Award Year: 2013

Holy Cross Catholic School

4900 Strathmore Avenue
Garrett Park, MD, 20896-0249

(301) 949-0053

Lisa Maio Kane, Principal at time of Nomination

Archdiocese of Washington

School Website


Holy Cross Catholic School empowers all students to become competent life-long learners who will provide responsible, moral, and global leadership rooted in Christian values.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 15%
  • White: 49%
  • Hispanic: 14%
  • Asian: 9%
  • Two or more races: 13%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %

Holy Cross Catholic School is a parish school in the Archdiocese of Washington, D. C. and was borne of the efforts of a group of residents who envisioned a new parish and parochial school to serve the community. The Sisters of the Holy Cross from St. Mary’s of Notre Dame, donated the land for the purpose of fulfilling this dream.

Holy Cross Catholic School has attained excellence in education by keeping its focus student-centered and on educating the whole child. Faculty works tirelessly to identify the needs of every student through formal and informal assessment, and to ensure that lessons include learning for different modalities and levels of achievement. Faculty teams meet bi-weekly to share input and feedback for individualized student support in academic, emotional, and social development.

Each day’s learning is varied, exciting and teaches to the multiple intelligences. Students may be performing in the Spring Musical or displaying their artistic talents in an Art Fair. Sixth Grade students read original picture books about the Solar System to the First Grade students. Second Grade’s animated Power Point production of “Around the World in 20 Minutes,” with student-authored narration highlights facts about famous landmarks and integrates technology. Third and Fourth Grade students work in teams building Oreo cookie towers to test scientific principles of physics. The Eighth Grade publishes a 1787-era newspaper with articles informing readers of the outcome of the First Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia. The Kindergarten blogs about the school day with parents deployed overseas on active military duty.

Holy Cross Catholic School focuses on three main areas of student development: Faith Development, Academic Excellence, and Educating Each Individual Child.