Mission, Heritage & Beliefs

When a student and her family enroll at The Academy of the Holy Cross, they become part of the larger Holy Cross family that extends around the world. The Academy traces its roots to Le Mans, France where Blessed Basil Anthony Moreau lived a commitment to Christian education and established the Congregations of Holy Cross sisters, brothers and priests. Blessed Basil’s philosophy links directly to AHC’s mission today.

See more about the Academy’s history.

The Academy of the Holy Cross
Mission Statement

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.

School Beliefs


We believe that the quality of AHC is measured by the courage, compassion, and scholarship of the students, the alumnae, the faculty, the administration, and the staff.

Catholic Identity

We believe that our Catholic Identity is rooted in Catholic teachings which establish core values that sustain our community.

Academic Excellence

We believe that academic excellence occurs when all students are held to high standards within the framework of a rigorous curriculum.

Educating the Whole Person (Balance)

We believe that the purpose of education is to foster the intellectual, moral, and physical development of the whole person.


We believe that the traditions and philosophies of the Sisters of the Holy Cross provide young women with a Christ-centered faith community that invites and encourages a deepening relationship with God and others and a firm commitment to the creation of society founded on justice, love, and peace.


We believe that experiencing an intellectually, economically, and ethnically diverse community is necessary in the creation of tolerant individuals who will work for justice.


We believe that Holy Cross women lead where they stand. Holy Cross women embrace challenges and take action for the common good.


We believe that single-sex education of young women creates unique opportunities for them to develop as learners, leaders, compassionate individuals and forces of change in the world.


We believe that an environment that is safe, clean, functional, and aesthetically pleasing is conducive to respect for all persons who study and work here.


We believe that communication should be respectful, timely, responsive, and authentic.


Profile of a Holy Cross Graduate

Is a woman of courage, compassion and scholarship.

She exhibits integrity in her work and life. She recognizes her strengths and shares her talents through service to the wider community. She embraces life-long learning and has an inquiring mind.


Has mastered important academic skills.

She thinks critically and creatively. She is technologically literate and can communicate clearly in a written and oral manner. She is prepared for the challenges of college and life.


Values her Catholic education.

She has developed an appreciation and understanding of the Catholic faith. She is respectful and accepting of differences. She is guided by Catholic values of honor and morality in all areas of her life.

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