School of the Holy Child

2225 Westchester Avenue
Rye, NY 10580-0105
     Tel: (914)967-5622
Grades: 5 - 12 | 310 students
School of the Holy Child in Rye, NY, is the only all-girls, Catholic, independent, college-preparatory school in Westchester County that provides and advanced, individulized education for grades 5-12.
Because of our longstanding history of challenging young women to puirsue academic excellence and find joy in learning, Holy Child is widely recognized as being the best at educating and mentoring students to become women of conscience and action.
We offer girls purposeful and transformative experiences through our innovative and unique programs in humanitites, global & religious studies, science & technology, engineering & architecture, arts & athletics, as well as personal and spiritual development through field-based and service learning opportunities.
Every student is empowered to use knowledge, confidence, collaboration, vision and character to become her best self within the classroom and beyond.
For more information, please call or email the Admission Office at 914-967-5622 x227 or

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc. National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS)
Religious Affiliation Roman Catholic
Grades Offered Grades 5 - 12
Year Founded 1904

Student Body

Total Students 310 students
Student Body Type All-girls
% Students of Color 25%
State avg.: 29%

Academics and Faculty

Average Class Size 14 students
Number of AP Courses 12 courses
List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses
Matriculation DataMatric. Data Link to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress Code Formal
(Students are required to wear a uniform )

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline Dec. 12 / Jan. 16 / rolling
Tuition Notes Upper School (grade 12): $32,200 Upper School (grades 9-11): 31,200 Middle School (grades 5-8): $28,800
% on Financial Aid 24%
Admissions Director Jacqueline Ciaccia '06
Admissions Associate Nina Newman, Assistant Head


Total Sports Offered 14 sports
Sports Basketball, Cross Country, Dance, Field Hockey, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Squash, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Winter TrackBasketballCross Country,
DanceField Hockey,
TennisTrack and Field,
VolleyballWinter Track,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 15 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. 2D, Advanced, Advanced, Art, Cappella, Dance, Film, Foundations, Introduction, Madrigals, Music, Sculpture, Senior, String, Wind 2D, Advanced, Advanced, Art, Cappella, Dance, Film, Foundations, Introduction, Madrigals, Music, Sculpture, Senior, String, Wind,

School Notes:

The mission of School of the Holy Child is to develop “women of conscience and action.” An all-girls, Catholic, independent, college-preparatory school for grades 5-12, the School is guided by the educational philosophy of Cornelia Connelly, the founder of the Society of the Holy Child Jesus, and her dedication to “joy in teaching and joy in learning.” Unlike most independent, public or private schools, our faculty and staff work collaboratively with students and families to ensure each student is known and valued, and her academic and indivdual goals are supported. Holy Child graduates are prepared for the innovative and critical thought necessary in a diverse, interconnected society.

Holy Child’s 18-acre campus in Rye, New York, blends old and new—it features a striking Tudor mansion dating to 1930, as well as recently constructed academic facilities. Over the past several years, the School has completed several important facilities enhancements identified in the Campus Master Plan, including the completion of a new academic building; renovations to the art room, dining hall and St. Walburga's Chapel; and installation of a turf field. In 2013, the School announced a $6 million capital campaign to fund the construction of a new field house for athletics and the renovation of the School’s gymnasium into a theatre. The new athetic field house will be compete in Spring 2015 and the theatre construction will finish in Fall 2015.

A commitment to “joy in teaching, joy in learning” lies at the heart of the Holy Child experience. School of the Holy Child offers a challenging, college-preparatory curriculum in the humanities, sciences and arts complemented by strong athletics, service and global programs. Challenged and engaged within the all-girls environment, students feel supported and empowered as they work collaboratively with both teachers and peers. The rigorous and comprehensive curriculum is designed to develop women of “conscience and action,” while leading each student to discover her individual talents and interests. Service learning plays a prominent part in the curriculum and in extracurricular offerings. As a 1:1 laptop school, technology and computing skills are integral to the Holy Child educational program. With a 100% college acceptance rate, Holy Child graduates are well prepared for the innovative and critical work of American universities and society. Graduates matriculate at a broad range of colleges and universities, including the nation’s most selective institutions.

Profile last updated: 02/18/2015

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School Reviews

9 months ago
Small school was able to modify my academic program to accomodate my learning style.
- Posted by Student/Alumni
11 months ago
The strong relationships formed with teachers, supportive and challenging academics and warm community were important elements for me as a student. They still continue to be highlights of a Holy Child education.
- Posted by Student/Alumni
1 year ago
Holy Child is a terrific school for my two daughters. We were drawn to the school initially because of the small class size where typical class size ranges from 10-15 girls. The students are encouraged to meet with their teachers outside of the classroom which prepares the students well for college. There is also a commitment to community service that is felt throughout the school. We are very happy that we chose Holy Child.
- Posted by Parent
1 year ago
My daughter attended Holy Child from 5th through 12th grade and enjoyed every moment. She had amazing teachers throughout her years at the school and has found herself to be amply prepared for the Ivy League university she currently attends. The all girls environment was invaluable in pushing her to participate in things outside her comfort zone.
- Posted by Parent
1 year ago
My daughter attended SHC from 6th grade through High School. She was more than prepared for her college experience at an Ivy League school both as a student and an athlete. SHC afforded her a challenging, thoughtful, insightful education, as well as an opportunity to excel in her sport.
- Posted by Parent
1 year ago
My daughter is currently a senior at Holy Child and she has had an amazing experience. The teachers are terrific - challenging, interesting, motivated. The global programs offered are unbelievable. She has competed on several athletic teams that have made it to the NYSAIS Finals. She is more than prepared for what lies ahead in college. The money we spent to send her here was more than worth it.
- Posted by Parent

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