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History, Philosophy & Mission

History:
Holy Cross High School was founded in 1984. Preceded by the all female Angela Merici High School and the all male Bishop David High School, Holy Cross joins the best of these traditions in a Catholic Coeducational high school, the only one of its kind in Jefferson County. The school occupies twenty-three acres of land at 5144 Dixie Highway in southwest Jefferson County. The school building contains classrooms, a fully equipped computer lab, a word processing center, a media classroom, administrative offices, locker rooms for both men and women, an art room, three science labs, a full library/media center, and guidance area. The main building also houses a cafeteria, gymnasium and a chapel. Tennis courts, a field house equipped with weight training facilities and locker space, a softball/baseball complex, a football field, and a track complete the present campus.
 
Philosophy:
Holy Cross High School embraces the goal of developing the intellectual, spiritual, social, and physical growth of adolescents within an environment reflective of the teaching of Christ. Holy Cross, as a Catholic institution, is guided by the belief in each individual's worth as a child of God. A primary focus, therefore is the cultivation of formal religious formation coupled with the propagation of Christian moral and spiritual values. Holy Cross, as an academic institution, seeks to provide challenging and stimulating academic opportunities commensurate with the individual student's abilities and interests. The academic requirements and curriculum offerings reflect a strong belief in a general liberal education as being the best preparation for either further academic study or direct entry into society's work force.
 
Mission:
Holy Cross High School, in the tradition of Angela Merici and Bishop David and sponsored by the Archdiocese of Louisville, is a Catholic college preparatory school committed to spiritual, academic, social, physical and emotional growth for every student. Together, young men and women from diverse backgrounds are prepared to become faith-filled, visionary, and inspirational leaders in service to their community, the Church, and the world, now and in the future.
 
The Holy Cross Way:
We, the faculty and staff of Holy Cross High School…
 
   celebrate giftedness of all and teach students about God’s love.
 
   continue to grow in our own spirituality and embrace modeling the person of Jesus.
 
   provide leadership opportunities and challenge our students to take ownership of their school.
 
   demonstrate knowledge of and passion for our subject areas and seek out continued professional growth.
 
   strive to know students as individuals and create a safe and supportive learning environment that respects diverse experiences and       perspectives.
 
   empower students to seek their own journeys.
 
   facilitate opportunities for students to learn collaboratively with their peers, with teachers and with the outside world.
 
   use and seek new ways to use technology to enhance student learning.
 
   utilize a variety of methods to assess student knowledge and higher-order thinking skills.
 
   love our students.
 
The Holy Cross Graduate:
Sees himself/herself as an image of God with inherent dignity, worth and giftedness.
 
Is prepared to take on leadership roles in the world and the church.
 
Thinks critically, using deductive and inductive reasoning to synthesize and made judgements with information.
 
Communicates ideas, both verbally and non-verbally, to various audiences.
 
Works cooperatively and collaboratively; willing to forego individual needs and desires in order to contribute to the collective efforts of people united in a common purpose.
 
Is a creative thinker who uses various technology and innovation and is open to new ideas.
 
Is an independent self -starter who utilizes time-management skills and is self-motivated.
 
Seeks justice, has a heart for service and is respectful of all life.
 
Is a reflective learner with strong self-awareness and an understanding of his/her place in the world.
 
Is compassionate and motivated to both participate and lead in the local and global communities.
 
Possesses intellectual curiosity and resourcefulness, and actively engages in the process of life-long learning.
 
Is confident in the future with a strong sense of self-awareness