To Be, Rather Than to Seem

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. Students experience a classroom environment specifically designed with young women in mind.


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AP courses


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fine arts courses



In addition to superior academic skills and competencies, students at the Academy of the Holy Names 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.

Advanced Placement & Honors Courses

At the High School, we follow a philosophy of ‘Placement for Success.’ In the spirit of the vision of the SNJM Sisters, we are called to develop young women who are faith-filled, inquisitive, innovative, independent and empathic. Academy’s students are selected for admission and course placement based on the results of the High School Placement Test (HSPT ©) score, the student’s grade school performance, previous standardized testing, teacher recommendations, and individual placement testing as relevant. The link to the Academy Academic Catalog for the 2023-24 school year may be found here

High School Curriculum

Students must earn a minimum of 27 credits in order to graduate. Courses are offered in the following subject areas (click to learn more):

Advanced Placement & Honors Courses

Advanced Placement and Honors courses are offered in six academic subjects (English, math, social studies, world languages, science and art). Students may receive college credit for AP coursework if they score a 3, 4, or 5 on the National Exam. There is a fee for each AP exam.

Each semester, one point is added to the grade point total for each Advanced Placement course in which a student has at least a C average. Five-tenths of one point is added to the grade point total for each honors course in which a student has at least a C average.

Co-Curricular Activities

In offering students an abundance of experiences, the Academy helps ensure success as students transition from high school to college life and beyond. 

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Benefits of an All-Girls Environment

At the Academy, all of our girls are the captains, the leaders and have the starring roles. 

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The Academy of the Holy names is accredited by cognia, the Florida Council of Independent Schools, the Florida Catholic Conference and the Florida Kindergarten Council.