Welcome to Holy Cross!

Holy Cross Catholic School serves the diverse North Portland Catholic Community, providing Catholic education for children in grades pre-kindergarten through eight.

The school nurtures, affirms, and challenges the students in their pursuit of learning and the responsibilities of faith and citizenship.

Why Holy Cross Catholic School?

Holy Cross Catholic School offers a rigorous, faith-centered education that includes:

Challenging Academics

Faculty and staff at Holy Cross Catholic School focus on providing a rigorous, faith-centered education. Children learn under high expectations with clear guidance and support. That builds a community of motivated learners. Students receive an education that meets their particular needs. Teachers and staff challenge them, while offering the necessary support to create confident, eager learners. Most Holy Cross students advance to rigorous college-prep high schools in Portland, including Central Catholic, St. Mary’s, Jesuit, De LaSalle, and LaSalle. We regularly hear from alumni, parents, and faculty that our students are more than prepared to study at top private high schools.

Faith-Centered Life

Holy Cross is proud of its Catholic identity while it respects and welcomes students and families of different faith backgrounds. Students participate and attend weekly Mass and celebrate the seasons of the Church. Christ’s teachings permeate the school. The community emphasizes and celebrates the moral and spiritual development of students alongside academic growth.

Small Class Size

We are a small school of approximately 220 students with an average class size of 22. The favorable ratio allows us to individualize the learning for students. Our teachers understand the learning styles of each child, challenging the strengths and giving support when needed.


There is a persistent misconception that Catholic education is not affordable, yet if you are accustomed to providing full-time preschool or daycare for your child, you will notice that an education at Holy Cross costs less than what you currently pay. It is the mission of Holy Cross to open the doors of Catholic education to families of all income levels. Not only is this fair and just, it promotes the richness and diversity we value so highly in our school. Before you decide we are out of reach, we encourage you to contact us and discover what is possible.

Cultural Diversity

Holy Cross has a diverse community — ethnically, culturally, and socio-economically. Immigrant, native born, refugee, and first generation, a large percentage of our families speak a second language in their homes. The diversity in cultures enriches the learning and social environment for everyone. Holy Cross students learn to value and respect differences and grow to be at home with people from all walks of life. In the classroom and at play, our students start to gain a global appreciation for life by tasting the richness of our world.

Extracurricular Opportunities

Holy Cross Catholic School offers its students a full curriculum. In addition to the core classes, all students are given opportunities to enrich their lives through music, physical education, library and computer lab. In addition, students in grades 5-8 are able to participate in the Holy Cross Choir and Ethos Band. A Children's Choir is also available for students in grades 1 - 4. The Middle School team has developed a year round electives program for students in grades 6-8. Some elective choices have included Claymation, Coding, school newspaper, and social justice. Finally, a variety of afterschool enrichment opportunities are offered to students throughout the school year. Holy Cross has an active CYO membership and students in Grades 3 – 8 can play volleyball and basketball.

Celebrating 100 Years!


Our Blog: Recent Posts

Open House is on Sunday, January 28 from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Come and see all the great things that are happening at Holy Cross.  Tours will be given by our wonderful School Ambassadors and our amazing teachers will be available for questions!
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Seton Scholar at Holy Cross!

Holy Cross Catholic School is so proud of our 6th grade student, Cielo, who was chosen as a Seton Scholar by the National Catholic Education Association. Cielo and her mom were flown to Washington, D.C. to receive the award at the NCEA Gala Dinner. Congratulations Cielo!!
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Christmas Program

We are excited that Holy Cross will be able to have a Christmas Program this year (no snow!!).  Mrs. Neary and the students have been working hard on Handel’s Messiah!  The performance is at 6:30 p.m. in the Church.  Students need to be at the school by 6:00 p.m. in their Sunday best!
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Registration For 2017-2018 Is Open!

Registration for the next school year continues!! Please schedule a tour to see and hear the benefits of a Holy Cross education. Please look to the Admissions page for more details. Also look to the Photo page or the school’s Facebook page for a glimpse of what a wonderful school we have!!
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2017 Sr. Mary Ryan 3-on-3 Basketball Tourney

Now is the time to see who has game!! Register for the 2017 Sr. Mary Ryan basketball tournament. All proceeds help support the maintenance of the Ryan Arena!! /user-files/2017 3 on 3 Tournament Registration.pdf
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March 2018

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
  • Mass lead by 1st grade
  • Stations of the Cross (English)
  • Simple Soup Supper
  • Stations of the Cross (Spanish)
  • Valley Catholic Speech Contest
  • Dental hygiene collection
  • Louie's Pizza
  • 7th grade to Providence Center for Medically Fragile Children
  • MS Study Hall
  • 5th Grade to BizTown
  • 8th grade serves at Senior Luncheon
  • MS Spanish Club
  • Motion Magic Tumbling Class
  • Musical Theater Class
  • Development Drive Lead Gift Committee Meeting
  • Mass lead by Kindergarten
  • Stations of the Cross (English)
  • Simple Soup Supper
  • Stations of the Cross (Spanish)
  • Parish Potluck
  • Soap, Shampoo, Deodorant Collection
  • Parents' Club meeting
  • Louie's Pizza
  • 8th grade serves at Blanchet House
  • MS Study Hall
  • McMenamin's St.Johns: Holy Cross Night
  • MS Spanish Club
  • Development Drive Donor Dinner
  • 6th Grade to Vocations Rally at St. Anthony
  • Subway Lunch
  • DEADLINE for Early Registration
  • MS Study Hall
  • Early Registration DEADLINE
  • Mass lead by 7th grade
  • Noon dismissal
  • Stations of the Cross (English)
  • Simple Soup Supper
  • Stations of the Cross (Spanish)
  • Second grade field trip to the Oregon Zoo
  • 6th grade serves at Oregon Food Bank
  • MS Spanish Club
  • Mass lead by 6th grade
  • 8th Graders' Mass at St. Mary's Cathedral
  • Talent Show
  • Stations of the Cross (English)
  • Simple Soup Supper
  • Stations of the Cross (Spanish)
  • Spring Vacation
  • Spring Vacation
  • Spring Vacation
  • Spring Vacation
  • Good Friday
  • Church service
  • Live Stations of the Cross in Spanish
  • Deadline for FACTS tuition aid applications
  • Easter Vigil

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