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The mission of School of the Holy Child is to develop “women of conscience and action.” An all-girls, Catholic, independent, college-preparatory school for grades 5-12, the School is guided by the educational philosophy of Cornelia Connelly, the founder of the Society of the Holy Child Jesus, and her dedication to “joy in teaching and joy in learning.” Accomplished and dedicated faculty members foster the spiritual development, individual talents and interests of each student.This is realized through rigorous and comprehensive academic, arts, athletics, service and global programs. Holy Child graduates are prepared for the innovative and critical thought necessary in a diverse, interconnected society.

Goals of the Network of Holy Child Schools

The following goals have been developed collaboratively by Holy Child educators. They are principles by which we teach students and, in doing so, continue our tradition.

  • Goal 1: Holy Child Schools foster a faith commitment that engenders a joyous personal relationship with God in addressing the challenges of the world.
  • Goal 2: Holy Child Schools live, learn, and worship as a dynamic Christian community.
  • Goal 3: Holy Child Schools offer an intellectually challenging and creative program of study that develops a love of learning and academic excellence.
  • Goal 4: Holy Child Schools work for Christian principles of justice, peace, and compassion in every facet of life.
  • Goal 5: Holy Child Schools create a learning climate based on trust and reverence for the dignity and uniqueness of each person.
  • Goal 6: Holy Child Schools promote the personal growth and development of all who participate in the life of the School.
  • Goal 7: Holy Child Schools ensure the continuation and growth of Holy Child’s mission and philosophy in the School.


Facts & Stats

History: Founded by the Society of the Holy Child Jesus in 1904, School of the Holy Child is a Catholic, independent, college-preparatory school for young women in grades 5-12.

Campus: Holy Child’s 18-acre campus in Rye, New York, blends old and new — it features a striking Tudor mansion dating to 1930, as well as recently constructed academic and athletic facilities. Over the past several years, the School has completed several important enhancements. Our 22,000 square-foot Field House includes an 11,000 square-foot gymnasium, dance studio, athletic training room, fitness room, a student common area, athletic offices and more. Also new to our campus is the Design Studio, which houses the E.E. Ford Program for Architecture, Engineering and Design for the Common Good. The studio includes a mulit-purpose workshop and classrooms, and promotes problem-solving using a variety of technologies. Construction on our new, state-of-the-art Theatre, complete with seating for 400, new lighting and sound technolog, a workshop space for set design and a dressing room, is underway. School of the Holy Child’s new facilities reflect the outstanding academic, athletic and artisitc accomplishments of our students and contribute to our outstanding, forward-thinking learning enviornment.

Enrollment: The School currently enrolls 309 young women, drawing some of the best and brightest students from across more than 70 communities in Westchester, Putnam, New York, Bronx and Fairfield counties. 

Financial Aid: For the 2015-2016 academic year, approximately 24% of the students receive approximately $1,000,000 in Financial Aid.

Diversity: 25% of students self-identified as people of color