Mission Statement

The Academy of the Holy Cross, a Catholic college preparatory school sponsored by the Sisters of the Holy Cross since 1868, is dedicated to educating young women in a Christ-centered community which values diversity. The Academy is committed to developing women of courage, compassion and scholarship who responsibly embrace the social, spiritual and intellectual challenges of the world.

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The Academy of the Holy Cross is a Catholic high school for girls located in Kensington, Maryland.


"Once a Holy Cross Girl. Always a Holy Cross Girl."

Girls at The Academy of the Holy Cross, don't just attend a school, they are part of a family - reaching back to our founding in 1868 by the Sisters of the Holy Cross in Washington, DC. Today, our beautiful 28-acre campus in Kensington, Maryland is home, where Tartans learn in a supportive environment utilizing the latest technologies available.

Our girls are exceptionally prepared for college and beyond not only in the classroom, but also through guidance programs preparing them to be self-advocates and leaders. Recognizing that education today must include a global focus, we offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, where our students learn beyond facts and figures to how issues around the world affect us all. The IB is offered in addition to a full, rigorous curriculum that includes Honors and Advancement Placement courses.


Explore IB @ Holy Cross

Our entire program aims to develop both the mind and heart of each girl as she appreciates her personal gifts and recognizes her mission to make God's love present. Girls are encouraged to hone their talents, but also to reach beyond their comfort zone. They grow and excel in many ways outside of classes, from championship athletic teams and award-winning arts performances to extensive service opportunities, a vibrant and active Campus Ministry and innovative clubs.

Faith @ Holy Cross

High school is an important time for a student and her parents. Many changes take place during these adolescent years. Holy Cross welcomes and encourages parents to become involved in our community. Tartans are considered to be any member of the Holy Cross community!

After graduation, the Academy has a large network of Alumnae waiting to welcome them. Alumnae activities take place throughout the year. “Once a Holy Cross Girl. Always a Holy Cross Girl.”

Alumnae @ Holy Cross

As our mission states, “The Academy is committed to developing women of courage, compassion, and scholarship who responsibly embrace the social, spiritual, and intellectual challenges of the world.”