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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Advanced Placement

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The Academy of the Holy Cross offers a wide variety of Advanced Placement (AP) courses. AP courses are those for which a College Board Advanced Placement examination exists; the curriculum for these courses follows guidelines established by the College Board and is externally approved each year in which a given course is offered. A qualifying score on an AP exam may give a student credit or advanced standing in that subject in college.

Since each girl's academic schedule at the Academy is as unique as the girl herself, all have the opportunity to qualify to take an AP course. However, because of the rigor of an AP course there are prerequisites that must be met. During the registration period in the beginning of second semester, all students are encouraged to discuss with their teachers and counselors the best options for them.

Visit the College Board's AP Student website here.

AP Courses in 2017-2018 Program of Studies include:


AP English Language & Composition
AP Literature & Composition

History and Social Studies:

AP US Government
AP Comparative Government & Politics
AP US History


AP Calculus AB
AP Calculus BC
AP Statistics


AP Biology
AP Physics C Mechanics

AP Language Exams Note: students who are interested in writing the culminating AP examination in a World Languages course after completion of IB Spanish, IB French, or IB Latin may arrange to do so in consultation with the Chair of the Department of World Languages and the Assistant Principal for Academics.