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Upcoming Open Houses   

  • PreK – 12th Grade Open House – Sunday, May 19, from 1:00-3:00 pm


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If you’re unable to attend one of these events and wish to schedule your private tour of our campus, please contact Ellie Nixon, Director of Admissions & Enrollment, at or by calling (434) 847-5436.

Tours & Open Houses

We welcome the opportunity to show you our school!

Open Houses
Holy Cross School offers scheduled group Open House events throughout the year. Click here to view the date and time of our next event. We ask that all families who plan to attend RSVP 24 hours in advance.

Individual Family Tour
Tours can be scheduled at your convenience; reservations are encouraged to ensure you can be appropriately accommodated.

Student Visit – “Shadow Day”
Holy Cross School offers Shadow Days for students in the application process. Elementary Shadow Days can be a half or full day. We encourage Middle and High School Shadow Days to be a full day so the student can truly get a feel of what it’s like to be a Gael. Middle and High School visiting students are paired with current students in the same grade who are part of our Gael Guide program. Gael Guides are hand selected as being exemplary representatives of our student body and the Holy Cross School community.  Contact the Director of Admissions to schedule your Shadow Day (434) 847-5436.

To schedule your tour or Shadow Day, please contact the Director of Admissions at (434) 847-5436 at least one day prior to the date of the tour or fill out the online Inquiry Form.


Applying to Holy Cross

Thank you for your interest in Holy Cross School.  We look forward to receiving and reviewing your application materials.  For questions concerning the application process please contact Ellie Nixon, Director of Admissions and Enrollment, at

Is your student CURRENTLY ENROLLED? STOP!  You do not need to apply. Once re-enrollment is open, you will be able to access the re-enrollment process through ParentsWeb.

  • Create an application account ONLY if you would like to apply to Holy Cross for a NEW student.

The Application Process

Step 1
Schedule a tour of our campus and/or participate in an Open House event.
To schedule your tour, please contact the Director of Enrollment.
Step 2.  Complete the online application.
  • Applying is easy using our Online Application. Applying online simplifies submission and provides parents a tool for tracking online the status of their admission after their application has been submitted.
  • To begin the Online Application process, Create an Account. Then log in to your account and Create A New Student Application for your child. You will then have the flexibility to log in and out of your account and access your open application.
  • After Submitting the Application, you will be able to track online your admissions status at the school by logging in to your account. There you will be able to print the completed applications, monitor when the school receives supplemental application forms and, if necessary, reprint the supplemental forms.

Step 3.  Financial Assistance:  During the application process to Holy Cross School, families seeking financial assistance should complete the online FACTS financial aid application.  Important:  The online application must be completed after you have submitted your Application for Admission.  A $30 fee is charged per application.

Step 4.   Schedule your child(ren)’s “Shadow Day” and assessment.  Students applying for grades 1 through 12 will spend the day visiting our campus and will also be assessed at the end of the visitation day.  An application will need to be on file in order for a student to participate in a “Shadow Day.”  The Director of Enrollment will contact you to schedule your visit.

Students applying for Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten:  The Director of Enrollment will contact you to schedule your assessment date.

Step 5.  Following review by the Admissions Committee, parents will be notified in writing of the school’s decision.

Request More Information
There is a $50 application fee when you complete and submit an application. Should you desire more information than is available on our website before you apply, please Request More Information and our Admissions Office will contact you.
Holy Cross Regional Catholic School admits students of any race, color, sex, religion, national and ethnic origin.  It is the school’s right and sole discretion to dismiss or suspend any student for lack of progress or for conduct that is not in the best interest of the student and/or the school.  Refund policy applies.  Please see the Parent-Student Handbook for additional information.


DSC_0843Proudly Educating Students Since 1879!

Holy Cross Regional Catholic School, located in the city of Lynchburg, is a Roman Catholic, co-educational, PreK-12 school in the Diocese of Richmond. Its history is somewhat unique, in that the school predates the public schools in the city of Lynchburg. History claims 1879 as its founding date, but Holy Cross as a church-related or parish school has a pre-history.

The history of the Catholic Church in Lynchburg dates back to 1843. The construction of the Kanawha canal in 1834 contributed to its growth. Thousands of Irish Catholics were employed for the project, and many workers established their residence in or near Lynchburg after the completion of the canal. A building located at Ninth and Clay streets was acquired in 1843 for use as the first church, named St. Francis Xavier.

In 1871, Reverend James J. McGurk, Pastor, organized a parochial school. In 1874, the school was incorporated into the newly founded public school system. However, this arrangement was discontinued after one year and the school was once again an independent school. In 1879, the present Catholic Church was built at Seventh and Clay streets and the parish was renamed Holy Cross.  A request for Sisters was made to Emmitsburg, Maryland, to the community founded by Elizabeth Ann Seton. As a result, four Daughters of Charity arrived in December 1879.   When the Sisters arrived, the school was housed in the old church (St. Francis Xavier). Eighty pupils ranging from six to seventeen years of age were enrolled in the school. Initially, students were grouped into primary, intermediate, and senior sections instead of separate class levels.  In 1916, the old church building was razed and a new ten-room building was erected on the same site. For forty years, it served the academic needs of the Catholic population in the area.

In 1957, with the arrival of two large industries and the subsequent arrival of Catholic families from the northeast, expansion of school facilities became imperative. The pastor, the Very Reverend Monsignor F. Harold Nott, purchased a large double house at the corner of Eighth and Court streets and this house was converted into a high school in February 1957. Soon, this facility was not adequate to provide for the increased enrollment.

Monsignor Nott tDSC_0846ook steps to purchase twenty-seven acres of land on Langhorne Road in the geographical center of the city of Lynchburg. Plans were then made for the immediate construction of a school with additional long-range planning for future expansion. In 1960, the new school with twelve classrooms was opened. In 1963, the spacious gymnasium was added and in 1967, three additional classrooms and a small chapel were built.In 1978, a new parish, St. Thomas More, was established in the Lynchburg area. The church was completed in 1981. At that time, the Bishop of Richmond, Walter F. Sullivan, decided that Holy Cross School would be designated as a diocesan regional school rather than a parish school. The parishes that were to be a part of Holy Cross School were Holy Cross, St. Thomas More and Holy Name of Mary in Bedford.

In December 1982, the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary of the Villa Maria Academy announced that their school would close in June 1983. The Villa was a private Catholic school in Lynchburg for day students as well as resident girls from Virginia, other states and foreign countries. In January 1983, Holy Cross School was confronted with ways to find a solution for the potential increased enrollment. The natural response was to build, yet finances had to be carefully considered, not only for the construction but to maintain the staff as well. The girls from Villa moved to Holy Cross during the 1983-84 school year in grades 1-8. These students were accommodated by the addition of four new classrooms at the end of the elementary wing, realizing the completion of the 1960 expansion plan and making provisions for a kindergarten. We currently house students from PreKindergarten through 12th grade.

In 2019, the school will celebrate its 140th year of building on the solid foundation that started so long ago. All current families, past families, parish families, alumni, current and past staff, and the community as a whole are invited and encouraged to celebrate with us during the year.