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Connelly School of the Holy Child is a Catholic, college preparatory school, committed to the intellectual, spiritual, artistic, physical and social development of young women in grades 6 through 12. The school emphasizes academic challenge, joy of learning and education of well-rounded women of faith and action. The Holy Child community welcomes students and families of different faiths and diverse backgrounds. In keeping with the philosophy of our founder Cornelia Connelly, Holy Child values the uniqueness of each individual and fosters a life of service to others.

Profile of a Graduate

Academic and Intellectual Abilities
  • Applies critical thinking to analyze and evaluate information in order to make logical judgments and decisions
  • Communicates effectively
  • Uses intellectual skills and knowledge to adapt to changing environments and responds flexibly to life’s challenges
  • Commits herself to lifelong learning
Spiritual and Ethical Character
  • Acts with integrity based on faith and ethical principles
  • Displays compassion and respect toward others
  • Accepts responsibility for herself and her actions and understands the consequences of her choices
  • Recognizes and responds to the need for God in daily life
  • Balances the mental, physical and spiritual components of life
Social and Environmental Responsibilities
  • Acts with compassion
  • Possesses a lifelong commitment to serve her community and the environment
  • Takes leadership and contributes to our diverse global society
  • Applies effective interpersonal skills when working with people of diverse backgrounds
  • Leads by example and shares knowledge and resources


Holy Child is accredited with the Association of Independent Maryland Schools, Middle States Association Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools, and the Holy Child Network of Schools.
We are members of the following organizations:
  • American Association of Teachers of French
  • American School Counselor Association
  • Association of College Counseling Independent Schools
  • Association of Independent Schools of Greater Washington
  • Association of Independent Maryland Schools
  • Black Student Fund
  • College Board
  • Common Sense Media
  • Council for the Advancement in Support of Education
  • Educational Theatre Association
  • Independent School League
  • Latino Student Fund
  • Maryland State Athletic Directors Association
  • Middle States Association
  • National Association of Independent Schools
  • National Association for College Admission Counseling
  • National Art Education Association
  • National Association of Business Officers
  • National Catholic Education Association
  • National Coalition of Girls Schools
  • National Council of Teachers of English
  • National Council of Teachers of Math
  • National Council of Teachers of Science
  • Rubicon West LLC
  • Potomac and Chesapeake Association for College Admission Counseling