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Where joy strengthens all of us.

Connelly School of the Holy Child offers a personal, challenging and joyful Catholic college preparatory education for young women in grades 6 through 12. As a member of the global Holy Child Network of Schools, we live out an inspiring tradition of faith and intellect. We welcome and value each girl, work for justice and compassion, and continually challenge ourselves to seek the best solutions and the best future—for our learners and all whom they energize. In keeping with our founding vision to “meet the wants of the age,” we intentionally craft an educational experience that provides a healthier, smarter way to prepare for college and life.  


  • 350+ young women of all faiths and backgrounds 
  • 61 ZIP codes represented  
  • $2 million in financial assistance awarded annually  

  • 100% of students go on to college  

  • Nearly $20 million in college merit scholarships awarded over the last 3 years 

  • 6:1 student/teacher ratio 
  • 15 students per class, on average 

  • 65% of faculty hold advanced degrees  

  • 40 AP and Honors courses 

  • Dual enrollment with Marymount University 

  • Social entrepreneurship and student exchange programs 

  • 8,800 hours of community service completed each year  
  • ~60% of our student participates in our musical productions and theatre performances  

  • 72% of students participate in performing arts  

  • 13 varsity sports 

  • 70% of students participate on an athletic team 

  • 32 student-run clubs and groups 

  • 3,000+ global alumnae network  

At Holy Child, we are women of action. Embrace the joy in learning, in challenging yourself and in living your values. Because when you find joy and work at it, anything is possible.

Dr. Shannon Gomez  - Head of School 

Holy Child is an inspiring and encouraging community unlike any other. 

Every day, we live out our founding mission to welcome and value each girl—creating a community united in the Christian values of justice and compassion. 

Together we experience the incredible strength and happiness of being our best selves.  

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Challenging, highly personal college prep academics propel each student at Holy Child to true success. 

Research shows the greatest academic achievement when teachers connect with students as individuals and engage them in dynamic learning experiences that hold meaning for them.  

Every day, with passion, conviction and grit, we build deep, energizing joy in learning.  

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Achievement is boundless when expert faculty are committed to building a relationship with and reaching each girl. 

The remarkable faculty at Holy Child are highly credentialed professionals committed to advancing their educational practice and subject area knowledge—and deeply dedicated to their students. 


Through learning, leading and serving together, we become strong women of faith and action. 

Catholic education at Holy Child empowers girls of all faiths to grow in spirit and act on their beliefs. 

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Every day, we show up as our whole selves—and wholly ourselves. 

At Holy Child, opportunities to grow artistically, athletically and socially are as important as intellectual and spiritual development—and the benefits are magnified in an all-girls environment.  

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the All girl advantage

I am so proud of the work I see Holy Child graduates doing in the world. They are doctors, mothers, teachers, wives, social workers, entrepreneurs, politicians, researchers and lawyers. They challenge the status quo and work to devise solutions to difficulties they see. They are creative and compassionate women who continue the legacy of Cornelia Connelly.       

Mary Hopkins, P’14  - Assistant Head of School 1993–2017

Connelly School of the Holy Child is part of a network of 9 schools in the United States and a community of more than 30 in the Society of the Holy Child Jesus, a congregation founded by Cornelia Connelly in 1846. Network schools are in England, France, Ghana, Ireland and Nigeria. 


Grounded in the 150-year heritage and influenced by the unique challenge of educating students for the 21st century, the Holy Child Network of Schools’ goals heed Cornelia Connelly’s admonition to provide an education that “meets the wants of the age.” The following goals have been developed collaboratively by Holy Child educators. They are principles by which we teach and, in doing so, perpetuate our tradition. 
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