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Kensington, MD
Students enrolled: 550

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4920 Strathmore Avenue
Kensington, MD 20895

(301) 942-2100
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May 27, 2015
The president and principal are ruining the school, treating girls like toddlers one minute and prisoners of war the next. It is a very cliquey school with a lot of mean spirited interaction.

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Develops grit: Neutral
May 27, 2015
I think girls who have it keep it, but I don't think the school teaches this.

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Amount of homework: Don't know
May 27, 2015
Some years like sophomore year I was buried. Junior year was a joke. I learned almost nothing because I got no homework junior year.

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Develops respect: Strongly disagree
May 27, 2015
I don't think it develops respect. It is supposed to be preparing girls for their future but the program is stuck in the 1970s.

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Teacher effectiveness: Somewhat effective
May 27, 2015
Many of the teachers have advanced degrees but they are inexperienced and are either bad teachers or leave after one year. The others seem burnt out or bored.

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Develops empathy: Disagree
May 27, 2015
They talk about these things but the vibe in the school is one of ruthless envy.

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May 19, 2015
This is a terrible school with declining enrollment. The administration are petty and incompetent. For every decent teacher there are 3 who can't/won't teach. The faculty turnover is unbelievable. They claim they are preparing young women for their futures, but they fail to provide even minor guidance. Girls are targeted by the administration and by fellow students for harassment. Punishment is doled out by the administration in uneven and extremely harsh ways. That is, of course, unless you are writing checks for the never ending Holy Cross begathon. The atmosphere there is extremely unhealthy and a large portion of the girls are miserable. The sports teams are a shadow of what the once were. The school is kept at subzero temperatures in winter and sweltering in the warmer weather because the President is trying to save money. Tuition increases $1-3K per year. We wanted to take our daughter out in sophomore year, but stupidly allowed her to remain. A damaged self-esteem, terrible experience and poor education is all we got for $80k+.

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February 04, 2015
Challenging academics and rigorous courses, warm and caring administration, strong athletics and creative arts. A great school.

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March 12, 2014
A great environment - wonderful blend of academics, athletics, arts and leadership opportunities. Girls are open and respectful of each other and have a great bond. Teachers and faculty genuinely care for students and go out of their way to help them succeed. College counseling program is the envy of other schools in the area.

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January 06, 2013
Academy of the Holy Cross is not that great of a school. The teachers teach the lessons too fast and expect students to ace the test and quizzes. The girls there are also very catty and rude. Not a great school.

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October 17, 2011
This is an outstanding school that is among the best in Montgomery County, Maryland. It prepares young women for the rtgors of college academics and produces young ladies who are prepared to serve in leadeship roles. Well grounded in superior academics, sports and performing arts, students of the academy are women of courage, compassion and scholarship.

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July 13, 2011
Fostered growth, independence and spirituality. The teachers were highly skilled in their profession and passionate about their students. The school's setting was comfortable like one giant family. It was a pivotal period of time in my life that I will never foret.

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February 08, 2011
Holy Cross had to be the best thing that has ever happened to me thus far. I could not have asked for a greater group of friends to go through high school with and I know I can rely on any of them at any moment. My whole class has such a strong bond. As mentioned in another post, the academics are underestimated but I completely disagree. At my first year in college, I have done so well in all of my classes. The english department has prepared me to the fullest and my resume is awesome for high school because of all the community service. I would recommend Holy Cross to any parent that asked!

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January 12, 2011
I loved my time at Holy Cross! The girls are very friendly and welcoming to all people. AHC has a strong theater, art, and writing program. AHC definitely needs to work on it's science program. I'm currently a sophomore in college, and I can certainly say Holy Cross put me at a disadvantage by not offering the proper laboratories and course material that my other classmates have. With that being said, my 4 years at AHC were the best years my life (so far)!

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April 24, 2009
Coming to Holy Cross was the best thing that ever happened to me. I transferred in my junior year, and the girls were very friendly. I was given a rigorous course load and learned a lot. Many of my friends applied to and got in to Ivy League schools. I wouldn't dream of sending my children anywhere else.

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January 21, 2009
This is a wonderful school...And in regards to the comment about this school being average in comparison to Stone Ridge, I completely disagree! In my opinion Stone Ridge cannot compare to AHC...Stone Ridge is stuffy...shows disparity towards students..and favors students whose families contribute large financial contributions...If you want your daughter to attend a school that is academically sound...select this school.

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June 09, 2008
I graduated very recently from AHC and I can honestly say that my four years there were the greatest experience of my life. A lot of people underestimate the academics there but these people truly are wrong. Holy Cross offers wonderful classes but also allows the students to flourish in other areas such as community service, the arts, and sports. I am much more well-rounded than many of the students I encounter at the Ivy league school I attend now. Holy Cross is an experience that I wouldn't trade for the world and I plan on sending my daughters there when I am older.

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May 21, 2008
All around great school. Academically and Athelically they have an excellent profram. The staff at AHC are loving caring. They really want their students to succeed.

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June 04, 2007
wonderful academics!!! My child graduated this year and i have another going in as a freshman.

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October 12, 2006
Holy Cross is a very average Catholic Girls school defintely a distant third to Stone Ridge and Visitation as far as being academically rigorous. Does not really cater to the extremely bright students. Passage to college requires quite an adjustment due to mediocre academics. Some major holes in the religion program. You would expect more from a school that has been around as long as Holy Cross. For the real scoop talk to students who started at Holy Cross but left mid way through. This is where you will get a more realistic picture of whether it is the school for you.

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August 28, 2004
I have attended the Academy of the Holy Cross for two years now. It is an okay school, although it takes a lot of adjusting to. If you like an all-girls, religious school, that focuses mostly on religion then this might be the school for you. Otherwise I believe that the amount of religion courses that you take there could be summed down, so that other courses could be taken. You are given only one choice for a course outside of math, religion, science, english, language, and history each semester. I don't believe that this school is worth it to many people.

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August 04, 2004
I graduated from Holy Cross in 1991, and I can honestly say it was one of the best experiences of my life. I made a lot of good friends and still keep in touch with several of them. I went on to earn my BS in Art Education from Frostburg State University. The art training I received at HC helped me gain the confidence I needed to go on become an art teacher. The teachers and staff at HC were so caring. They really want(ed) their students to succeed. I will remember my time at Hc for the rest of my life.

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August 25, 2003
I graduated from Holy Cross in 1989, went on to Marquette University and Johns Hopkins University for graduate school. The training I received at Holy Cross was excellent preparation. Now I am a college instructor and I am grateful for all that I learned at Holy Cross.

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Academy Of The Holy Cross
4920 Strathmore Avenue, Kensington, MD  20895
(301) 942-2100
Last modified Academy Of The Holy Cross is a Private school that serves grades 9-12
Academy Of The Holy Cross Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 25 reviews. Top