Academics at Holy Child


Our founder, Cornelia Connelly, instructed her teachers back in 1863 to “lead by love rather than fear.”  We learn this and many other tenets from Cornelia’s own “Book of Studies” — in short, her legacy is alive and well in the classrooms of Holy Child today. The faculty at Holy Child is committed to helping each student realize her greatest academic and personal potential.  

Middle School 

Curriculum in the middle school focuses on building creative and critical thinking skills necessary to prepare them for the rigor of the upper school. Crafting an essay, conducting an experiment, working cooperatively and productively in a group, as well as developing a sense of fair play are all essential elements of the middle school program.   

Upper School 

In the upper school, rigorous college preparatory classes are stimulating, challenging, and exciting. A day in the upper school can include discussing the symbolism in The Scarlet Letter in an AP Literature class, riding scooters in the driveway to explore the physics of motion, using an interactive whiteboard to graph equations, presenting a plan to alleviate hunger in religion class, and learning a new hip-hop move in the dance elective. 

Every student is encouraged to explore the curriculum and develop her interests. Teaching styles create a warm environment where student group work is commonplace, and participation is expected. Our students leave Holy Child prepared to tackle the social, ethical, and technological challenges that await them in their professional lives. 

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Cornelia Connelly Quotes on Academics

“… we sometimes forget that in training and teaching children it is absolutely necessary to walk step by step, to teach line by line, to practise virtue little by little, in act after act, and only by such acts of virtue as are suited to the age and stage of moral and intellectual development of those we are guiding.”

"Let all who belong to the Schools of the Society of the Holy Child Jesus, understand that it is of primary importance that they be imbued with piety and other virtues as much as with liberal knowledge."

“The explanation should be given in a clear, concise manner, and it should be made as amusing and interesting as possible.”