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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Scholars Programs

Sancta Crux, Madeleva and Gillespie STEM Scholars

Girls in the Sancta Crux, Madeleva and Gillespie STEM Scholars programs don’t just benefit from rigorous academics. They discuss global issues with their faculty mentor. They write research papers on topics they truly love. They play piano at a nursing home. They embrace public speaking. Through the Sancta Crux, Madeleva and Gillespie STEM Scholars programs, Holy Cross girls fulfill the mission of becoming women of courage, compassion, and scholarship.

Sancta Crux Scholars

For incoming freshmen who have demonstrated excellent academic achievement, the Sancta Crux Scholars Program provides each girl with a faculty mentor for their four years at Holy Cross. In their mentors, our girls have role models who really get to know them as students, athletes, artists, and individuals. Sancta Crux Scholars benefit from their faculty mentors writing college recommendation letters, which highlight each girl’s unique strengths in the classroom, but also her qualities as a person. The Sancta Crux program offers quarterly field trips to organizations in the fields of science, medicine, engineering, journalism, and the arts. Sancta Crux Scholars also take advantage of early college counseling, PSAT testing, and college visits. Incoming freshmen are invited to become Sancta Crux Scholars based on test scores, grades, and recommendations.

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Madeleve Scholars

Students choose to enter the Madeleva Scholars Program during the spring semester of their freshman year. As a self-guided program, students make the most of being a Madeleva Scholar. They take at least one honors-level course per year and complete challenging summer enrichment study, fueling their academic curiosity. They help those in need by fulfilling an annual service requirement in addition to the Academy’s general requirement. As women of action, they seek leadership positions and extracurricular involvement, providing examples for other Tartans. The program culminates in a research project in which each girl works one-on-one with their faculty mentor to complete a paper on a subject that she finds interesting. Such a degree of individual attention is invaluable for Holy Cross girls and is not often seen until the college or graduate level.

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Gillespie STEM Scholars

Incoming freshmen, who have demonstrated an aptitude for science and math, and a sincere interest in the field of engineering are encouraged to apply for the Gillespie STEM Scholars.

Gillespie scholars must take one of the Project Lead the Way engineering courses by the end of sophomore year.

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