian Society
- Mu Alpha theta
- National Art Honor Society
- National English Honor Society
- National Honor Society
- National Social Studies Honor Society
- Science National Honor Society
- Spanish National Honor Society
Archbishop Edward A. McCarthy High School has been selected for the Catholic High School Honor Roll for the 7th year.
It is an honor for Archbishop McCarthy to be recognized by the Catholic High School Honor Roll as one of the top 50 Catholic high schools in the United States. It recognizes our commitment to Catholic education. We congratulate the students, parents, teachers, and staff for their hard work and dedication.
Nearly 1300 Catholic high schools were invited to apply to the Honor Roll. With this high level of competition, inclusion on the Honor Roll indicates outstanding success in academic excellence, Catholic identity, and civic education. Receiving this honor validates the mission of the school and the commitment to continued excellence. Click Here to download Fr. Dalton and Mr. Jean’s letter and to view a list of the top 50 Catholic Schools.
Apple Distinguished School – Archbishop McCarthy High School has been renewed as an Apple Distinguished School for 2013-2015, a two year designation. Archbishop McCarthy joined 87 schools nationwide being recognized by Apple as exemplary learning environments and centers of innovation, leadership, and educational excellence. The Apple Distinguished School designation is reserved for schools that integrate Apple technology in education and meet criteria for the five best practices: visionary leadership, innovative teaching and learning, ongoing professional learning, compelling evidence of success, and a flexible learning environment.
Innovations in Catholic Education – Today’s Catholic Teacher has selected Archbishop McCarthy as one of the twelve recipients of the 2013 Innovations in Catholic Education Awards. Today’s Catholic Teacher magazine has been awarding this honor to schools nationwide for the past sixteen years for innovations in education. The award honors twelve Catholic elementary and secondary schools that have led the way by implementing exemplary, innovative programs to improve the teaching and learning of their students, faculty, and staff. Our school’s award is in the area of innovative projects facilitated by technology.
Yours in Christ, Rev. Brendan Dalton, Supervising Principal
Yours in Catholic Education, Richard P. Jean, Principal
Archbishop McCarthy High School has a professional teaching staff of 75. Teachers in our school have an average of over 15 years experience. More than half of our teachers have master’s degrees or higher.
Our highly trained staff is dedicated to supporting the development of all students. Our teachers and support staff use proven methodologies and a highly effective curriculum to help students grow academically, spiritually, socially, and physically. We regularly participate in professional development training in order to improve our skills and offer a better learning experience for the young men and women at Archbishop McCarthy High School.
Although we highly recommend a campus visit, our Photo Tour is a great way to see our campus and experience some aspects of student life at Archbishop McCarthy High School. Click on any image to enlarge. Use mouse or left/right arrow keys to navigate between images. Click the ‘X’ or press ESC to exit the gallery. Enjoy!
School At a Glance
- Year founded: 1997
- Location: Southwest Ranches, FL
- Principal: Richard P. Jean
- Enrollment: 1586
- Type: Roman Catholic College Prep
- # of AP courses offered: 17
- Dual enrollment program: credit granted by St. Thomas Univ. and Univ. of Florida (Online courses)
- % of 2013 graduates attending college: 99.9%
- College Scholarships offered to 2013 graduates: Over $28,000,000 awarded.
- Athletic Association: Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA)
- Accreditation: AdvancED
- Ranked 6th in the top 25 Private Schools by South Florida Business Journal
- Recognized as a Top 50 Catholic High School in the Nation
- Apple Distinguished School
- Received Innovations in Catholic Ed Award from Today’s Catholic Teacher