History & Mission
Holy Child Academy is part of the Holy Child Network of Schools, encompassing 12 centers of learning in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and California. The Society of the Holy Child Jesus and the Holy Child Network of Schools were founded by Cornelia Connelly, a convert to Catholicism who opened her first school in 1846. While her ideas on education were seen as bold and revolutionary a century and a half ago, they are widely accepted today: that children learn best in an atmosphere of love and warmth rather than sternness and repression; and that the teacher-student relationship should be modeled on that of the parent and child.
Our Holy Child School is the fulfillment of a dream of three Long Island families that their young children could receive a Catholic education close to home. Together they purchased the former Bliss estate in Old Westbury and deeded it to the Society of the Holy Child Jesus. After the manor house was modified to hold classrooms, offices, a cafeteria, a chapel, and a convent, the school opened its doors to 44 children on September 15, 1959.
Taught by sisters of the Society of the Holy Child Jesus, this first student body grew in “age, grace, and wisdom,” like the Holy Child, and the school thrived. Nearly 60 years later, our 14-acre campus holds two classroom buildings, O’Sullivan Hall and the recently renovated Dolan Family Early Childhood Center. The mansion that held the original school was renamed Connelly Hall in honor of our foundress. Two graceful and highly functional additions to the building are the Lourdes Garcia Conservatory, overlooking the athletic fields, and the Mother Mary Gabriel Library.
Goal 1: Holy Child Schools foster a faith commitment that engenders a joyous personal relationship with God in addressing the challenges of the world.
Goal 2: Holy Child Schools live, learn, and worship as a dynamic Christian community.
Goal 3: Holy Child Schools offer an intellectually challenging and creative program of study that develops a love of learning and academic excellence
Goal 4: Holy Child Schools work for Christian principles of justice, peace, and compassion in every facet of life.
Goal 5: Holy Child Schools create a learning climate based on trust and reverence for the dignity and uniqueness of each person.
Goal 6: Holy Child Schools promote the personal growth and development of all who participate in the life of the School.
Goal 7: Holy Child Schools ensure the continuation and growth of Holy Child mission and philosophy in the School.
Connelly School of the Holy Child, Potomac MD
Cornelia Connelly School of the Holy Child, Anaheim, CA
Holy Child Academy, Drexel Hill, PA
Connelly Middle School of the Holy Child, New York, NY
Mayfield Junior School of the Holy Child Jesus, Pasadena, CA
Mayfield Senior School of the Holy Child Jesus, Pasadena, CA
Holy Child Academy, Old Westbury, NY
Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child, Summit, NJ
Holy Child School at Rosemont, Rosemont, PA
School of the Holy Child, Rye, Rye, NY
Holy Child Network of Schools
Office of Director
1341 Montgomery Avenue
Rosemont, PA 19010
Goals for Schools of the Holy Child Jesus
The Schools of the Holy Child Jesus offer an education with a distinctive spirit. Educators in Holy Child Schools encourage students to meet diversity and change with confidence in their own gifts and faith in God. Holy Child Schools, through all members of the school community, and in all programs: