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Exploring the Transformative Experience at Our All-Girls High School

Exploring the Transformative Experience at Our All-Girls High School

On October 29, prospective students of the Class of 2028 and their families joined us on campus for the 2023 High School Open House. The event allowed families to witness the ethos of our all-girls High School, spanning grades 9 through 12 and served as a snapshot into the school's commitment to faith, excellence, and love. 

The opening program commenced with a captivating performance by AHN’s vocal ensemble, the Quarter Notes, setting the stage for President Kevin P. Whitney's welcome address. Director of Admissions Pam Larkins-Doherty ’87 further guided the audience through the program, highlighting the history and tradition of an Academy education.

Throughout the day, parents and aspiring Jaguars engaged with current students, faculty, counselors, and administrators. The agenda featured student-led tours encompassing various integral aspects of our institution, including visits to the Chapel, the Bailey Family Center for the Arts, insights into college counseling, classroom overviews, panels with students and parents, and an academic expo showcasing diverse subjects and extracurricular clubs.

The event highlighted the Academy’s comprehensive academic curriculum, which includes:

  • A foundation rooted in the Catholic faith.
  • A rich offering of 25 AP courses, three of which are available to freshmen.
  • An integrated technology program with a 2:1 MacBook and iPad provision.
  • Specialized diploma designations in STEM and Fine Arts.
  • Varied artistic classes housed in a dedicated Center for the Arts, encompassing visual, performing, instrumental, and technical theatre classes.
  • Emphasis on community involvement through service and leadership opportunities.
  • Excellence across 12 sports disciplines.

The success of this event paves the way for our upcoming High School Open House scheduled for Tuesday, November 14, at 6:00 pm. To participate, interested individuals can find more details and RSVP here on our website.

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 our admissions team at or 813-839-5371.


Within the nurturing environment of a Catholic school guided by Gospel principles and the vision of the Sisters of the Holy Names, the Academy shapes each student’s distinct faith journey. The all-girls setting fosters leadership both in the classroom and in life. Get a glimpse of the rich history and traditions awaiting at the Academy and discover the benefits of an all-girls education.


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.