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Sixth â€“ Twelfth Grade
t o b e r at h e r t h a n t o s e e m I’m so appreciative of the way my two daughters have been encouraged to be who they were meant to be. I knew I’d found the right school when I noticed how they responded to adults. Some kids don’t even say hello. I see how my daughters step up to the plate. They have to be organized. They’re becoming involved and socially aware. They’re learning the importance of giving back. They seem very mature.
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Academy of the Holy Names students become known for their confidence and poise. This happens by design. We carefully consider what it takes to prepare young women for successful lives:
A Sense of Connection.
We’re a true community. We watch out for one another.
Self-respect and respect for others is expected and supported by fellow students and faculty.
We have the finest college counseling program in the region.
Our students leave here with a sense of purpose and a belief that they can achieve their goals.
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do they go
93% of the class of 2016 earned merit scholarships.
Our graduates gain acceptance to many of the finest colleges and universities in the country: Cornell William and Mary RPI Duke Smith
Princeton Tufts Skidmore Union Georgetown
In fact, 100% of our grads go on to higher education, with 96% attending four-year schools.
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The teachers at Academy of the Holy Names, with all of their brilliance, support, and enthusiasm, instilled a passion for learning and discovery in me that I still have to this day and hope to pass on to my own future students. The education that I received at AHN prepared me incredibly well for college, graduate school, and beyond. One thing that sets AHN apart from other high schools is the emphasis on speech and writing. I honestly believe I would not be where I am today if my speaking and writing abilities had not been honed and challenged as they were at AHN. Biolo gy Ph.D. c andidate at R PI
makes us different
This is a caring community. We want to bring out the best in one other. Academy of the Holy Names teachers and staff strive to be models of Christian values as they fulfill their roles as educators and mentors. Faith formation is part of every aspect of school life. We want our students to: Gain skills in moral decisionmaking and a sense of personal and social responsibility.
Develop an understanding of themselves, respect for the person and property of others, and concern for the earth and its resources.
Learn to understand, accept, respect, and appreciate diversity within the school as well as on a local and global level.
Those of other religious traditions are welcome and invited to share in the faith activities of the Catholic tradition. At the same time, they are encouraged to develop a relationship with God according to their own beliefs.
will they d o h e r e?
Together, we go with our students on their individual journeys. Our nurturing faculty members are experts at bringing out each studentâ€™s special talents and growing her self-esteem. Every step along the way, we are encouraging students to work towards independent thinking, while learning the value of positive personal relationships. Teachers pay close attention to individual learning styles and respond to these personal needs. The middle school introduces new challenges and options. Students have access to high school courses, academic advisers, and our exciting sports programs. In high school, academics never take a back seat to testing, budget cuts or mandates. Our rigorous curriculum is never diluted, and our faculty members always have time to help every student flourish.
We want our students to be given every opportunity to be successful in any arena they choose to make their own.
At Academy of the Holy Names, girls feel comfortable being themselves. What we have witnessed is backed up by research. Girls in single gender schools: • Have more confidence in their academic ability, writing and public speaking skills. • Spend more time studying, talking with teachers outside class, studying with others, and tutoring classmates.
Girls who attend single-sex schools are more likely to: • outscore their coeducational counterparts on the SAT • pursue a career in engineering than are girls at coed schools. — From a report commissioned by the National Coalition of Girls’ Schools
“When girls go to single-sex schools, they stop being the audience and become the players.” — Pr of e ssors My r a and Dav id S adk e r —
will they learn
Our academic programs are challenging. That’s why our students go on to succeed at top colleges and universities. But what makes us truly different is the way we maintain rigorous academic standards while offering a “person-centered” approach. We encourage our students to maximize their individual potential. That’s why we offer small classes. Students are encouraged to ask questions and become part of lively discussions. They feel motivated to expand their knowledge and communicate what they know. Our faculty do all they can — in and out of class — to make certain each student understands course content. Students don’t get lost at Academy of the Holy Names. In fact, they find their love of learning.
To find detailed information about our curriculum, please visit our web site: ahns.org
These are the years of transition and growth. We’re careful to provide a supportive environment for this challenging time in a young person’s life.
During the high school years, our students are being prepared for success in college, as well as the leadership roles many will take in their lives.
But this is also the time when academics need to become more in-depth. Good study habits need to be developed, as well as more advanced thinking skills.
Today’s world is fast-paced and changing. Our young women are made ready to face this challenge. In courses that carry college credit, they see how they can rise to the next level. In fact, course work and projects across all departments encourage students to develop college-level research, writing and speaking skills.
Grades 6th to 8th
One significant way we enhance this process is by offering students independent and cooperative research projects in a variety of subject areas. Our unique one-on-one Faculty Adviser Program begins in 6th grade. We offer accelerated studies in grade 8, in art, music, mathematics, science, and foreign language. Middle School students produce their own yearbook and literary journal. They also have their own basketball teams, along with having the opportunity to participate on high school teams at the JV and Varsity level.
Grades 9th to 12th
Students embrace this rigorous academic program and know there is a strong support network to assist them. Teachers make themselves readily available both in and outside the classroom. Class sizes are small; so students feel comfortable raising questions and exploring new ideas. Additional support and encouragement are always available through academic advisers and our comprehensive guidance program. We’re all in this together. The sense of shared commitment to excellence is a hallmark of Academy of the Holy Names.
Our University in High School program, offered through the State University of New York, grants college credit for successful completion of French and Spanish IV and V, Psychology, Science Research, and Calculus.
Internships are available to our seniors in a variety of workplaces. These special opportunities allow them to explore career choices, as well as develop the responsible work habits required for success.
In the Math Lab, I work with small groups and individuals to provide the tools that can lead to confidence and success in math. This can mean breaking down a concept into smaller topics, drawing it out on paper, or finding an alternative method to solve a problem. The best part of my job is seeing the excitement on a student’s face when she understands something we have been
working on or when I am stopped in the hallway to hear about a good grade.
Danielle LeBuis Math Lab Coordinator & Alumna, Class of 1994
In the 2013/2014 school year,
of AHN students scored a 3, 4, or 5 on their AP exams. The New York State average is 67% and the national average is 61%.
C o u n s e l i n g
Going through the college application process can be overwhelming, for both students and their parents. That’s why we’ve put together a college counseling program that’s outstanding. Beginning in a student’s junior year, we offer a full range of services — from offering career aptitude assessments and developing college interviewing strategies, to bringing to campus a full schedule of college representatives. The goal of our program is always to help a student find a college that is the right fit, a college that challenges but will help the student to be successful both academically and personally.
We receive feedback on a regular basis from college admissions representatives. They routinely tell us how outstanding our College Counseling program is
compared to other schools. Colleges know students from Holy Names have the academic foundation and skills necessary to be successful at the collegiate level.
college counselor & alumna, class of 1978
Our interscholastic sports teams include: Cheerleading Cross-Country Soccer Tennis Volleyball
For students who enjoy sports, we offer many opportunities, from the recreational level to the highly competitive.
Basketball Indoor and Outdoor Track Lacrosse Softball
We’re a member of the Colonial Council and Section II. In fact, we’ve recently been Colonial Council Champions in cross-country, basketball, and indoor track. Our campus includes two gymnasiums, a cross-country trail, playing fields on spacious, well maintained grounds. In 2014 we built brand new tennis courts.
As a teacher and coach, I have the opportunity to really help each student develop her own special gifts, in the classroom and in athletics. Many of our student athletes have received scholarships
” Carlo Cherubino
to prestigious universities because they have been successful both academically and athletically.
Athletic Director & Spanish teacher
Weâ€™ve put together a full array of clubs, sports and community service activities that encourage our students to have a rich, well-rounded school experience. This is their time to learn, but it is also their time to make great friends, discover who they are, and have a good time. The campus is alive with musical productions, art shows, service clubs, student councilâ€Ś. the list goes on.
Clubs and activities for Middle and High School students include: Ambassadors Club Drama Club Environmental Club Golf Club Junior Ladies of Charity Math Club Pep Club
SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) School Newspaper and Literary Magazine School Musical Ski Club Yearbook
In addition, we offer chorus class in the Middle School and a performance chorus in the high school.
Community At Academy of the Holy Names, community means everything. The community of faith. The community of learners. The community of friends. There is also the community beyond the borders of our campus. We are connected there as well. Our students, individually and in groups, volunteer hundreds of hours of service. Each year, canned goods are collected and donated to local food banks. Groups of our older students volunteer for service during the summer at Sisters of the Holy Names missions in Mississippi and Philadelphia. At Academy of the Holy Names we seek to bring all members of our community to greater-self awareness, and an understanding of our roles as visible signs of Godâ€™s love in the world.
For more information, or to schedule a campus visit, call our Admissions office at 518-438-7895, ext. 202. We also invite you to visit our web site at ahns.org. Colonie Guilderland
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Academy of the Holy Names is easily accessible from anywhere in the Capital Region. Most school districts provide bus transportation to Holy Names. For students in the Saratoga/Clifton Park area, AHN offers its own daily “North Country” bus.
at Holy Names
By Meredith Corsi '13 Originally published in the 2013 edition of Spectrum, the Upper School’s literary journal.
As I think about my time Here At Holy Names I stop. And think and wonder About how different my life would be If I weren’t Here. And I’m glad I am. I am confident, I am organized, I am ready. I Am Me. Meredith. And Meredith is ready for graduation And college And life For a lot of reasons, But most especially, Because of where I started Which is right Here.
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