The Academy Of The Holy Cross

  • 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.
  • The Academy of the Holy Cross is a private Catholic high school for girls.
  • Its college preparatory program reflects a holistic approach to education by fostering the intellectual, physical and moral development of the students.
  • The goal of the educational program is to provide the opportunities and challenges necessary for students to achieve their full potential as Christian women in today's society.
  • To achieve this goal, the curriculum offers students a variety of learning experiences in liberal and creative arts, math, science and career education.
  • The faculty of Holy Cross encourages students to succeed in the educational program by recognizing and providing for individual needs and differences in learning styles.
  • As part of the community of faith at Holy Cross, students are encouraged to clarify their Christian values, deepen their relationship with God and others and develop individual responsibilities for promoting justice in the world.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA)
National Coalition of Girls
Religious AffiliationRoman Catholic
Grades OfferedGrades 9-12
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Year Founded1868
Summer School OfferedYes

Student Body

Total Students425 students
Student Body TypeAll-girls
% Students of Color
45%
State avg.: 32%
Students by Grade The Academy Of The Holy Cross Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers43 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio10:1
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size15 students
Number of AP Courses17 courses
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Advanced CoursesAP Biology, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Comparative Government & Politics, AP Computer Science Principles, AP English Language & Comp., AP Environmental Science, AP European History, AP French Language and Culture, AP History and Social Studies, AP Human Geography, AP Latin, AP Literature & Composition, AP Physics C Mechani, AP Psychology, AP Spanish Language and Culture, AP Statistics, AP US Government, AP US History

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineDec. 11 / rolling
Tuition NotesThe Academy of the Holy Cross offers both need-based tuition assistance and merit-based scholarships. To apply for tuition assistance, families must complete a Parents’ Financial Statement through School & Student Services (SSS). Scholarships are offered in academic achievement, performing and visual arts, and STEM. Please see our website for more information.

Sports

Total Sports Offered18 sports
SportsArchery, Basketball, Crew, Cross Country, Dance, Diving, Equestrian, Field Hockey, Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Winter TrackArcheryBasketball,
CrewCross Country,
DanceDiving,
EquestrianField Hockey,
GolfIce Hockey,
LacrosseSoccer,
SoftballSwimming,
TennisTrack and Field,
VolleyballWinter Track,

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.6 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Variety of After School Clubs

Arts and Music Programs:
Dance Program, Instrumental Music Program, Theater Arts Program, Visual Arts Program, Vocal Music Program

School Notes

  • 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. The Academy of the Holy Cross is a private Catholic high school for girls. Its college preparatory program reflects a holistic approach to education by fostering the intellectual, physical and moral development of the students. The goal of the educational program is to provide the opportunities and challenges necessary for students to achieve their full potential as Christian women in today's society. To achieve this goal, the curriculum offers students a variety of learning experiences in liberal and creative arts, math, science and career education. The faculty of Holy Cross encourages students to succeed in the educational program by recognizing and providing for individual needs and differences in learning styles. As part of the community of faith at Holy Cross, students are encouraged to clarify their Christian values, deepen their relationship with God and others and develop individual responsibilities for promoting justice in the world.

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Great theatre department! The department loves getting everyone involved, pushing them outside their comfort level, and showing them a new world of art that they have not yet experienced. If you are a regular thespian, or just want to try something new, the performing arts department has everything. They offer beginner classes for those who are new or uncomfortable and they have advanced classes so you can work your way up and challenge yourself. Even if you are not in a class, you still have an opportunity to participate in clubs, performances, and teams within the department.
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