Welcome to Holy Names

Welcome to Academy of the Holy Names in Albany, New York—the Capital Region’s only all-girls, private, Catholic, Grades 6 through Grade 12 college-preparatory school. Holy Names is one of a distinguished international network of schools sponsored by the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, whose presence is felt throughout the world.

At Academy of the Holy Names, we are committed to the core values of our founding order: self-respect and respect for others, responding to the needs of others, especially the poor and disadvantaged, and embracing the challenge to do our best and bring out the best in each of our students. We believe in the full development of the Human Person. We seek to graduate confident young women who can change the world by becoming confident leaders in service to others, skillful builders of a better world and crafters of peace.
Our program begins at the Middle School level with a supportive faculty who are experts at bringing out each student’s special talents and growing her self-esteem. The curriculum is fully supported at all levels and students have access to high school courses, academic advisors and our award-winning sports programs.

Then, it’s onward to our High School—a school with a reputation for graduating confident young women who are ready to take the next step towards a full life.  You can be certain that your daughter will be afforded every opportunity to be successful in any arena she chooses to make her own.

At Academy of the Holy Names, we challenge each student to do her personal best every day. We celebrate achievement and individuality and encourage students to embrace challenge; we emphasize faith, respect, love and service to others. We value success and accomplishment and recognize that they are not the same for every student. Holy Names is not like other schools, and we are proud of that.

I invite you to learn more about Holy Names through the pages of this website. Then, I invite you to visit our beautiful campus. Spend a day in the Middle School or the High School; attend a musical production or athletic event and experience our welcoming community for yourself. To make arrangements, contact our Director of Admissions, Ann Rento, at 518-438-7895 ext. 202 or at

We hope to see you here!
Mary Anne Vigliante, Head of School
Every year, Holy Names selects a theme that provides the school community with a cohesive and spiritual foundation for everything it does throughout the year.
 This year's guiding light is:

"Let us do good to everyone."

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Introducing the One-to-One Program
Ms. Vigilante introduces the new Student Commons
School Calendar of Important Dates
AHN Board of Trustees
Mr. David H. Hayes
 Mr. John Maloy, Jr.
1st Vice-Chairperson
 Ms. Ellen Bach
2nd Vice-Chairperson
 Mrs. Alicia Lasch
 Mrs. Mary E. Hanchar

Ms. Patricia Barr
 Sr. Elizabeth Crean, snjm
 Sister Maria Faina, snjm
   Mrs. Rhea Clark
 Sr. Virginia Dunn
 Mr. Christopher Edwards
 Mrs. Jacqueline Falvey
 Mrs. Regina LaGatta
 Mrs. Mary Lawyer
 Sister Marilyn Marx, snjm
 Mr. Joseph Mitchell
 Mrs. Cathy Semenoff
 Ms. Erin Shea
 Sister Janet Walton, snjm
 Mrs. Margaret Willard
 Ms. Mary Anne Vigliante (Ex-Officio)
Fast facts about the AHN Advantage
• Ninety-two percent of the Class of 2016 earned merit-based scholarships to colleges totaling $2.3 million for the first year and $9.2 million over four years.

• We have a unique one-on-one Faculty Adviser Program that begins in 7th grade.

• We offer accelerated studies in grade 8 in mathematics, science, and foreign language.

• AHN offers eleven competitive sports programs 

• We have Learning Workshops at all grade levels for acceleration as well as student support.

• We are currently educating students from Albany, Schenectady, Rensselaer, Saratoga, and Columbia Counties and international students from China.

• We offer transportation for students who live in Saratoga and Columbia Counties.