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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Dual Credit/Dual Enrollment

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The Academy offers a dual credit/dual enrollment program in partnership with Marymount University in Arlington, VA to afford eligible students two opportunities to earn college credit.

Dual Credit

Dual credit allows eligible seniors in strong academic standing to fulfill a high school academic requirement while simultaneously earning college credit for a course. These courses are taught on our campus during the school day by Holy Cross faculty members who have achieved adjunct faculty status at Marymount. These credits may be transferable to other colleges and universities, depending upon the school and its policies. As with AP and IB courses, students enrolled in these courses receive 0.7 additional grade points towards their GPA upon successful completion of the course with a grade of C- or higher.

Dual Credit Courses 2017-2018

English: Approaches to Creative Writing

Theology: Religions of the World

History & Social Science: Microeconomics

In this first year for Dual-Credit classes, 64 girls are enrolled.

Dual Enrollment

Under the dual enrollment arrangement, rising seniors at Holy Cross become eligible to take any introductory course at Marymount University in Arlington, VA for college credit at a substantially discounted rate. They have the full use of campus facilities such as libraries, research opportunities, and athletic spaces. While students gain the experience of attending a college class they also earn college credit which in many cases is transferable to the college they will attend.

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