Mission Statement

Academy of the Holy Names, an independent, Catholic school for young women, sponsored by the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, inspires students of diverse ethnic, economic, and religious backgrounds to become:
  • Active members of a faith-filled community
  • Life-long learners, thinkers, and seekers of truth
  • Moral decision makers
  • Confident leaders in service to others
  • Skillful builders of a better world
  • Crafters of peace
Focusing on the importance of the individual in an atmosphere distinguished by respectful relationships, the school embraces diversity, promotes creativity, and challenges students to excel.

Core Values

Respect, caring for one another, full development of the human person – at Holy Names these aren’t just words – these are our core values
  • Education in Faith
  • Hospitality
  • Dedication to Women and Children
  • Dedication to Justice
  • Service to People who are Poor or Marginalized
  • Commitment to Liberating Action
  • Love for the Names of Jesus and Mary

Symbolism of the Seal

The Lamp of Knowledge glows above and throughout the ideals of the school.

  • The Cross and Three Lilies represent the vocational call of the Sisters of the Holy Names and their vows to poverty, chastity and obedience.
  • The Dove symbolizes the Holy Spirit who dwells within our hearts and minds as we endeavor to live up to our ideals throughout the year.
  • The Open Book symbolizes all of the academic studies, from the humanities to modern languages and social studies.
  • The Atom depicts all the physical and biological sciences offered at the Academy.
  • The Lyre represents the appreciation of the arts that students acquire through their courses and activities.
  • Esse Quam Videri, "To Be, Rather Than to Seem," is our school motto.