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The Academy of the Holy Cross is a Catholic high school for girls located in Kensington, Maryland.


"Once a Holy Cross Girl. Always a Holy Cross Girl."

Girls at The Academy of the Holy Cross, don't just attend a school, they are part of a family - reaching back to our founding in 1868 by the Sisters of the Holy Cross in Washington, DC. Today, our beautiful 28-acre campus in Kensington, Maryland is home, where Tartans learn in a supportive environment utilizing the latest technologies available.

Our girls challenge themselves. They excel in a full course load, including our rigorous Honors and AP classes, and explore their passions through specialized online electives. They earn college credit from Marymount University through our on-campus dual enrollment classes. They work one-on-one with faculty mentors in honors-level classes and on capstone research papers.

Academics @ Holy Cross


Our entire program aims to develop both the mind and heart of each girl as she appreciates her personal gifts and recognizes her mission to make God's love present. Girls are encouraged to hone their talents, but also to reach beyond their comfort zone. They grow and excel in many ways outside of classes, from championship athletic teams and award-winning arts performances to extensive service opportunities, a vibrant and active Campus Ministry and innovative clubs.

Faith @ Holy Cross

High school is an important time for a student and her parents. Many changes take place during these adolescent years. Holy Cross welcomes and encourages parents to become involved in our community. Tartans are considered to be any member of the Holy Cross community!

After graduation, the Academy has a large network of Alumnae waiting to welcome them. Alumnae activities take place throughout the year. “Once a Holy Cross Girl. Always a Holy Cross Girl.”

Alumnae @ Holy Cross

As our mission states, “The Academy is committed to developing women of courage, compassion, and scholarship who responsibly embrace the social, spiritual, and intellectual challenges of the world.”