In addition to holding a leadership post in one of our many clubs or athletic teams, students may be elected to lead as a member of Student Government, or chosen to be part of our Student Ambassador Leader Program. There are numerous other opportunities within classroom settings and schoolwide events to hone your skills as a leader. Our National Honor Society members take on a myriad of important roles, from tutoring to running charity fundraisers and our annual blood drive. Our Student Government collaborates to host grade breakfast, school wide holiday celebrations, SGA fundraising events, Open House, and more.

Upper School Student Government

Upper School Student Government is made up of the Student Body President and Vice President, four Class Presidents (9th- 12th grade), and eight Class Representatives (two per grade for 9th - 12th). The student body elects the school’s President and Vice President, while each grade elects their respective class’s President & Representatives. Members of Student Government are expected to be model citizens of the community by upholding the school’s Honor Code, attend and support school events, maintain an open communication between peers and faculty, and encourage the spirit of school unity. Over the summer, all members of upper school SGA are expected to attend a two-day workshop called Leadership Lab, where students engage in team building activities, learn about themselves as leaders, and begin planning for the school year. Upper school SGA members are also tasked with hosting events and fundraising opportunities on campus including Blue/Gold Game Day, Holly Ball, Halloween Candy Grams, SGA Breakfasts, and more.

Middle School Student Government

The Middle School Student Government is elected in the fall and provides leadership for the middle school. Members of the Student Government are trained in leadership skills including how to establish agendas, run meetings, public speaking, and interact in an exemplary manner with their peers and faculty members. The middle school SGA helps to organize middle school tag days, Teacher Appreciation Day, fundraisers, social events, and other fun activities throughout the school year. The middle school SGA is made up of a Student Body President (8th grade), Student Body Vice President (7th grade), Student Body Secretary (6th grade), Student Body Treasurer (6th, 7th, or 8th grade), Blue and Gold Team Captains (both 8th grade and appointed by the faculty), and a representative from each middle school homeroom.

The National Honor Society

The Cornelian branch of the National Honor Society inducts students for membership based on nominations and vote by committee. These students must maintain a 3.5 GPA and excel in all four pillars of the society: character, service, leadership, and scholarship. The National Honor Society members provide peer-to-peer academic tutoring, run an annual blood drive, support school fundraisers and charity events, and partake in quarterly service projects around the DC area.

Freshmen Hostess and Student Ambassador Leader Programs

The Holy Child Freshmen Hostess and Student Ambassador Leader (SAL) Programs are opportunities for leadership as representatives for our school. Students must apply to be selected for the SAL Program, and go through training sessions to learn the best practices for being an official student representatives of Holy Child.

As freshmen, our students have the opportunity to serve as hostesses for shadow visitors, and SALs apply and are selected from 10th, 11th, and 12th grades to assist in the recruitment of future students to represent Holy Child at various function in the school and community.

As the representatives of Holy Child, Hostesses and SALs reflect the best of the school by upholding our values and school mission at all times.


Find out the traditions that define us as a student body and help instill the sisterhood that we enjoy now and well into the future.

Clubs and Organizations

Over the years, our groups have included everything from Best Buddies to the newly founded Club USA.

Leadership in Action

Lead through many clubs, on an athletic team, as a member of Student Council, or as part of our Host/Ambassador Program.

Spiritual Life

Creative prayer and lively worship are central to our life as a community. “Singing is praying twice,” epitomizes how we approach our life of faith at Holy Child.


Service is a way of life, part of the tapestry of the rich experience here. Our students routinely reach out to the wider community to help make a difference.


As an all girls’ school, we know intimately that the emotional, the spiritual, and the academic are all intertwined in the success of any student.

Student Life Staff

Jackie McCarthy
Dean of Students
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Kelly Lechner Perraut
Director of Student Activities & Operations
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Alice Mercer
11th and 12th Grade Counselor
Interim Director of Counseling
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Sarah Kelleher
9th and 10th Grade Counselor
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Cece Garner '15
Middle School Counselor
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Jennie Claiborne
Head of Diversity
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Catherine Albornoz '98
Head of Mission
Campus Minister
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Ogechi Akalegbere
Christian Service Coordinator
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