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.