Baltimore Catholic schools have seen an increase in enrollment this school year. There are an estimated 530 new students and officials with the Archdiocese of Baltimore believe there are several reasons for the increase. Superintendent Dr. Donna Hargens says the pandemic made more people aware of the private school option along with the demand for the high academic standards offered by the school system. Dr. Hargens says in-person learning is the best educational environment and the school system appreciates the staff that stepped up to provide that experience. The influx of students means the need for more educators and the Archdiocese is looking to fill around 100 teaching positions.