Welcome to a place where students lead with heart, win with grace,
and girls become their best selves.
You have arrived at a very special place, Connelly School of the Holy Child. We are a Catholic, independent, college preparatory school for young women grades 6 through 12, in Potomac, Maryland.
Founded in 1961 by the Society of the Holy Child Jesus, the School is a member of the Holy Child Network of Schools in the United States, and a part of the larger community of Holy Child schools. (Read more about the Society and the network here.)
A Tried and True Philosophy
Holy Child remains true to the vision of Cornelia Connelly, a 19th-century educator whose ideas even today are advanced in individualized compassionate education. (Read more about this amazing woman here.) Her goal, even back then, was to educate young women for future leadership and professional positions with an emphasis on teaching to the individual student with care and support. Love of learning, lifelong commitment to service, strong sense of self, joyful spirit and respect for the inherent worth of every human being are core values of the school and are lived out daily on campus. She taught us to use her principles of leading with love, trust, and support, and use her motto, Actions Not Words.
Our educators guide students "to grow strong in faith and live fully human lives," encourage academic excellence, and promote social responsibility. Within this caring environment and with attention to the dignity of each young woman as a whole human being, the student will take responsibility for herself, her education, and her life.
The House on Bradley
Started in a white farmhouse in the picturesque DC suburb of Potomac, Maryland, the campus currently occupies approximately ten acres in two buildings. The Main Building serves the Upper School program with 20 classrooms, a locker room, a Writing Center and a Math Center; a gymnasium with an elevated stage, cafeteria/kitchen, counseling center, and Tiger Shop school store serves the entire student body. Yearly enhancements continue to bring the building forward; Billingsley Hall, a large meeting space, a theater “Green Room,” complete with makeup tables, and chapel were all added within recent years. In 2002, the school underwent a significant enhancement with the addition of Connelly Hall. This 30,000-square foot building houses the Middle School program, with 14 classrooms and a Middle School locker room; the computer lab and classroom, MacLab, music room, and the McShain Library serve the school population at large. All the students also have access to the dance studio, the academic support center, and fully-equipped fitness center. A state-of-the-art artificial turf field and stadium, was added in 2009 where our girls play lacrosse, soccer, field hockey, and softball; that and the front field provide additional outside space for our teachers, PE and others, to get the students outdoors and learning in a different environment.
All of our spaces are designed to provide students with a bright space and all the tools they need to learn, explore, and succeed.
The campus, easily accessible just off of the 495 Beltway, with its own Metro bus stop, draws more than 300 students in grades 6 through 12 from all over the DC metro area, from Fairfax to Darnestown, DC to Maryland.
Our Book of Studies details all of our courses and the requirements for graduation; see all of that and more, including our educational approach and progression from Middle School to Upper School, in our Academics section.
We participate in a local consortium of schools and the Online School for Girls to offer courses complementary to our curriculum, further advancing our commitment to a personalized program for each student.
Holy Child is accredited by: the Middle States Association of Colleges, Secondary Schools and the Maryland Department of Education, Independent Education, Association of Independent Maryland Schools, Black Student and Head National Catholic Educator Association. As a member of the National Association for College Admission Counseling, the Potomac and Chesapeake Association for College Admission Counseling, and the College Board, the School is committed to the ethical principles of good practice that the associations require of their members.