Holy Cross To Admit Women

Holy Cross students with Principal Edward Burns

Holy Cross High School recently announced the unanimous decision of its board of corporate members to accept the recommendation of the board of directors to begin welcoming young women as students. The board of corporate members includes Holy Cross High School alumnus Brother Bill Zaydak ’72, C.S.C., Superior of the Moreau Province.

In 1856, in a treatise titled Christian Education, Blessed Basil Moreau, the founder of the Congregation of Holy Cross wrote, “How we educate the mind will change with the times; how we cultivate the heart is and will remain timeless.” Later in his same mission-defining work he wrote, “Education is the art of helping young people to completeness.”

As a result of the recent announcement, 18 of the 22 congregation of Holy Cross-sponsored secondary and post-secondary academic institutions in the United States are now co-educational. Holy Cross High School recognizes that there are many capable and qualified young women who are desirous of strong, values-based instruction provided in a safe and nurturing co-educational environment.

Over the last several years, and confirmed by a recent gift of $1,000,000 from a most generous and forward thinking alumnus, Holy Cross High School has developed skill in a robust project-based learning initiative called STREAM which is not gender specific. In fact, project-based learning across the disciplines of science, theology, robotics, engineering, art and mathematics are guiding more young women to degrees needed by U.S. industries.

Ed Burns ’84, principal of Holy Cross High School, observed, “This is a momentous step. As an alumnus of the school, I am proud of the thorough evaluation of this opportunity undertaken by our senior leadership team, our board of directors, and our board of corporate members. As a school sponsored by the congregation of Holy Cross, we are not alone. We have many resources across the country to guide us in each step we will be taking as we make this important transition.”

Holy Cross High School begins immediately to welcome current 8th grade students of both genders to apply for admission to the class of 2022. These students will enroll in the fall of 2018.

Contact Rob Botero ’00 at admission@holycrosshs.org or 718-886-7250, ext. 558, for details.

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