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.

Run until you can’t feel your legs—and then keep going. Spike it through the floor. Smash a forehand down the line. Turn a single into a double. Net the game-winner. Drop time on your butterfly. Sink a pressure putt. Take a charge. Make the save. Play. Like a girl.

Go Tartans!

On 30 athletic teams across 16 sports, our Tartans compete against the best talent in the region—and they win. Volleyball claimed its fifth straight conference championship in the fall. Our ice hockey team won the 2016 championship at the Verizon Center, home of the Washington Capitals. And the lacrosse program has been ranked as high as 4th nationally by Lacrosse Magazine. Thanks to our premier athletic fields, top competition and enthusiastic coaches, Tartan alumnae excel in collegiate sports—from national powerhouses like Maryland, Michigan, Florida and UCLA to smaller Division III programs around the country.

Holy Cross Tartans hold themselves to a high standard in competition—both in effort and character. Coaches, players and athletic directors at competitor schools repeatedly mention our girls’ class and sportsmanship toward the opposition. But that doesn’t mean they don’t win.

Our new synthetic, all-weather turf field opened in 2015, providing our girls the opportunity to compete on college-level facilities.

McKhaye O'Boyle ’20

Beyond Wins and Losses

Teamwork. Discipline. Leadership. These are the values our experienced and inspiring coaches instill in our girls. Holy Cross coaches elicit each girl’s maximum effort because they know her as an individual and understand the most effective way to motivate her. And they instruct our girls in far more than field hockey or basketball. They coach them through school, faith, family life, relationships, and everything in between, serving as a role model and instilling confidence in each girl.

Our girls learn to support and rely on each other as they achieve success together. And our athletic training program promotes healthy living (both in body and mind) for our student-athletes. Research shows that in a team atmosphere, girls feel supported and maintain positive perspectives on body image and self-esteem.

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Lanay Montgomery ’12 was drafted by the WNBA’s Seattle Storm in April 2017.