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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Dynamic Minds

Women of intellect.

Apply math concepts to building bridges. Earn college credit in creative writing. Construct a toothpick bridge in the science lab. Spend time shadowing a medical doctor, civil engineer, or teacher. Work with faculty to write a research paper on forensic science, sports rivalries, or Civil War literature. Show the world what a woman of intellect can do.

We educate girls who will become women of courage, compassion, and scholarship for the world. Our challenging curriculum and supportive faculty present opportunities for every girl to make real-world connections, build on existing knowledge, demonstrate mastery, and view her mistakes as beneficial. The 1:1 iPad program allows us to seamlessly integrate technology into the classroom, facilitating and enhancing learning while encouraging creativity and innovation.

Students benefit from our tiered class structure and expert faculty, who know each girl’s individual learning style and tailor the curriculum to ensure each student fully comprehends the material.

Holy Cross girls achieve a 100 percent college acceptance rate and attend some of the top universities in the country.

Learning for college and life.

Holy Cross believes in education that prepares students to solve problems they will face in the real world. Every Holy Cross girl completes a 60-hour, off-site internship with professionals in a career that interests her. Our Project Lead the Way Engineering Program, 1:1 iPad Program, and state-of-the-art laboratories reinforce the importance of STEM education at Holy Cross.

Our girls challenge themselves. They excel in a full course load, including our rigorous AP classes and IB Programme, and explore their passions through specialized online electives. They earn college credit from Marymount University through our on-campus dual enrollment classes. They work one-on-one with faculty mentors in honors-level classes and on capstone research papers.

Mairead James ’19