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.
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.
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!
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)!
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.
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.