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Holy Cross Recognized at CYO Champions of Faith

Holy Cross was recognized (and celebrated!) at the CYO Champions of Faith Dinner last week. A group of our 4th & 5th grade CYO players greeted the guests and helped Archbishop Sample lead the prayer. A video highlighted the wonderful work done at Holy Cross and the importance of CYO to students and families. Thank you to Fr. Mark, Principal Tagorda, Athletic Director Mrs. Brant, coaches, and parents for presenting our community so well!

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We've Reached Capacity!

We're so excited with the response to our Annual Donor Dinner at the University of Portland, and excited to announce that we've reached full capacity for the event!

Our night dedicated to celebrating our Holy Cross community promises to be memorable, featuring Dan Zavage, an esteemed alumnus from the class of 2020.

While registration is now closed, we're eager to see all our confirmed guests for an evening of connection, celebration, and impact.

Please reach out to Julie Johnson at jjohnson@archdpdx.org with any questions.

From the Blog

Little children, let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action.

1 John 3:18

HCCS History

Welcome! Nestled in the heart of a beautifully rich and diverse neighborhood, Holy Cross has been both a landmark and nurturing space for students to develop their unique talents and shine in the world for over a century. We offer Pre-K through 8th grade.

HCCS Ideology

Through academics, faith, service to others, enrichment activities, and faculty that serve as incredible guides in each child's learning experience, Holy Cross students emerge confident in who they are and how they can make a difference.

HCCS Innovation

Holy Cross is known for its innovation in education.  Every classroom is equipped with smartboards and every student has access to a chromebooks.  HCCS teachers are constantly innovating with continued education in the latest applications and methodology.  They skillfully integrate applications to create an interactive learning experience.

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Academics at HCCS

Holy Cross is known for its rigorous academics. Rigorous can mean different things to different people. At Holy Cross, a rigorous academic program means that we have gifted and dedicated teachers who are deeply committed to continually finding innovative ways to excite curiosity in the minds of all learners.

From the earliest seeds of exploration in Pre-K to the complex problem solving and critical thinking skills of our middle schoolers, support, accountability and encouragement form the backbone of what makes our academic program truly unique.

Supporting students academically is part of who we are at Holy Cross. Support can look different depending on where each child is in their academic and learning journey. We provide individual learning plans for those students that are ready for extra challenges and students that need additional resources.

Holy Cross offers a full time learning support coordinator, Orton Gillingham Program for dyslexia, Title I Support, the additional support of student teachers and more!

Faith and Service

At Holy Cross, we are proud of our Catholic identity. We have weekly school Masses led by the students, celebrate the church's liturgical year, and pray in our classrooms. Religion class is one of the core subjects. We welcome families of all faiths and beliefs.

Our Catholic faith emphasizes a loving God who wants each of us to do good in the world. As shared with families, this emphasis finds a commonality among the other faith traditions that are represented at our school.

Parents that are not Catholic or have a different or no faith tradition have commented on how they appreciate that their children are learning to be kind and caring to others.

The school is committed to being of service to the surrounding community. We serve by collecting food for the food pantry that is on campus, supporting the Traveling Crib from Catholic Charities Pregnancy Support Program, and making cards for our homebound parishioners. Students have served lunch at the Blanchet House, visited Providence Fragile Children's Unit and helped at the Oregon Food Bank.

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HCCS in Numbers


Teachers Hold Masters Degree


Families Receive Financial Assistance


Catholic High School Acceptance


Best in State - Reading

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Arts at HCCS

Music, art, and electives provide students the opportunity to explore their creative talents. Students as young as Pre-K attend weekly music classes where they sing, play instruments and explore the benefits of music in daily life. Each year students perform in the Advent Concert and Spring Concert. Middle school students also have the opportunity to join Choir.

Students also have daily and weekly art instruction. Student art has even been displayed in coffee houses in North Portland.

Older students have the opportunity to participate in elective classes where they can explore areas of interest like theater, board game design, event planning and advanced art.

Student Life

Engaging HCCS students both in and outside of the classroom is a big part of building community, confidence and caring! From sports and educational clubs to service projects, Student Council and ambassador opportunities, we have something for all students!

So, if you like basketball, volleyball,  chess, reading or anything in between, we have something for you. If you want to know more about campus life, you can take a tour by one of our trained student ambassadors and they will be glad to help!


Innovation in Education


Fun, effective curriculum-aligned movies and learning activities that ignite curiosity and motivate learners to explore new ideas in the classroom

Google Classroom

Google Classroom provides a suite of tools that let our educators focus on teaching and our students focus on learning.


IXL's comprehensive curriculum allows personalized learning to meet the needs of each student.  IXL really deepens our knowledge of our students. With personalized learning to meet the needs of each student, our students know where they need improvement and how to boost their learning.

Chromebooks, Smart Boards, IPads, iMacs

Equipping our students with cutting-edge technology in the classroom is key. With the latest tools at their fingertips, learning transforms into a dynamic exploration - immediacy of information, interactive experiences, and collaborative platforms empowers students to delve deeper, think critically, and engage actively.

Mystery Science

Mystery Science isn't just your average learning tool – it's a passport to unlocking exciting concepts and making education a thrilling adventure! Our students don't just learn, they embark on a journey of discovery that makes every lesson fun!


In our classroom, Kami takes the lead by streamlining workflows, enabling versatile teaching methods, facilitating digital whiteboarding, and promoting an inclusive learning environment - every student has a voice!


Code.org allows our students to become future trailblazers, master problem-solvers, and digital dynamos of tomorrow! Just like reading, writing, or math, computer science is a gateway countless other pursuits!

Pear Deck

Learning is social, emotional and academic! That's where Pear Deck steps in – it's carefully crafted to align with effective teaching methods our teachers use every day. By using Pear Deck, teachers apply strategies that bridge learning gaps and enhance results for all our students.

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