At Holy Cross Academy, we are guided by the spirit of Saint Francis de Sales as we dedicate ourselves to:
Create an atmosphere of prayer and reliance on our heavenly Father;
Spread the message of Jesus in our families and our community by treating all persons with respect and showing reverence for the gift of God in each one;
Build up our Spirit-filled faith community within Saint Mary of the Immaculate Conception Parish;
Serve the needy in our local community and in the Missions through an awareness of our global responsibility to all humanity;
Develop the whole child: spiritually, emotionally, academically and physically;
Promote academic excellence by challenging all our students to recognize their gifts and fulfill their God-given potential.
Holy Cross Academy is a Catholic elementary school in the Diocese of Arlington, which serves the educational needs of children of varying intellectual abilities within the parish of Saint Mary from preschool through the eighth grade. It is under the direction of Dr. Stephen Fry and Fr. Mosimann and is staffed by a faculty of lay teachers who “create for the school community an atmosphere enlivened by the Gospel spirit of freedom and charity” in which each child grows and learns in a climate of mutual respect, charity, gentleness and integrity, according to the spirit of St. Francis de Sales.
Our school serves the educational needs of children of varying intellectual abilities within the parish of Saint Mary from preschool to eighth grade.
Our team includes 21 classroom teachers, 10 instructional assistants, 7 specials teachers, 3 resource team members, 2 school counselors, 8 administrative staff members, 5 kitchen team members, 3 Aviat Care team members, and 2 school nurses.
Our parish theme for the 2021-2022 year:
We are accredited by the Virginia Catholic Education Association, have a state licensed preschool program, are a National Blue Ribbon recipient, and a Virginia Distinguished Purple Star School.
Our Day to Day
We look forward to your visit! Until then, click on our social media links below to see what is happening at HCA!
DR. FRY'S WELCOME
Thank you for visiting Holy Cross Academy’s website. For many families, connecting with our website is their first step towards joining the HCA family. You will find that Holy Cross Academy prepares our graduates to be young men and women of character armed with the academic preparation and strong faith formation ready for success in high school and beyond (I am the proud parent of a Holy Cross Academy graduate). HCA grads go on to attend a variety of Catholic, public, and private high schools throughout the Fredericksburg area. I pray that our website urges you to take the next step by visiting campus to see firsthand what makes Holy Cross Academy such a special environment.
I am happy to report that HCA weathered the many challenges that COVID threw at us and we are leaving the pandemic in stronger shape than when we entered it. We anticipate our enrollment being at or above 420 students in the 2022 – 2023 school year, our highest in five years. Holy Cross Academy enrolls two classes per grade in kindergarten through 8th grade. We have three grades that are currently at capacity with waiting lists forming for families hoping to join our school community. Holy Cross Academy Preschool enrolls three and four year old students at our facility immediately next to St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Church.
I am proud of the steady growth of technology use on campus during my three years at Holy Cross Academy. Our teachers have grown more comfortable with their Active Panel in their classroom that they use interactively with their students. We have purchased additional curricular resources that have online components and allow for home and school access for resources. We added Go Guardian software to faculty computers that help them teach their students to make good choices with technology. We also completed our third year of our one-to-one Chromebook program in middle school, which has shown growth each year.
The halls of Holy Cross Academy will be alive in the coming year with the sound of music. Mrs. Maryrosa Ramos-Burgos is relocating to our area from California to lead our performing arts program. Mrs. Ramos-Burgos has nearly twenty years of experience leading music and drama programs in elementary schools. We cannot wait to see the influence she has on our school and how she will get our students excited about music and drama.
While our students relax and energize for the upcoming school year, our campus is undergoing many upgrades. After a successful fundraiser this winter, we have installed bleachers with capacity for nearly 200 students in Immaculate Conception Hall. We will be replacing the maroon carpet on the altar/stage of Immaculate Conception Hall with hardwood for a timeless look. Our restrooms are undergoing an upgrade with new partitions being installed. Finally, our library and grade 5-8 classrooms are getting a fresh coat of paint this summer.
Thank you again for visiting our website. I look forward to meeting you on campus soon.
Stephen M. Fry
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Forms to Return on First Day of School:
Parent Handbook 2022-2023
Media Release Form - submitted through PowerSchool Parent Portal
Parent Handbook Form - submitted through PowerSchool Parent Portal
Confidential Student Health History Update
Emergency Contact Forms -one per child, submitted through PowerSchool Parent Portal
Aviat Care Registration
Medication Authorization, if applicable
Food Allergy/Allergy Action Plan, if applicable
Asthma Inhaler/Nebulizer Action Plan, if applicable