School of the Holy Child

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Holy Child
2225 Westchester Avenue

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United States
Coordinates41°0′42″N 73°42′17″W / 41.01167°N 73.70472°W / 41.01167; -73.70472Coordinates: 41°0′42″N 73°42′17″W / 41.01167°N 73.70472°W / 41.01167; -73.70472
TypePrivate, Day, College-prep
MottoActions. Not Words.
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic
FounderCornelia Connelly
CEEB code334-972
Head of schoolMelissa Dan, Ed.S.
Average class size14
Student to teacher ratio7:1
Campus size20+ acres
Campus typesuburban
Color(s)Navy and White         
Team nameGryphons
Newspaper"The Cornelian"
Tuition$25,000 for 5th grade, 29,950 for 6th through 8th grade, $33,000 for 9th through 11th grade, $34,000 for 12th grade
Associate Head of SchoolColleen Pettus
Director of Admission & Financial AidJackie Ciaccia '06
College CounselorJoanna “JB” Broda

School of the Holy Child in Rye, NY, established in 1904, is an all-girls, Catholic, independent, college-preparatory school for grades 5-12. The school is guided by the educational philosophy of Cornelia Connelly, the founder of the Society of the Holy Child Jesus, and her dedication to developing “young women of conscience and action.”


The mission of School of the Holy Child is to develop “women of conscience and action.” Holy Child is the only all-girls, Catholic, independent, college-preparatory school in Westchester County that provides an advanced, individualized education for grades 5-12. Because of the longstanding history of challenging young women to pursue academic excellence and find joy in learning, Holy Child is widely recognized[by whom?] as being the best at educating and mentoring students to become women of conscience and action.

The school currently enrolls students from nearly 70 communities in Westchester, Fairfield, Putnam, New York and Bronx Counties and offers girls purposeful and transformative experiences through innovative and unique programs in the humanities, global & religious studies, science & technology, engineering & architecture, arts & athletics, as well as personal and spiritual development through field-based and service learning opportunities. Faculty and staff work collaboratively with students and families to ensure each student is known and valued, and her academic and individual goals are supported.

Holy Child’s 18-acre campus in Rye, blends old and new — it features a Tudor revival mansion dating back to 1930, as well as recently constructed academic and extracurricular facilities. A $6.5 million capital campaign was completed in the summer of 2015. The campus expansion included a Design Studio for students who participate in architecture, engineering and design courses as well as a 22,000 square-foot Field House that allows Holy Child teams to compete fully, fostering greater student participation in various activities and providing a diversification of physical education classes. The Field House is home to the 11,000 square-foot Kelly Gymnasium, Giordano Fitness Center, Ciaccia Athletic Training Room, dance studio, locker rooms and The Kennedy Common Room. The state-of-the art Theatre was completed in January 2016 and provides Holy Child students with a new space that complements their talents.

Service learning plays a prominent part in the curriculum and in extracurricular offerings, as girls learn from early on that they can make a difference in the world. Technology skills are integral to the Holy Child educational program. With a 1:1 iPad and laptop program, course offerings in robotics, computer coding, and computer gaming are available to all students. Holy Child graduates are well prepared for the innovative and critical work of American universities and society. Graduates matriculate at a broad range of colleges and universities, including the nation’s most selective institutions.