I hope that whomever is reading this as a means of trying to discern their Catholic high school choice will be helped in their decision by what I share. I am an alumnae of Academy of the Holy Family (AHF) where I was privileged to attend high school. Prior to attending AHF I was a painfully shy African 14-year old having an extremely difficult time adjusting to American culture. The three years I had attended elementary and junior high school had led me deeper into my shell as my accent led most of my teachers not to understand me and many of my peers to ridicule me. AHF was a God-send for there I found other young students from my homeland and wonderful God-fearing American friends with whom I made lasting friendships as we studied together, prayed together, and grew together. God also blessed me with many teachers who encouraged me to ask questions and who helped me blossom into a good student and athlete, gifts God had put in me that I had never known were in me until I attended AHF. The attention each student received due to the optimal teacher-to-student ratio received helped shape each of us into being the best we could be. For me personally, it helped shape who I am today because AHF is where I fell in love with Science (thank you Sister Maria) and which led to my pursuing a B.A. in Biology from Rosemont College and a M.S. in Biotechnology from Johns Hopkins University. This all eventually led to my current job at the National institutes of Health. At AHF my Catholic faith was fostered and so was the knowledge that as a Christian I should look for ways to give back. This led to my involvement in various activities within the Church and non-profit organizations. I am forever grateful for God using my many teachers at AHF to help me discover whom God created me to be as a Catholic and a member of society, while helping me build many wonderful friendships that have become another family to me; and a confidence that as a child of God I can indeed "do all things through Christ who strengthens me" (Phil 4:13) Thank you AHF!
Mary Kiganda (class of '86)
The Academy, in my opinion, is the greatest all girl's high school, in the country. I am proud to say, that I am an alumnae of the fine school and would recommend it to any student, looking for the best education available. Not only will they learn academics,but also faith, hope and love, from the heart of the Sister's of Charity, who give it their all in developing fine, well educated, young women.
The Academy is a fine high school for young women from the US and abroad. The studies are rigorous and there is a great deal of study time. Students are well prepared for college. The professors, both religious and lay professionals are engaging. The school offers an enormous variety of extracurricular activities for all and particularly boarding students. They have made extra efforts to promote learning and personal growth. Our daughter was selected to attend leadership conferences. The relationship of the school to the nearby community college is a definite plus for advanced learning. They deserve ongoing support to continue their fine work.
This school was very instrumental in my growth and development as a young woman in an ever changing world. We were taught to be strong, confident, Christian woman, ready to go out into the world and give the best that we had to offer. The dedication of the faculty & Staff was second to none, and the motto "where friends become family" still holds true today! Once you walk through those doors, you become part of the family, and when you leave, you are always welcomed "home"!
If you have a daughter, who is high-school aged, it will certainly be worth your while, to invest in her future, and have her experiecne the Academy Life firsthand!
hi i went to school there and it is a very good non profit. The sisters do wonderful work there and they give the best education to the students that they can and that is what is important. They deserve all the help that they can get from donations. The sisters have had a very long history in education and they to there best to meet the guidelines set up by the state of Connecticut. I will say this i feel that i got the best education that i could get from the academy.