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Welcome to the Academy of the Holy Names!

Founded in 1881, the Academy of the Holy Names is a private Catholic school for boys and girls in pre-kindergarten through 8th grade and a college preparatory high school for young women, located on 19 scenic acres along Bayshore Boulevard in Tampa, Florida. Sponsored by the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, our institution is deeply rooted in Catholic values and offers a safe and nurturing environment for academic and personal growth.

At the Academy of the Holy Names, respect, care for one another, and the full development of the human person are not mere words. They are the principles that drive our community and inspire our students to strive for excellence.

Learn more about an SNJM Education and what makes the Academy of the Holy Names an SNJM School.

An SNJM Education

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Our Mission

The Academy of the Holy Names is a Catholic, independent school founded and guided by the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary. In a faith community of exceptional love, the Academy empowers students to be authentic individuals who, in pursuing their highest academic potential, engage in critical thinking, are inspired by creativity, and lead culturally aware, spiritually rich lives.

Our Vision

To inspire our students to develop their full potential while embracing the core values of the Sisters of the Holy Names. We foster an environment that encourages students to:

Our Motto

Our motto, "Esse Quam Videri," translates to "To Be, Rather Than to Seem." It reflects our commitment to authenticity, encouraging our students to embody their true selves and virtues.

Our SNJM Core Values

Our school is deeply committed to the core values of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary. These values form the foundation of our educational philosophy and guide our interactions within the Academy community:

Education in the Faith:

We create an atmosphere that invites people to live,
develop, and express their faith.

Full Development of the Human Person

We cultivate and respect the talents, abilities, and potential of each individual, fostering growth in all aspects of life.

Dedication to Women and Children

We see, understand, and respond to the unique needs
of women and children.

Dedication to Justice

We commit our time, energy, and resources to the pursuit of right relationships based on equality, justice, and solidarity.

Service to People Who are Poor or Marginalized

We reach out and respond to those who are impoverished, abandoned, or living on the fringes of society.

Commitment to Liberating Action

We seek with others the freedom needed to live life
fully without oppression.

Love for the Names of Jesus and Mary

We embrace Jesus and Mary as a guide, inspiration,
and source of strength in our lives.


We are a gracious, accepting, and welcoming presence for
each person in our community.

The Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary (SNJM) have a long and impactful history of advocating for social justice and ethical corporate practices. Rooted in their faith-based values and commitment to education, the SNJM corporate stands reflect a deep concern for the well-being of humanity and the planet. Their dedication to principles such as sustainability, inclusivity, and ethical business practices, guide their engagement with corporate entities and inspire positive change in the world. Through their corporate stands, the SNJM demonstrates a powerful intersection between spirituality and responsible business, fostering a more just and compassionate global community.

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Portrait of a Graduate

At the Academy of the Holy Names, we strive to prepare our
students for a successful future. Our graduates embody the following qualities:

Middle School

In pursuit of academic excellence, our middle school graduates become lifelong learners dedicated to serving others with integrity and compassion. They are effective communicators and collaborators, globally aware, independent, confident and responsible learners and citizens, and critical and creative thinkers, innovators, and problem solvers.

Middle School Academics

High School

Our high school program empowers young women to become confident and prepared individuals ready to embark on the next phase of their lives. Academy alumnae embrace and appreciate our motto, "Esse Quam Videri," valuing authenticity over appearances.

High School Academics


Our school seal reflects the ideals and principals that guide us at the Academy of the Holy Names:

  • The Lamp of Knowledge glows above and throughout the ideals of the school.
  • The Cross and Three Lilies represent the vocational call of the Sisters of the Holy Names and their vows of poverty, chastity and obedience.
  • The Dove symbolizes the Holy Spirit who dwells within our hearts and minds as we endeavor to live up to our ideals throughout the year.
  • The Open Book symbolizes all of the academic studies, from the humanities to modern languages.
  • The Atom depicts all the physical and social sciences offered at the Academy.
  • The Lyre represents the appreciation of the arts that students acquire through their courses and activities.
  • "Esse Quam Videri," meaning "To Be, Rather Than to Seem," serves as our school motto, embodying the values we hold dear.

AHN By the Numbers


Total Enrollment


Hours Served by the Class of 2023


Students Accepted to College


Mission Days Each Year


College Scholarships Offered to the Class of 2023


AP Courses


Faculty and Staff Members


Faculty with Advanced Degrees


Annual Financial Aid Budget


Athletic Teams


Fine Arts Courses



    AHN Diversity Statement

    The Academy of the Holy Names believes that a broadly diverse community fosters empathy, strengthens teaching and learning, and promotes academic excellence. To that end, the Academy is committed to:

    • building and sustaining a diverse and inclusive community of students, faculty and staff that shares our beliefs and supports our mission;

    • recognizing and appreciating the variety of characteristics that make individuals unique; and

    • creating an environment that promotes and celebrates individual and collective achievement.