I had two daughters graduate from AHC. It was one of the best investments for education we spent our monies for. My oldest daughter transferred in and was accepted with open arms. The girls took to her and she loved the school. I wish she started at AHC as a freshman like our youngest daughter. Now youngest daughter took close to a year to get used to attending an all-girls schools. However, from her sophomore year she could not get enough of the school. She started off slow academically and then ended up being recognized in honors for two classes.
AHC is stresses writing and it is paying off in college for my daughters. Furthermore, thanks to Ms. Donna the legendary dance teacher and the strong Performing Arts programs; my daughters are doing shows and performances in college.
I do have to admit there have been changes to some of the LOTA's traditions, and some of their sports programs have struggled during my daughters junior and senior. When we started coming in 2010, Basketball, Field Hockey and Lacrosse were either national ranked and/or ranked in the DMV. Now Volleyball and Lacrosse are the dominate sports programs. BTW, there are still roughly 8-10 LOTA’s playing D1 basketball and volleyball.
Holy Cross needs to bring administrators' and coaches who understand LOTA's traditions and understand the culture. You can have both academics and athletics performed at a high level; GV does it!
But overall, our family believes this is a very good school and would recommend to potential parents to at least entertaining and recognized that though the school is small it delivers big outcomes for preparing for the future.
One of my 5 daughters attended Holy Cross. She received an excellent education that prepared her well for college. She is working now as a nurse. Great young woman, who has stayed close with many of her friends from Holy Cross, stayed active in her Catholic faith.
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+.
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.
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.
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.