Live by the Spirit, Walk by the Spirit
High School Placement Test This Thursday
I was informed today that Holy Cross Academy is required to give the high school placement test to our 8th grade class on Thursday, November 21. Apparently, the test is being given to all elementary schools in the Diocese that day. This allows all the tests to be scored at the same time and results distributed to the Diocesan high schools in unison.

Our school calendar, completed last spring, had the HSPT on our calendar for December 5th. Prior to today, I did not think that was a problem. I apologize for this mistake on my part.

Students will take the HSPT in their homeroom class, proctored by their homeroom teacher. The test will take nearly the entire school day Thursday (the test is in four segments). Middle school teachers were made aware of this change in schedule today and will be updating their lesson plans accordingly.

Thankfully, there is not a way to specifically prepare for the HSPT and our students will be taking the test on the same day as their peers in other Diocesan schools. However, I feel badly for students who were surprised today by this news of the new testing date. I am confident that our students' hard work so far this school year will have them well prepared for the test Thursday.

On a brighter note, Bishop Burbidge really appreciated his time with our 8th grade class today. He told me that he found our "seniors" to be bright, engaging, and positive role models for the rest of our school. Thank you 8th graders!

Mission Statement

At Holy Cross Academy, we are guided by the spirit of Saint Francis de Sales as we dedicate ourselves to: 

  • Create an atmosphere of prayer and reliance on our heavenly Father;
  • Spread the message of Jesus in our families and our community by treating all persons with respect and showing reverence for the gift of God in each one;
  • Build up the Spirit-filled faith community within Saint Mary of the Immaculate Conception Parish;
  • Serve those in need in our local community and in the Missions through an awareness of our global responsibility to all humanity;
  • Develop the whole child: spiritually, emotionally, academically and physically;
  • Promote academic excellence by challenging all our students to recognize their gifts and fulfill their God-given potential.

It's About the Children
Holy Cross Academy
250 Stafford Lakes Parkway  
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
540-286-1600 Phone
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1009 Stafford Avenue
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
540-373-7553 Phone