Founded in 1881, the Academy of the Holy Names is a Catholic school for boys and girls in pre-kindergarten through 8th grade and an all-girls high school. We are sponsored by the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary. The Academy is located on 19 acres fronting scenic Bayshore Boulevard, which is close to downtown Tampa and has easy access to major highways serving the suburban communities of the Tampa Bay area.
The Academy of the Holy Names empowers students to be authentic individuals who engage in independent thought, are inspired by creativity, and lead culturally aware, spiritually productive lives. The Academy's mission reflects the core values of the Sisters of the Holy Names and calls students to develop their full potential. Our motto, clearly understood and acted upon, encourages students:
An Academy student has a personal and active faith in God. Learning in an environment rich in values, students are responsible for themselves and others.
An Academy student is a seeker of truth: always learning, always questioning, always exploring.
An Academy student is an "out-of-the-box" thinker who utilizes creativity and intellect to find new approaches to solving problems.
An Academy student is a self-reliant, confident leader who can think and act autonomously. While not afraid of taking risks, Academy students pursue a balanced and healthy lifestyle.
An Academy student is a catalyst for positive change. Guided by integrity, reason, and fairness, Academy students build community—internally, locally, and globally—by reaching out in service to others.
In the pursuit of academic excellence, AHN challenges its graduates to be life-long learners who will serve others with integrity and compassion as stewards of the mission. The Academy is committed to educating 21st-century students who are effective communicators and collaborators globally aware, independent, confident, and responsible learners and citizens and critical and creative thinkers, innovators, and problem solvers.
Our admissions process is designed to educate prospective families about the unique advantages of the AHN experience and assist you in making the best decision for your child's education. As a part of our admissions process, we seek to not merely qualify a student by a test score, although metrics are an essential part of the process. Instead, we strive to get to know our applicants as individuals with unique characteristics, strengths, and interests. Building a well-rounded and talented student body creates an environment where education does not end when it rings. At the Academy of the Holy Names, we work each day to ensure that our students develop through a vibrant and dynamic educational experience. We encourage you to explore our website to begin learning more about our school community.
At the Academy, technology is integrated seamlessly into the learning experience. Students use e-books to lighten their backpack and allow for new note-taking and annotation. Through our wireless network and cloud storage, students can curate information, collaborate, and connect with other learners. In addition to superior academic skills and competencies, students at the Academy of the Holy Names are offered a solid moral foundation built on an ethical code of values critical to the development of the whole child—body, mind, and spirit. This tradition lies at the heart of the Academy, providing an added dimension to each student's education.