Welcome New Families

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We can't wait to welcome you into our community.

As your family joins the Holy Cross community, you may have questions. The Admissions Office is available for you. Please don't hesitate to contact us.

Emma Hart

Director of Admissions

Jordyn Brock

Assistant Director of Admissions, Coordinator of Diversity, Inclusion, and Access


Tartan Shop

Families may now purchase PE uniforms and spirit wear from the online Tartan Shop. Students can pick up their paid orders during orientation. If you have any questions please contact Donna Bruton at dbruton@academyoftheholycross.org.

Visit the Tartan Shop


Flynn O’Hara stores have re-opened, but shipping could be delayed. Please consider purchasing school uniform items sooner than later, especially to take advantage of Flynn O'Hara discounts.

Sign up for their updates to stay in the loop, find the Flynn O'Hara Holy Cross landing page here, and see additional information on the uniform here

The Holy Cross uniform includes:

  • Gray skirt or tailored gray pants
  • Dark purple, lavender or white polo shirt (short- or long-sleeved); a white collared oxford shirt or white turtleneck
  • Sneakers or low solid-colored closed-toed and full backed leather shoes
  • Optional zip-up dark gray fleece jacket, dark gray quarter-zip, or an optional sleeveless gray vest.

Flynn O'Hara MD locations: 

Loehmann's Plaza

5210 Randolph Road

Rockville, MD 2085

(301) 838-8958


Lanham Crossing Center

8807 Annapolis Road

Lanham, MD 20706

(240) 764-4545

Essential Summer Academic and Tech Info

Summer Assignments:

All 9th graders read the same English book, regardless of level: The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd.

id="docs-internal-guid-7e441ba8-7fff-fceb-0ce1-59145c2d6edb">For all other summer assignments, parents can access all information through the parent portal.

Parent Portal

Class of 2024 Skill and Content Refresher Course:

A few spots remain for the non-credit, free virtual class designed for the Class of 2024. During the week of August 17-21, students will have the opportunity to freshen up their English (8:30-11:30 am) and Math (12:30-3:30 pm) skills, gain experience with the online learning system and interact with teachers and classmates. 

Register Here

iPad Pickup and Tech Training – Two-Step Process:

Step One (Only Incoming Non-Summer School Students):

On Monday-Tuesday, August 10-11, between 9:00 am to 12:00 noon, incoming non-summer school students are required to pick-up their iPads. Please use Main Entrance #1

Step Two (ALL Incoming Students, Including Summer School Students):

Once the student has picked her iPad, then she will participate in a Virtual Technology Training Session (Student Portal, Student PowerSchool, and other software).

Students will receive a virtual meeting invitation with a Google Meet Link in their Student Email from dmaye@academyoftheholycross.org. This email will be ready to view once iPads are picked up.

Assigned participation sessions are as follows:

Last Names Beginning with A-F: Wednesday August 12 from 10:00-11:00 am or 1:00-2:00 pm

Last Names Beginning with G-O: Thursday, August 13 from 10:00-11:00 am or 1:00-2:00 pm

Last Names Beginning with P-Z: Friday, August 14 from 10:00-11:00 am or 1:00-2:00 pm

Please contact Dena Maye with any iPad or Technology questions.

Ordering Books and Electronic Books

Students should have their textbooks on the first day of class. Information will be available about textbooks on the "Back-to-School" page on the school portals by Friday, July 24. Please refer to the book lists on the portal first to get a complete list of books that will be required for each class. Here there will be instructions for the purchase of each book. Many of the books will be purchased from Follett but there are several that will be purchased directly from the publisher or from iBooks. Please review the instructions carefully. If you have any questions please contact Jean Cotter at jcotter@academyoftheholycross.org.

The Follett Virtual Bookstore will be open beginning Monday, July 27.

Essential Summer Forms and Protocols

Health Forms:

A friendly reminder to fill out and submit your health forms!

Health Forms

Parent/Guardian Credentials:

All Class of 2024 and incoming Transfer Student families should have received an email with a letter attachment from our Registrar, Kristen Pawlowski, on Tuesday, June 16. This important letter includes new, updated login information for your Parent Portal and Parent PowerSchool. Please review this letter! Please check your spam filter or contact Kristen Pawlowski at kpawlowski@academyoftheholycross.org if you have not received the email.

Online Emergency/Health Update 2020-2021 Form Due Thursday, July 23

Please complete the required Online Emergency/Health Update 2020-2021 form by Thursday, July 23. Log in to your Parent/Guardian PowerSchool, select the Online Emergency/Health Update 2020-2021 icon in the bottom left hand corner and proceed. If the Online form is not completed and submitted by Thursday, July 23, then your daughter's PowerSchool will be locked and she will not have access to her schedule, grades and attendance until the form is completed. For Login Help: Please click Forgot Username or Password link on the PowerSchool Student and Parent Sign In page. Or, send an email to powerschoolhelp@academyoftheholycross.org for questions about your PowerSchool login.

Concussion Protocol

The Student and Parent/Guardian XLNTbrain registration instructions are available here. ALL students and parents/guardians are required to register for an XLNTbrain account. Baseline concussion testing is MANDATORY for ALL students trying out for a team sport. Baseline concussion testing is OPTIONAL but RECOMMENDED for all other students. Please download and read the Concussion Protocol Letter. Parents/Guardians and students are required to abide by all the terms and conditions of the Concussion Protocol Letter and the XLNTbrain registration instructions.

For questions regarding the Concussion Protocol Letter, please contact bhagler@academyoftheholycross.org.

Orientation Information

Note updated information.

Tuesday, August 25-Friday, August 28

Freshman Orientation

  • Tuesday, August 25 • 8:45 am-2:00 pm: Maye and Sweeney/Teter Advisories (on-campus with virtual option)
  • Wednesday, August 26 • 8:45 am-2:00 pm: Ouellette and Gardner Advisories (on-campus with virtual option)
  • Thursday, August 27 • 8:45 am-2:00 pm: Mullikin and Kelley Advisories (on-campus with virtual option)
  • Friday, August 28 • 9:00 am-2:00 pm: ALL Class of 2024 (virtual)

Friday, August 28

Transfer Student Orientation
8:45 am-12:00 noon (on-campus with virtual option)

Monday, August 31

All-School Orientation (virtual)
8:30 am-2:00 pm

New Parent/Guardian Coffee and Conversation

New parents/guardians are invited to "Coffee and Conversation" with President Katy Prebble, and Board Chair Sister Ruth Marie Nickerson, CSC:

  • Class of 2024 Parents/Guardians (in-person): Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday, August 25, 26, or 27 at 8:45 am
  • Transfer Parents/Guardians (in-person): Friday, August 28 at 8:45 am
  • All new Parents/Guardians (virtual for anyone who isn't able to attend in-person): Thursday, August 27 at 7:00 pm

Details about these events will be forthcoming soon.


Course Schedules

Schedules will be available in PowerSchool beginning on Monday, July 27. If the Online Emergency/Health Update form is not completed and submitted by Thursday, July 23, then your daughter's PowerSchool will be locked and she will not have access to her schedule, grades and attendance until the form is completed. Scheduler Maureen James will be available to make schedule changes by email at mjames@academyoftheholycross.org.  The last day for schedule changes will be Friday, September 18. Please bear in mind that changes to yearlong courses cannot be made in the Spring semester, and any changes to Spring semester courses are more easily made before the September 18 date.

Frequently Asked Questions!



Holy Cross has done an amazing job helping me discover what I am capable of in every capacity, not only in my classes, but in every other chance that has presented itself. I am so confident and excited to push myself even further in the future thanks to the resources that Holy Cross has given me.

–Anna Owens ’20