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
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DR. FRY'S WELCOME
Dear Holy Cross Families,
In a letter from me in the opening pages of the 2019-2020 edition of the Holy Cross Academy Yearbook, reflecting on my first year at HCA I wrote that I was, “praying for an uneventful 2020-2021 school year” and “looking forward to enjoying all that a normal school year has in store.” I’m not sure if more inaccurate words have ever been written! While this definitely isn’t the type of year any of us expected or asked for, I am proud of how we have worked together to offer our students an outstanding faith-based education in the most challenging circumstances imaginable.
I cannot think of a time when schools were forced to make more changes in such a short amount of time. Through teamwork, creativity, perseverance, and trust in God’s providence we have overcome the many adversities that have been thrown our way. I am so appreciative of our creative and loving teachers who sacrifice each day to help their students grow in knowledge and faith while juggling the demands of in-person and virtual learners. I am amazed and proud of our students for their enthusiasm to learn and adapt to new protocols and daily mask wearing. I am grateful to our families for their support and understanding of the constant tinkering that has taken place in these rapidly evolving times. I am blessed with the steadfast support of the St. Mary priests who continue to offer the sacraments and weekly instruction for our students.
I don’t know if it would be possible to keep us all unified in this pursuit if it were not for our devotion and dedication to our Lord. I find myself returning to scripture quotes like those below during these uncertain times.
And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us.
On God rests my salvation and my glory; my mighty rock, my refuge is God. Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD GOD is an everlasting rock.
As 2020 concludes, I am hopeful for better, simpler times ahead. Marching ahead together with our faith in the Lord, we will continue to flatten obstacles put before us.
From all of us at Holy Cross Academy and Holy Cross Preschool, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a joyous, healthy New Year!
Stephen M. Fry, Ed. D.
Holy Cross Academy
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Forms to Return on First Day of School:
Parent Handbook 2022-2023
Media Release Form - submitted through PowerSschool Parent Portal
Parent Handbook Form - submitted through PowerSchool Parent Portal
Confidential Student Health 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