School Profile

About Us

The Academy of the Holy Cross is a women’s college preparatory high school of 500 students in grades 9 through 12 with 121 students in the Class of 2016.

Students come primarily from Montgomery County (MD) though we do have students from our surrounding counties as well as the District of Columbia and Northern Virginia. Our student body is diverse with approximately 32% of our students identifying themselves as being students of color.

The Academy is committed to providing for individual needs and differences in learning styles. Faculty involvement with students extends beyond the classroom into co-curricular activities. Our school year is divided into two semesters and classes are taught on a modified block schedule. Semester exams are worth 20% of the final semester grade and are given prior to Christmas break and at the end of the school year. Our student/faculty ratio is 10:1 and the average class size is 17.

The first International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme candidates graduated in June 2012.

Class Rank

The Academy of the Holy Cross does not rank but does provide a GPA distribution for our current senior class; please download our complete school profile for specific information.


Grading Scale

AP and IB Testing

ADVANCED PLACEMENT: From 2013-2015, AHC students took 890 AP exams. 68% of the students earned a score of 3 or above.

INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE: Since 2012, 36 of our 41 IB Diploma candidates have successfully received their IB Diplomas. Our current senior class consists of 34 IB Diploma candidates. In the May 2015 exam session, we had 96 students take exams in 180 total IB subjects (not including EE, ToK, or CAS). 67% of exams resulted in a scores of 4 or higher.

Graduation Requirements

A minimum of 24 credits is required in the following areas:
English (4 credits)
Health and Physical Education (1½ credits)
History and Social Science (3 credits)
Math (4 credits)
Science (3 credits, includes Biology and Physics or Chemistry; all science courses have a lab component)
Theology (4 credits)
Languages (3 credits; includes 2 credits in the same language)
Performing Arts (½ credit)
Visual Arts (½ credit)
Technology (½ credit)

All students must also complete Senior Project as part of their graduation requirements.

Course Offerings 2016-2017

The Academy of the Holy Cross offers on-level, Honors-level, Advanced Placement-level, and International Baccalaureate-level courses. For a full list of offerings, please visit our Program of Studies.

Additional information regarding our International Baccalaureate Programme here.

Signature Programs

Holy Cross was authorized by the International Baccalaureate Organization in November 2009; our first Diploma Programme candidates graduated in June 2012. Holy Cross is the only All Girls Catholic IB High School in VA, MD or DC. The Academy launched a 1:1 iPad Program in 2013. All students make a commitment to Christian Service in conjunction with the Theology department. Students may also become Madeleva Scholars by pursuing additional Christian Service hours, leadership and advanced-level work in the classroom. All seniors must participate in a 60-hour internship, Senior Project, during the month of May. For the Class of 2013, Senior Project placements included: Folger Shakespeare Library, the Smithsonian National Zoo, the National Institutes of Health Pediatric Clinic, Special Olympics International, the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art and Georgetown University Hospital, among others.


State of Maryland
Middle States Association of Secondary Schools and Colleges
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme


National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC)
Online School for Girls
College Board
Independent Education
National Catholic Education Association (NCEA)


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4920 Strathmore Avenue, Kensington, MD 20895  (301) 942-2100  
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