The girls here are driven and hard workers. Many are natural born leaders, but I have also seen girls develop their leadership abilities through the programs offered such as Teen Leadership Council, Golden Girls, Student Council, Social Justice club, mission trips, sports, and many others.
I expected mean girls when I first came to Academy of the Holy Names, but was pleasantly surprised to find everyone really accepting and kind. Even the high schoolers in the grade above me are friendly and always willing to help if I have questions.
The academics are definitely rigorous and require a lot of hard work and time. All of the students are focused and want to do their best. I do feel as though the classes will prepare me to be successful in college.
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.