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 2022-2023 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 graduates 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 our campus to see firsthand what makes Holy Cross Academy such a special environment.
Holy Cross Academy is the parish school for St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church in downtown Fredericksburg. Although our campuses are separated by five miles, we are linked in helping our students to follow in the footsteps of Christ. Like St. Mary’s you will find HCA to be a vibrant faith community with many events and activities to engage our families.
I am proud of steady growth of technology use on campus during my time 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.
This year, we are adding Virtues in Practice, developed by the Nashville Dominican Sisters, to our already robust religion program. Virtues in Practice focuses on one virtue per month that teachers focus on with their students. Students are taught about saints each month who exemplify the virtue that they are studying. This focus on virtues reinforces lessons from our daily religion class, lessons from our parish priests, weekly school Mass, and weekly prayer of the Rosary.
The halls of Holy Cross Academy will be ringing again 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.
Thank you again for visiting our website. I look forward to meeting you on campus soon.
Stephen M. Fry
Each family at HCA with children in grades K-8 is required to contribute a minimum of eight (8) service hours per school year. Parents, guardians, and other adult family members may contribute to their family's required service hours by colunteering to support events, activities, and initiatives that strengthen the school community. The academic year for counting service hours is from July 1st-May 31st. Family members must be background compliant before completing service hours. See the office staff, business manager, or school website for information and instructions on compliance. Service hours must be completed by May 31st each year. Any unserved hours will be billed $20 per unserved hour. This will be due before the last school day in June and must be paid in full before report cards or transcripts are released. If your student is in 8th grade, the fees must be paid before Graduation otherwise your student will not be able to participate in Graduation. Read more about the program here: Family Service Program
If you are interested in helping out at Recess/Lunch Duty to complete some of your Family Service Program hours, please sign up here: Recess & Lunch Duty
2nd Trimester Midpoint Progress
Catholic Schools Week
Jan. 29th - Feb 4th
Early Dismissal, 11:30am
Bishop Burbidge Visit
Academic Fair & Family Dinner
Early Dismissal, 11:30am
No School, President's Day