Explore the Benefits of Choosing an
All-Girls Environment for High School

Multiple studies show students at all-girls schools feel more support, respect, and self-confidence; have greater aspiration and motivation, are surer in their math, engineering, and logic skills.

As a member of the National Coalition of Girls' Schools, Holy Names Academy challenges young women to develop their talents and career interests to their best advantage.

Challenged and Supported

95% of students in all-girls schools feel supported by their teachers (vs. 84% of girls at coed schools)
90% feel supported by other students (vs. 73% of girls at coed schools)
83% feel supported by their school administrators (vs. 63% of girls at coed schools)

Holmgren, Richard. Steeped in Learning: The Student Experience at All-Girls Schools, Allegheny College, 2014.

Women Who Lead

Our mission states, "the Academy seeks to prepare young women for lives of leadership and loving service through excellent academic offerings and meaningful student life programs." We are proud to offer students a wide variety of ways to get involved in leadership roles, and to have an engaged Faculty & Staff who provide mentorship. 

Read more about leadership opportunities at HNA on our Student Leadership page.


Sax, Linda. Women Graduates of Single-Sex and Coeducational High Schools: Differences in their Characteristics and the Transition to College, UCLA, 2014.

college readiness

Our robust Advanced Placement program offers HNA students the opportunity to earn college credit and prepare for college-level rigor in their classes. 

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90.5% of the Class of 2018 won academic college scholarships worth $28.75 million.

development of the whole person

Holy Names Academy was founded by the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary (SNJM), an international congregation dedicated to the full development of the human person through education, social justice, contemplation, and the arts. As our Mission states, we believe in creating "an atmosphere that fosters the formation of a conscious ethical stance, ensuring that HNA graduates will discover the power that is theirs to direct their lives in peace, justice, and mercy."

100% of HNA students are involved in community service. Our students have collectively logged 125,629 hours, which equates to an economic impact of $3,826,659.
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15% of students travel on  either language-immersion or service trips every year to cities and countries around the world.

Girls-school graduates are three times more likely to consider engineering careers.


 Girls-school graduates report higher confidence in their ability to support their arguments with logic and seek alternative solutions to a problem than their peers in coed schools.


Girls-school graduates report higher confidence in math and science-related skills than graduates of co-ed high schools.


 Rigger-Piehl, Tiffani, et al. Fostering Academic and Social Engagement: An Investigation into the Effects of All-Girls Education in the Transition to University. Higher Education Research Institute, December 2018.

HNA Alumnae: leading without limits

Holy Names Academy is proud to have graduated over 10,000 young women. Our network of alumnae spans across the world and in virtually every career field. We are excited to share a few notable alumnae below, and we encourage you to explore our Alumnae page to read more about our alumnae community.

Notable Alumnae:
  • Commander Emily Basset ’95, Reactor Officer, USS Gerald R. Ford, United States Navy Aircraft Carrier
  • Julia Reed ’05, Senior Policy Advisor, Mayor’s Office, City of Seattle
  • Angela Rye, J.D., ’98,  Political Commentator, CNN
  • Lindsay Meyer ’07,  Former member of the US Rowing Team, 5th Place in Quadruple Sculls in 2008 Beijing Olympics
  • Meagan Flynn ’85, Associate Justice, Oregon Supreme Court
  • Celia Chavez ’86, Los Angeles-based professional singer, songwriter, instrumentalist, vocal arranger and coach, and music educator
  • Katherine Zappone ’72, member of Irish Parliament

Emily Bassett '95 in front of the uss Manchester

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Julia Reed '05 with President Barack Obama


Celia Chavez '86 performing while on tour with enrique iglesias

Over a quarter (27%) of faculty & staff are Holy Names Academy alumnae.
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