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A Glimpse into AHN’s Middle School Open House

A Glimpse into AHN’s Middle School Open House

On November 7, the Academy of the Holy Names opened its doors to prospective middle school families, offering a warm welcome to experience the heart of our Catholic learning community. The occasion was the Middle School Open House, a showcase of the Academy's commitment to academic excellence, education in the faith, and the full development of the human person.

The event allowed families to gain insights into an Academy education. From campus tours to conversations with teachers and leadership and even classroom observations, Open House was an opportunity to witness firsthand the exceptional educational environment that awaits students.

The day began with an introduction from President Kevin P. Whitney. Other speakers included Lower and Middle School Principal Bridgid Fishman, Director of Admissions Pam Larkins-Doherty ’87, Assistant Admissions Director Kareem Escayg, and Faith Community Coordinator Reagan Franklin, who provided further insights into the Academy's mission and values. Student speakers also shared how attending the Academy has shaped and prepared them for high school. 

One highlight of the day was the student-led tours conducted by 8th grade Ambassadors to give families a glimpse into the life of an Academy Jaguar. They visited key spaces such as the Chapel, the Bailey Family Center for the Arts, and middle school classrooms and commons. 

The Academy takes pride in its rigorous academic program, and Open House provided a platform to spotlight what sets us apart:

  • Grounded in the Catholic Faith: In a Catholic school inspired by the Gospel and the charism of the Sisters of the Holy Names, we are an inclusive community of faith, guiding students in each unique stage of their faith journey. 

  • Responsibly Independent with Grace: In the pursuit of academic excellence, AHN challenges its graduates to be lifelong learners who will serve others with integrity and compassion as stewards of our mission.  

  • Developmentally Responsive: The middle school learning environment and structures, such as advisories, grade-level teaming, social contracts, and goal setting, allow students to fulfill their needs for relationship, competency, autonomy, and fun

  • A Rich Arts Program: The institution offers a rich arts program, including visual arts, drama, and music classes, all housed in the dedicated Center for the Arts. This creative outlet allows students to explore their talents and passions in a supportive and nurturing environment.

  • Service Learning: Service projects are built into the curriculum, connecting to a class lesson or unit and instilling a sense of citizenship that goes beyond the classroom.

If you missed this opportunity to see our campus, please join us for Open House (Grades Pre-K to 8) on January 16 from 5:00-6:30 pm. For further information, including key dates and deadlines and submitting an application, visit our How to Apply page. Be sure to follow us on social media @holynamestpa to see more of student life at AHN. Questions and inquiries can be directed to Assistant Admissions Director Kareem Escayg at or 813-839-5371 ext. 375.

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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.