Primary School >> Strategic Leaders
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

Primary/Middle School Principal
Primary School / Middle School Principal, Mrs. Teresa Billings
Masters +30, 30 years in education, 16 years at Holy Cross

From our founder, Father Basile Moreau, we have been charged with the Mission “We do not want our students to be ignorant of anything they should know.” In order to fulfill this mission we have aligned our curriculum to begin the college-readiness journey in the 5th grade

In 2015, we will begin this journey with our PK4 students. Our teachers work together as department and grade level teams in order to review individual student data and design curriculum to ensure students are prepared for the challenges of the next grade. One example of this is the use of the Pre-AP Springboard program in the 5th- 9th grades. This program sets the foundation for future AP courses.

Our Curriculum is designed to prepare students to be successful in college. The first step is ensuring college admittance by scoring high on standardized test. This preparation begins in the 5th grade through the ACT Aspire program. Students develop critical thinking and problem solving skills that will help them build on their prior knowledge. Our one-to-one laptop program is one of the tools used to reach this goal through student research and projects students develop higher order thinking skills. At every level students are challenged to strive to excel academically.

Sincerely yours,

Teresa Billings
Middle School Principal

Primary School Director
Primary School Director, Mrs. Belinda Baker
28 Years in education, First year at Holy Cross

I am honored and excited to be named the Director of Holy Cross Primary School and
become a member of the Holy Cross family. I have been an educator in Catholic schools since 1981. I have had the privilege to work with wonderful students, faculties, and families who touched my life in a very special way. For the past 15 years, I worked first as a teacher and then as the Director of the Early Childhood Program at Ursuline Academy. Through my work at Ursuline I have learned the importance of giving children meaningful and engaging experiences. I am very excited to be given the opportunity to provide these same experiences at Holy Cross.

 In keeping with the mission and values of a Holy Cross education, the primary division will educate the minds and hearts of the young boys entrusted to us. Holy Cross Primary will be a project- inspired school, which will promote imagination, creativity, exploration, and discovery. The school will offer a curriculum that will include core subjects with a strong emphasis on STEM instruction. Religion and physical education will be part of the daily schedule, and students will also be offered explorations in music, art, library, and foreign language.

 Over the past few months I have had the opportunity to meet with the administrators at Holy Cross. They are committed to providing an educational experience for young boys that reflects best practices in education. I am very excited to join this administration and become part of this vision for the primary school. I am confident that together we can make this vision a reality.

Belinda Baker

Belinda Baker
Primary School Director

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