Our Mission Statement


  • 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.

At Holy Cross Academy, we are guided by the spirit of Saint Francis de Sales as we dedicate ourselves to:

"Begin with love, continue with love, and 
end with love." 

— Saint Francis de Sales

"Our great mission is to love the Savior and to 
make him loved." 

— Father Louis Brisson, OSFS

Philosophy of Holy Cross Academy
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The school cooperates with parents in the task of educating their children and assisting them to attain their fullest potential in preparation for entrance into high school and ultimately for life and life eternal.  Holy Cross Academy is 

dedicated to the instruction of children in the message of Christ as taught by the Catholic Church.   The school strives to instill the principles of scholarship and service into the minds and hearts of its students, as well as the knowledge and appreciation of the heritage of American democracy.



As they grow academically within the parish/school community, students see and experience the constant interaction of a living "community of faith" through the care, example, concern, and involvement of their parents, teachers, and priests.  As a result, Christ and his message permeate all areas of the students' experience of learning and living, and they grow to acquire a sense of responsible freedom as Christians.