Headmaster's Welcome, Mr. Charles DiGange, '64
Masters, 46 years in education, 31 years at Holy Cross
Welcome to Holy Cross School. From our humble beginnings in 1849 to the magnificent campus we dedicated in 2010, we have been able to offer a holistic approach to education for the past 165 years.
In the tradition of our beloved founder, Blessed Basile Moreau, C.S.C., at Holy Cross we educate the whole person—mind, body, heart and soul.
With an abundance of extracurricular activities from our award-winning debate and robotics teams to our highly acclaimed Tiger Band and athletics
teams, all exist to form the whole person. Our extensive retreat program and service projects complete the formation of heart and soul.
Holy Cross is regarded as one of the most unique in metropolitan New Orleans. When we expand our “Boys to Men” mission in the fall of 2015,
the addition of grades prekindergarten through fourth will structure Holy Cross as the only prekindergarten through twelfth grade all-boys Catholic school in the greater New Orleans area.
As an alumnus of the class of 1964, I am extremely proud to have experienced being a student, a member of the faculty, and now Headmaster of this outstanding institution.
I look forward to continuing the mission of Father Moreau and shaping the lives of the next generation of Holy Cross men.
Sincerely yours in Holy Cross,
Charles J. DiGange '64
High School Principal
High School Principla, Dr. Joseph H. Murry, Jr.
PhD in Educational Leadership, 34 years in Education, 11 years at Holy Cross
As we begin the 166th year of this storied institution, we take pride in fact that we are the second oldest Holy Cross
Institution in the United States and that we have been "educating hearts and minds” for all those many years. Our mission,
bestowed on us from the very founder of the Congregation of Holy Cross, Blessed Basile Moreau, drives all that we do.
The focus on a rigorous curriculum is of utmost importance as we prepare our young men to meet the increasing demands of college.
We offer 13 Advanced Placement courses, as well as Dual Enrollment college level courses. Our commitment to academic excellence
is also demonstrated through the implementation of the “Scholars Program”, with unique elective courses like “Seminar of Western
Philosophical Thought”, Advanced Speech and Rhetoric and Senior Thesis Workshop.
The spiritual side of the mission is realized through the many opportunities for service, our Immersion and Retreat programs, as well
as weekly opportunities to attend the liturgy. Our guys have the ability to deepen their faith and realize the ultimate education of
the “whole man”. All of these experiences combine to make the Holy Cross experience one that not only fulfills our mission but one that
is completely life changing. We invite you to become part of the Holy Cross family and partner with us to develop the whole man, “mind and heart, body and soul”.
Dr. Joseph H. Murry, Jr.
Director of Curriculum
Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Mrs. Patty Hrapmann
Masters +30, 40 years in education, 7 years at Holy Cross
Beginning in the 5th grade at Holy Cross, students embrace a rigorous course of studies that provides them with the foundation for academic success. The Holy Cross enhanced course of studies is based on college and career readiness standards identified by the State of Louisiana as well as ACT. Standards-referenced assessment ensures that students are striving to achieve challenging standards that are accepted by colleges as students are prepared for success in the global workplace.
Each year individual student assessment data is disaggregated and evaluated by faculty and administration to support data driven decision making. Research shows that value-added analysis provides a more accurate way to measure student academic progress. According to the system for Teacher and Student Advancement, “Value-added analysis tracks the same student over time and compares his/her test scores over several years.” The ability to track individual student growth is a strong indicator of student and course of studies success.
Faculty and administration identify and implement school wide initiatives targeting successful research based practice. Two important recent initiatives are Discovery Walks and the AdvancED Accreditation processes. These programs provide guidance to assure that Holy Cross provides a world class learning experience for our students.
Opportunities for professional growth are identified based on classroom observations, teacher surveys and test data. Teachers attend local, state and national conferences. These teachers provide in-house training for the faculty. These opportunities are part of our professional learning communities which provide the basis for collegial conversations.
Director of Curriculum and Instruction