Actions Not Words.



Announcing Graduation Speaker Second Lady Jill Biden

Second Lady of the United States Jill Biden will be the commencement speaker at Connelly School of the Holy Child in Potomac, MD, on June 3, 2016.

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Blast Off!

On Saturday, April 30, engineer Sean Tully, of Orbital ATK, showed a group of Holy Child students, plus some others from area middle schools, how NASA launches rockets to send supplies to the International Space Station.

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Celebrating Sheila Wooters

What a legacy! Sheila Wooters has served as Athletic Director at Holy Child for a total of 33 years. We asked Sheila to answer a few questions about her noteworthy time and leadership. Also, submit your reflections and encouraging words. You can even submit photos from the past.

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Positively True

A very wise career woman Taylor Swift once said, “you’re always going to know more in the future than you know now,” and I couldn’t agree more. Once upon a time, I was sitting right where you are now wearing the same uniform, probably having some of the same thoughts. But, I’m older now. And I know more things. And I want to share those things with you.

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Engineering in Action

Students in Ms. Craig’s sixth grade worked in teams to build trebuchets and used them to fling projectiles like those in the manner of medieval machines. They focused on height, velocity, and distance. Using their models, students could change and test different variables such as projectile (clay) mass, string length, or the counterweight.

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Class of 2016 Flashback

In preparation for the end of the year and the Class of 2016 moving on to so many great colleges around the country, we wanted to pay tribute in looking back. Enjoy.

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Easter Break Trips

During Easter break, students went to Italy and to the Appalachia area of West Virginia, they went to the Northeast and onto college campuses and down the street to serve at the Washington School for Girls.

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Creating Icons

Religion Teacher Lauren Walter and Art Teacher Sonya Payne teamed up together to explore the art and theology of painting icons. It was as much about their shared likes as it was a exploration of a future project for students that brought them together to learn well at a recent workshop presented by the Center for Byzantine Material Arts in Northeast Washington, DC.

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It’s Possible! Cinderella Breaks 1000

It’s a tradition. Each winter, more than 60 Upper School students, along with a few boys from area schools such as The Heights, Gonzaga, Churchill, and Georgetown Prep, collaborate for the Holy Child Winter Musical. In recent years, successes have included Beauty and the Beast, Fame, and CATS. This year Cinderella brought down the house!

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National Honors 2016

Congratulations to all of our new members of the Cornelian chapter of the National Honor Society who were inducted during a beautiful ceremony in the Chapel this February.

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Middle School

Middle School is a formative time where you gain confidence about yourself – as a student, friend, citizen and daughter. At Holy Child, we realize the importance of academics in relation to the more complete picture of who you are as a young woman.

We provide a place of responsibility and trust, rigor and joy, support and sisterhood.

Starting in sixth grade, each student has her own Surface. That means you will stay even better organized, submit assignments online, and ask your teachers questions anytime. You’ll also learn how to do the best research, which means you’re gaining skills for today that will also help in high school and college.

Upper School

Upper School brings challenge and accomplishment as you uncover your core strengths whether its science, math, writing, language or the arts. It's probably a combination. Grades 9-12 is also a time to figure out what challenges you too. And, as you know already, it's not always the easiest time emotionally or socially.  

Our teachers and class preparation is rigorous. We have graduates go to top colleges and excel because of their preparation here, but rigor is only the beginning. You can't stop there and that can't be all high school is about. We know that it's so much more, including the joy of learning and being in a caring community.


50% of the class of 2015 received college merit scholarships!


Meet Dr. Shannon Gomez

Dr. Gomez is Head of School at Holy Child. She has experience in Catholic education at the elementary, secondary and college levels. Before coming to Holy Child in 2014, she was principal at La Reina High School in Thousand Oaks, Calif., a 600-student, all-girls’ school.

She holds a master’s in education from California State University, Fullerton, and an Ed.D. in educational leadership for social justice from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. In her doctoral work, she concentrated on leadership and the future of Catholic schools.

Be then like the Holy Child Jesus in your thoughts, in your words, and in your actions.


Cornelia Connelly

A Catholic, independent, college preparatory school for young women grades 6 through 12.