About Us

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


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

Students 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.


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Students are exceptionally prepared for college and beyond not only in the classroom, but also through guidance programs preparing them to be self-advocates and leaders. Recognizing that education today must include a global focus, we offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, where our students learn beyond facts and figures to how issues around the world affect us all. The IB is offered in addition to a full, rigorous curriculum that includes Honors and Advancement Placement courses.



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Our entire program aims to develop both the mind and heart of each student as she appreciates her personal gifts and recognizes her mission to make God's love present. Students are encouraged to hone their talents, but also to reach beyond their comfort zone. Students 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.


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


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After graduation, the Academy has a large network of Alumnae waiting to welcome them. Alumnae activities take place throughout the year, from our Annual Reunion to Tartans Come Home (for younger alumnae), to events for alumnae who are mothers of current students and so on. “Once a Holy Cross Girl. Always a Holy Cross Girl.”

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.”


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This website is made possible by the generous financial support of the 2011 Tartan Challenge Raffle.
4920 Strathmore Avenue, Kensington, MD 20895  (301) 942-2100  
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