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Responsible Citizens. Responsible Leaders.

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Set in the heart of Santa Cruz, Holy Cross School is a vibrant educational community committed to educating the whole child. Our commitment to cultivating intellectual curiosity, spiritual development, and service to others is the foundation of our school. Students, parents, and educators work together to create a supportive and inclusive environment guiding students to serve our community and the world.

Thank you for your interest in Holy Cross School

Our dedicated faculty and staff, committed parent body, and engaging student body welcome your interest in the Holy Cross School community.

At HCS, we take pride in the tradition of excellence that began in 1862 as an orphanage to support the children of Santa Cruz. Through the years, we have educated thousands of young people--nurturing them, challenging them, and inspiring them. The HCS experience encompasses academic excellence, faith education, a responsibility for oneself, and respect for one's community.

We understand the importance of the journey you are about to take. At Holy Cross, as you get to know us through our admissions process, you will see and appreciate all that our school has to offer your child. 


Holy Cross School Advantage

  • Academic excellence
  • A child-centered, spiritual, values-driven approach within a caring Catholic community
  • Intentionally small class sizes where all students are seen, respected, and known well.
  • Balanced curriculum incorporating intentional use of technology, experiential learning and service learning.
  • Visual arts, music, and Spanish instruction.
  • Extensive alumni network 

Tuition Assistance

It is our goal to ensure that all children have access to a quality education. Families may apply for tuition assistance through FACTS Grant and Aid Assessment. Tuition assistance is disbursed according to the financial needs of families.