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High School (9-12)

To Be a Scholar

At the Academy of the Holy Names, you will find a setting by the Bay that is both historic and state-of-the-art. Steeped in tradition, students experience a classroom environment specifically designed with young women in mind.

With a rich history of more than 141 years, we have cultivated an environment where girls can flourish academically, socially, and personally to reach their God-given potential. We encourage our students to embrace their strengths, develop leadership skills, challenge societal norms, and become confident, compassionate individuals who are ready to make a positive impact on the world.
In addition to superior academic skills and competencies, students at the Academy are offered a solid moral foundation built on an ethical code of values that are critical to the development of the whole child—body, mind and spirit. This tradition lies at the heart of the Academy, providing an added dimension to each student’s education.


The All-Girls Advantage

In the Academy of the Holy Names High School, we believe in the transformative power of an all-girls environment . Here, our girls are the captains, the leaders and have the starring roles.


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Academy women are the future builders, the healers, the rough and the refined. We are the spark to re-invention and the fuel for change. These four years are yours to strengthen your faith, harness imagination, discover yourself, and realize your dreams.


Portrait of a Graduate

The Academy educates confident young women who are empowered and prepared to take on the next phase of their lives. Academy alumnae understand and appreciate our motto, Esse Quam Videri, or "To Be, Rather Than to Seem."

Academy graduates:

Strong Academic Foundation

Graduates receive a rigorous and well-rounded education, emphasizing critical thinking, literature, mathematics, and science.

Spiritual Development

They often have a deep understanding of Catholic teachings and values, fostering a strong sense of faith and morality.


They are encouraged to become confident and independent individuals, instilling a sense of self-worth and leadership skills.


AHN graduates understand the importance of giving back to the community, so graduates may be actively involved in volunteer work and charitable endeavors.

Critical Thinkers

They are taught to question, analyze, and engage critically with the world, fostering intellectual curiosity.


They are often well-prepared for higher education, with a track record of academic excellence and study habits.

Compassionate and Caring

Lead with empathy and are  kind and considerate individuals.

SEnse of Purpose

Graduates have a strong sense of purpose and a desire to make a positive impact on the world, driven by their Catholic faith and education.