Holy Child’s mission is to provide an intellectually challenging and creative program of study that fosters academic excellence. Our goal is to create a learning climate based on trust and reverence for the dignity of each person. We believe in building strong female leaders of the future through: critical thinking, creativity and communication.

Holy Child is innovating the classroom. We want to empower and educate young women for the 21st century and beyond. Our new classrooms provide spaces for project work, group presentations, and substantive collaboration, with the flexibility for individual study and research as well.

The physical environment for learning must meet the challenge of becoming more flexible to accommodate a wider variety of student, teacher and technology interactions and activities.

Physical Attributes of the 21st Century Classroom

  • Mobility: tables and chairs that can easily be adapted for collaborative and individual learning

  • Writable wall space

  • Easier access to multimedia tools

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More Innovation

Building Robotic Arms

Groups of students worked together to build the Hydraulic Robotic Arm, nicknamed “HRA.” The girls demonstrate the functioning of the arm in the video below. “I really enjoy building something in a group because you can solve a problem better with more people’s ideas,” says seventh grade student Jules Kucik.

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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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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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Matching Gifts

Many employers sponsor matching gift programs and will match charitable contributions made by their employees. To find out if your company (or your spouse’s company) has a matching gift policy, please enter the employer’s name below.

If the company matches, you may be able to access the form directly through the search. Follow the set procedure, and Holy Child will be happy to assist you and answer your questions. The impact of your gift may be doubled or possibly tripled!

Some companies also match gifts made by retirees and/or spouses.


Your contribution ensures Cornelia Connelly’s legacy of educating and cultivating young women to live out Actions not Words.


Laura Volovski
Chief Advancement Officer
301-365-0955 x2123

Suzi Montes de Oca
Director of Development
301.365.0955 x2122

Claire Drummond
Office Systems Manager
301.365.0955 x2208