School Counseling

The Academy of the Holy Cross Counseling Department supports the growth and development of each student through the many transitions of adolescence. This is achieved through comprehensive, developmental, individual and group programs and opportunities that address the academic, personal, social, emotional and career development needs of our students.

In partnership with students, teachers, administrators, and parents, counselors work to create a safe and open environment where students learn to be effective problem solvers, responsible decision-makers, and critical thinkers. Our goal is to foster academic and social independence and self-expression through encouragement and support so each student is empowered to embrace her next challenge after high school with open arms. The counselors work closely with our college counselors to provide a seamless transition as the students begin their college process in junior year.

Individual students or small groups are welcome to drop by or make an appointment with the counselors. The counselors provide support and guidance to parents as well and are available for individual consultations at parent request. Because The Academy of the Holy Cross is not a therapeutic institution, issues requiring further evaluation or treatment will be referred to community professionals.

The Holy Cross Counseling Department follows the confidentiality standards of practice adopted by the American School Counselor Association, Ethical Standards of Practice.



See our page inside the Student Portal for resources!


See our page inside the Parent Portal for resources!

Meet our Counselors

Amy Schmidt Stowe
(301) 929-6455

Julie Ritter
Assistant Director
(301) 929-6493



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