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.

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. Whether it is a passion for the fine arts or athletics, service work or spiritual development, our students’ interests can easily be met—all while earning an exceptional education.

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Benefits of an All-Girls Environment

In a single-gender setting, girls are more spontaneous, gain greater self-confidence and explore a growing sense of self-awareness. At the Academy, all of our girls are the captains, the leaders and have the starring roles. They are free to be smart and to be themselves—to live our school motto, “To Be, Rather Than to Seem.”

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