Holy Names Academy has a long tradition of academic excellence and an equal reputation for developing strong, ethical leaders with a genuine sense of service. This has been achieved by developing programs uniquely designed for young women. Students are encouraged to discover their academic, athletic, artistic, and interpersonal talents by accessing challenging programs and participating in co-curricular activities that provide opportunities for leadership, collaboration, and reflection. The effectiveness of the program is evidenced in the achievements of the current students and graduates.
Advanced Placement (AP) is a program administered by the College Board in which high schools offer college-level courses. Students enrolled in AP courses are tested on a national test day in May. Depending on her AP scores and the policies of the college she subsequently attends, a student may earn college credit and/or gain early access to upper-level college classes. The exams are scored on a scale of 1 to 5, with the grade of 5 receiving the rating of “extremely well qualified.” Generally, a score of 3 or above is necessary to earn college credit.
Holy Names Academy is strongly committed to offering its students access to AP courses and national testing in a wide range of subjects. All students enrolled in an AP class at Holy Names Academy are required to take the corresponding AP exam.
Holy Names Academy offers an extensive selection of Advanced Placement courses, currently including Art History, Biology, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Computer Science A, English Literature, Environmental Science, French Language, Physics 2, Psychology, Spanish Language, Statistics, Studio Art, U.S. History, and World History.
As a college preparatory school, Holy Names Academy assists its students with the college search and admissions process. The two fulltime, dedicated counselors in the College Counseling Office offer the following services:
Individual student counseling to assist with the college application and selection process. Students are guided in the exploration of such areas as: proposed major course of study; academic qualifications; expectations regarding tuition, room, board, and other expenses; preferences as to geographical location, religious affiliation, size of school, etc.
Individual and group meetings with parents and students concerning the overall admissions process, applications, testing, and financial aid.
Coordination of visits by college admissions representatives and notification to students about other Puget Sound area college meetings.
Online and print resources for information on college profiles and admissions, testing (ACT, SAT, SAT Subject Tests), scholarships, and financial aid.
Coordination of Career Day, at which professionals in a variety of careers visit HNA to give presentations to 9th-, 10th-, and 11th-grade students.
Publication of the annual HNA College Planning Guide and the monthly newsletter College Counselors' Corner.
For College Representatives: To schedule a visit to Holy Names Academy, please CLICK HERE.
Please be aware that it is the policy of Holy Names Academy to only allow not-for-profit educational institutions to visit our school.
DAY OF VISIT REMINDER: College representatives will need to enter Holy Names Academy through the front entrance at 728 – 21st Avenue East, Seattle, WA 98112. Please ring the doorbell and you will be greeted by our receptionist. After signing in as a guest, you will be directed upstairs to the College Counseling Office.
PLEASE NOTE: We ask that you park in the reserved space(s) in the parking lot behind the gym and the new Mary Herche Pavilion on 22nd Avenue East (NOT the lot with the school buses!). The parking space(s) will be marked "Reserved for College Rep." However, entrance to the building will still be through the front doors on 21st Avenue East.
It is imperative that you follow our school's parking policies. Click HERE for a PDF map showing policies and street-parking restrictions for all school-related parking.
The Holy Names Academy library is an is an open space for instruction, research, and collaboration, with a primary focus on connecting students to the best possible resources for their academic and personal interests. Through the library collection, students have access to an array of digital resources, including e-books, online periodicals, and databases.
The Gale Virtual Reference Library, Overdrive e-books, and Bloom’s Literacy Reference Online are just some of the specific collections available through the Library Sharepoint site.
The library is open on all regular school days from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• E-books can be accessed through the Overdrive link on the Library Sharepoint page. Each student has a unique Overdrive logon:
the letter “P” + the student’s PowerSchool account number (username).
• Books can be borrowed from the library for a period of four weeks. Overdue notices are sent via e-mail; students who misplace materials are required to have a conversation with the librarian.
All digital databases and periodicals are located on the HNA Library SharePoint page, under the link Online Databases and Resources. The databases are accessible with a universal username and password that are available from the librarian or the student’s teachers.
Students who have any questions or need help of any kind should please feel free to come to the library.
Digital Device Program
Holy Names Academy requires all students to bring a digital device to school each day. The school’s goal is use these tools to enhance student learning and to prepare students for college and beyond. Our vision is that HNA students will use their digital devices in all phases of the learning process, including research, problem solving, content creation, communication, and collaboration.
• What type of device is required?
All students are expected to have a primary digital device that has the full capabilities of a laptop computer such as the Microsoft Surface Pro line (Surface 3 or newer) or the Apple MacBook Air. Secondary devices such as the iPad, iPhone, Android tablet (Google), Chromebook, Nook, Kindle, or Microsoft Surface RT or Surface 2 will not meet the minimum specifications. Important: Devices powered by the Microsoft Windows in 10 S Mode operating system will not meet HNA's current requirements.
• What type of device is recommended?
Because our students use Microsoft Office 365 resources on a daily basis for Outlook e-mail, OneNote note taking, OneDrive cloud storage, and SharePoint access, we strongly recommend a Windows 10 device. We have found Windows 10 devices integrate well with our technology. However, the Mac OS operating system has been successfully used by HNA students, and will meet the recommended specifications.
For detailed guidance on digital-device requirements, including recommended and minimum device specifications, click here:
HNA Digital Device Program Specifications (PDF, updated May 2018)
• Are there special requirements for setting up a student's device on the HNA network?
Yes. All students are required to install certain software on their devices before the first day of school:
PC Set-Up Instructions 2017-18 (PDF, updated June 2017)
Mac Set-Up Instructions 2017-18 (PDF, updated June 2017)
During the first week of school, an envelope containing a letter that confirms each student's individual HNA family logon and password is given to each 9th-grade student during homeroom period. This is the logon/password parents and their daughter use to access PowerSchool online grades and to sign up for access to the secure Parents Portal on the school website.
The student's HNA logon/password remains the same throughout her years at the Academy; families with more than one daughter enrolled receive a separate logon/password for each student. The letter includes reminder instructions on how to access both PowerSchool and the Parents Portal section of the HNA website.
Parents should keep this information in a safe and readily accessible place, as the school does not give these codes out over the phone or via e-mail. Parents who have any questions or concerns about the logon or password: please contact Mrs. Teri Clark in the Academic Office at email@example.com or (206) 720-7822.
Adolescence is a time of tremendous growth with unique challenges. Holy Names Academy recognizes the importance of support services for our students. We have four fulltime counselors. Two College Counselors assist students with the college admissions process, and two Academic Mentors focus on academic and personal counseling.
Academic Mentors advocate for students’ success and well-being by working collaboratively with students, parents, teachers, and administrators. Recognizing the developmental changes and needs of adolescence, they provide the following services:
Transcripts for the purposes of college admissions and scholarship applications are to be requested from the College Counselors, and are free of charge. If a printed transcript needs to be mailed, students must provide a postage-paid envelope. Transcripts for all other purposes are to requested from the Registrar and will incur a $5 fee. For all transcript requests, whether to the College Counselors or the Registrar, the student, parent, or alumna must submit the written-transcript form (link to downloadable PDF). Forms are available from the College Counseling and Registrar's offices.
Math Course Flowchart (PDF)
SchoolMessenger: Registration & Opt-In Instructions - Sept. 2017 (PDF)
Textbook List 2017-2018 (PDF)
School Day Information
School Hours: The building is open 6:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on school days.
Classes: 8:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
· Six classes each day (45-50 minutes each)
· Break: 10 minutes each day
· Lunch: 40 minutes each day (closed campus except for seniors)
A-la-carte hot-lunch program provided by Consolidated Food Management/A'viands.
Library: 7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.