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Holy Cross is a coeducational day school serving the Montgomery, Alabama area community. Governed by a Board of Trustees, the school offers classes from Pre-Kindergarten through sixth grade and prepares students for entry into college preparatory programs in both private and magnet middle schools. Children of all religious and ethnic backgrounds are welcomed and valued for the diversity they bring.
Holy Cross unites the life of faith and the life of reason within the broad tradition of the Episcopal Church. We offer experiences to strengthen children’s faith and values so they may become stronger members of their families’ church affiliations, whatever these may be. Chapel services are held daily with additional classroom encouragement of Christian values. Opportunities for individual growth are provided through age-appropriate outreach projects.
Holy Cross offers a stimulating liberal arts program in a caring, Christian community. Our goal is to challenge and nurture each child. To help facilitate this goal, a variety of teaching methods are used coupled with attention to the heart. With spiritual nurturing, rigorous academics, and a strong commitment to the arts, our program is designed to instill confidence, self-discipline, responsibility, intellectual curiosity, and sensitivity to others.
The lower grades focus on developing a solid foundation in basic skills while integrating enriching and stimulating experiences in art, music, computer, foreign language, and community service into the curriculum. A hands-on approach with a wide variety of learning activities is used to ensure mastery of skills and to foster a love of learning.
Building on this strong foundation, the upper grades delve deeper into content areas. Through the development of critical thinking and problem solving strategies, students begin to apply and expand their knowledge and skills. Holy Cross’ educational program is designed to further develop effective writing, critical reading, logical reasoning, analytical thinking, personal responsibility, and civic mindedness. Enrichment education continues in visual arts, foreign language, library, performing arts, music, STEM lab and computer instruction.
The faculty is the heart of the school. Experienced teachers, whose excellence in teaching is surpassed only by their genuine love of children, make Holy Cross a place where children grow and thrive. Our teachers have an average of more than 25 years of teaching experience. Many have master’s degrees or have done extensive graduate work.
Our faculty regards teaching as an exciting, stimulating, and rewarding ministry. They are committed to the education of the whole child and to providing individual attention to each student.
Church and Professional Affiliations
Holy Cross is accredited by AdvancED (the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)) and the Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS). The school is a member of the National Association of Episcopal Schools (NAES) and the Alabama Indepedent School Association (AISA).
The boy’s uniform consists of khaki pants or shorts and white or navy shirts. The girl’s uniform is a plaid jumper, skort or culottes with a white blouse. Ordering information and details on the school uniform are available in the school office.
Students may bring their lunch each day or may order a lunch that is delivered by local restaurants.
Holy Cross seeks to enroll students of varied talents, interests, academic strengths and cultural heritages, who by virtue of their character, will contribute to the spirit of the school. While striving for diversity in a variety of areas, Holy Cross can best serve students who are average, above average, or gifted in their academic ability. Students are accepted for admission after careful consideration of the child’s potential to be a productive and cooperative member of the school community.
Holy Cross is committed to making its program accessible to a diverse socioeconomic population. Financial assistance is awarded to qualified students on the basis of need and availability of funds.
The financial aid process is handled in confidence, with the Scholarship Committee making financial aid decisions. Financial aid information and applications are available by marking the appropriate space on the admissions application or by contacting the school office (334-395-8222, HCES@holycrossmontgomery.org).
Early Morning Drop Off
Early arrival is available from 7:00 a.m. – 7:30 a.m. At 7:30 a.m. early room ends and students begin the regular morning room routine.
Extended Day/After School Care
Our after school program offers a variety of childcare options as a service for our families. Pre-kindergarten students may stay for lunch bunch from noon until 1:00 p.m. or for extended day, which lasts until 5:30 p.m. Extended day includes lunch time, story time, supervised outdoor and indoor play, naptime, snack, crafts, activities, and lots of love and attention. Extened day activities allow students to further their understanding of classroom material. Teachers communicate well with Extended Day staff to help the after-school activities enhance knowledge in areas such as reading, math and Spanish. Extended Day keeps students learning while having fun.
Kindergarten through sixth graders may use the after school program which also lasts until 5:30 P.M. Kindergartners and first graders join their friends in Extended Day. Second through sixth graders have snack time and homework time, as well as supervised activities and crafts, both outdoors and indoors. The Extended Day staff supervises older students’ homework and gives study skills aid when needed. Students take practice spelling tests, work with puzzles to help math skills, and use the library resources for research. Older students will work as tutors for younger students when needed. These older students love to help their younger buddies in Extended Day. Extended Day is a wonderful time for students to complete homework before heading home for the evening. You may register for any of these programs on a monthly or daily/drop-in basis.
We currently offer dance, art and taekwondo after school and piano. violin, and guitar lessons as extracurricular activities. Fall and spring soccer are available for all students through our association with the American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) and winter basketball is played with the CYO league. As is customary in the other area elementary schools, basketball is available through the YMCA and Upward Bound; t-ball, softball and baseball are offered through the YMCA, Dixie Youth, AUM and Montgomery Gray; and football is available through the YMCA.
We are accredited by AdvancED (formerly known as SACS) and the Southern Association of Independent Schools. We are proud members of the National Association of Episcopal Schools and the Alabama Independent School Association.