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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"Girl power to me means being brave enough to take that first step and to speak out and be yourself." -Katherine McNamara

The Holy Cross Admissions office is ready to help you at any step in the application process. Families can complete an online application or print the application for completion and mailing. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask.

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Application Criteria

Ninth Grade Admissions

1. Sign-up for a Tartan for a Day visit day with a current 9th grader. Visit days occur throughout the fall, from September to early January.

2. To access the online application, please complete the New User Registration page. The online application must be submitted by December 11, 2017. Late applications are only considered if space is available.

A. Students attending a Catholic elementary school in the Archdiocese of Washington must select the Academy as one of their two choices on the Archdiocesan Choice Form in order for school records, including teacher recommendations, to be sent to the Academy. The Archdiocesan Choice Form is issued to students by their elementary school. (Please note: You still must separately submit the Academy's admissions application.)

B. Students NOT attending a Catholic elementary school in the Archdiocese of Washington must complete the following:

3. Submit the $60 application fee. Families have the option to pay the fee online or by check. The fee must be submitted by Monday, December 11, 2017.

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4. Take the High School Placement Test (HSPT) in December and request results be sent to the Academy.

5. The Admissions Committee will review all applications and decisions will be mailed in February. If you would prefer to submit a paper application, you may download a copy here.

The Academy does not discriminate on the basis of color, race, national or ethnic origin in its educational policies, personnel policies, admissions policies, scholarship and financial aid programs, or other school administered programs.

Transfer Admissions

1. Contact the Office of Admissions to inquire about transfer openings. Mid-year transfers are occasionally considered if space allows.

2. To apply to The Academy of the Holy Cross, please complete the New User Registration page, then complete the online application.

3. Submit the $60 application fee. Families have the option to pay the fee online or by check.

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4. Request an official transcript of the student's high school academic record, including first semester grades for the current year, and available standardized test results using the Transcript Release form. If the student is in ninth grade, seventh-grade and eighth-grade transcripts and standardized test scores should be included.

5. Request recommendations from your English and Math teachers using the Teacher Recommendation form.

6. Applications will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee when all forms are completed and returned to the Academy.

7. Applicants will be notified when the process is completed.

If you would prefer to submit a paper application, you may download a copy here.

The Academy does not discriminate on the basis of color, race, national or ethnic origin in its educational policies, personnel policies, admissions policies, scholarship and financial aid programs, or other school administered programs.

International Admissions

Applicants from China, South Korea, and Vietnam

Please see information here.

Applicants from All Other Countries

International Students from all other countries who are interested in attending The Academy of the Holy Cross should contact the Office of Admissions at (301) 929-6442 or admissions@academyoftheholycross.org.



Admissions Timeline

August 2017

Prospective 8th grade students sign up for a Tartan for a Day visit!

November 5, 2017

Holy Cross Open House from 10:00 am-1:00 pm!

December 11, 2017

Deadline for application and $60 application fee.

February 22, 2018

Decision letters are mailed.

March 5, 2018

Accepted Student's Night for the incoming freshman class.

March 9, 2018

Registration for the Class of 2022.

Testing

The Academy of the Holy Cross requires the High School Placement Test (HSPT) for admission.

For students currently enrolled in Catholic elementary schools, the test will be offered at your school in December. You need to choose Academy of the Holy Cross as one of your choices for us to receive your scores.

For students NOT currently enrolled in Catholic elementary schools, please register to take the HSPT in December. You may register, starting in October, with the Archdiocese of Washington Catholic Schools Office online or by phone at (301) 853-5387.

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The Academy of the Holy Cross
Admissions Office
(301) 929-6442

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