This school has many good qualities. Facilities are amazing, technology is excellent and for the most part the teachers are caring. However, there are a lot of issues. No matter how much technology they use, the school is not making the curriculum very interesting or engaging to its students. Administration does not welcome parental involvement even at the Pre K level. We parents wonder what they are hiding. Lower grades do not take music, they take "creative arts" and for $14,000 a year, we expected a real music and art class. These changes are not discussed with parents, because the school's attitude is that they know better and we are supposed to write them a check and keep our mouths shut. The school is undergoing a huge transformation over the next few years so in order to finance that, they pack kids into classes of 22 and put pressure on parents every year to give more during their annual fund. Before you send your child here, ask how many different math programs they have gone thru in the last five years, why each year parents are worried about which teacher their child is going to get because we all know that one is much better than the other (in elementary school). Sub par curriculum also means that boys heading to Jesuit are taking summer remedial classes. Communication from the school is good, but depending on the teacher you may know what is going on and you may have no idea. Don't be fooled by all the exterior beauty, behind closed doors there are a lot of unhappy parents wondering where else they can go.
The classes are not very challenging or interesting. They are unnecessarily strict with their rules. There are a lot of students who cause trouble in class. I get less homework than I did in elementary school. This is not a school that I want to go back to.
Great facilities, strong academics and my kids love it! After touring several private schools we decided on Holy Names, even though we are not Catholic and we couldn't be more pleased with how happy and challenged my kids are. My only complaint is that it does not have an open door policy for parents, we are kept a bit on the outside, though there are several activities throughout the year that give us some access, but I do wish there was more. All in all, this is great school!
The facilities are top-notch. The environment is safe and nuturing, with teachers that truly care about each individual student. The academics are appropriately challenging. The athletic department is amazing, with a swimming pool, tennis courts, track, indoor basketball/volleyball courts, and weight training facility. There are numerous extra-curricular activities. Communication with teachers and administration has been excellent for the four years I have had my 2 children at Academy of the Holy Names. 30% of the students are non-Catholic, acceptance is based on academic testing. AHN provides a first-class education.
I previously wrote a review of AHN that was critical of the Administration. After looking at other options we decided to give the school one more year to change our minds. We are so glad we did! It is now 2 years since I wrote the review and the elementary school has completely turned around under the leadership of the current principle. We have 3 kids at AHN and HIGHLY recommend the scchool.
The academy of the holy names is a great environment for learning. the teachers are nice, and the kids there are great i have only gone there for a year and a half but the academy really is a great place to learn. also if you are worried about the highschool portion of the school being all girls its not that bad Jesuit,an all boys school, and the academy have many activities together. although the tuition is pretty expensive it is worth it. a kid graduating for the academy has more of a chance of getting in to a better college. also 100% of girls that graduate senior year all go to extremly good colleges.
All and all this is a good schoo. This school needs to find a steady elementary school principal. The continuous change is not good for the student body and the school itself. This school is above average in almost everything. The need for standards academically and behaviorally need to be raised maintained.
AHN is an excellent place for a child to learn. My children have thrived here. I'm not sure in strict a 'cost versus returns' analysis that the high tuition is really is worth it, but if that is not a concern, it is an excellent school.