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Profile of a Graduate


At Holy Cross School, boys from across the New Orleans area come together to begin the process of becoming men. Our students’ backgrounds and interests are as diverse as the neighborhoods from which they come, but all Holy Cross students share our 150-year-old tradition, our unquenchable spirit, and our enduring brotherhood. Our boys become men by learning how to take responsibility, to treat others and themselves with respect, and to make tough decisions and to stand behind them. Their horizons are broadened by a challenging academic program and strong extracurricular opportunities. Their journey brings new responsibilities, a sense of achievement, a heightened sense of respect for others and themselves. Beginning in Pre-kindergarten, our curriculum merges into a strong college preparatory program delivered seamlessly to our students.

In becoming Holy Cross Men, our graduates have successfully…

  • Developed the whole man: mind and heart, body and soul.
  • Accepted challenges to learn habits of the mind and habits of the heart:
    • The competence to see and the courage to act
    • To think critically
    • To make informed choices
    • To take risks
    • To own the consequences of their actions
  • Found their best expression as service to others accomplished by bringing hope to others
  • Become leaders in faith empowered to build a community of the coming kingdom
  • Cherished their family legacy and nurtured trustworthy friends and lasting brothers


Holy Cross Class of 2018

  • 160 graduates had the opportunity to take 16 AP and 8 College Dual Enrollment Courses offered through Holy Cross School.
  • Our highly qualified faculty includes 6 members with doctorate-level degrees.
  • Approximately 82% of the Class of 2018 were eligible for the TOPS Scholarship and 41% of those recipients qualified for the Performance or Honors Award.
  • The ACT Average for the Class of 2018 (100% tested) is 23.6 (National Average is 20.8, Louisiana State Average is 19.5). The middle 50% scored 20-26 while 15.6% scored a 30 or higher.
  • 98% of our graduates were offered college acceptances.
  • Graduates were accepted to 98 colleges and earned $16,194,235 in scholarships.
  • The Class of 2018 collectively performed over 8,000 hours of service to the community.
  • 6 Students were recognized by the National Merit Corporation.
    • 2 National Merit Finalists
    • 4 Commended Scholars


In 2017-2018, Holy Cross students took 232 AP course exams and 63% scored 3 or higher, which qualifies them for college credit in that content area.

Students have earned the following AP Distinctions:

  • 21 AP Scholars – Granted to students who receive scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP Exams.
  • 7 AP Scholars with Honors – Granted to students who receive an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on four of those exams.
  • 7 AP Scholars with Distinction – Granted to students who receive an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on five of these exams.