You Belong at Holy Cross

Holy Cross is a Catholic School in Portland that offers something for everyone! Hear from our teachers, students, parents and alumni about what makes us unique. From rigorous academics to our friendly atmosphere, we're sure you'll find your niche !

Inspired by faith, education, and a spirit of innovation.  

At Holy Cross, we take pride in being a leader in Catholic school education in North Portland for over 109 years. From our youngest pre-k learners to our emerging middle school leaders, our teachers and administration have rapidly adapted to a changing education environment.

Learn how your child can benefit from a Holy Cross education experience!

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Faith & Service

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. Our students and families participate in many service projects to help our greater community.

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75% of our teachers hold masters degrees. In addition to our rigorous curriculum, we provide teacher aides in Pre-K through 5th grade, content specialists to support our middle school, and special programs such as Orton Gillingham for dyslexia needs. Small class sizes provide individualized learning.

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School Life

We are musicians, athletes, artists, authors, speakers, achievers....  We infuse our curriculum with opportunities to create well rounded students that have the opportunity to pursue their own interests and talents through music, p.e., computers, library, choir, electives, and after school sports.

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Tuition Assistance

We believe a Catholic education should be available to all and offer tuition assistance to support our families. We encourage you to contact us and discover what is possible.


100% Catholic High School Acceptance Rate

The strong academic foundation Holy Cross students receive provides a bridge to their continued academic success. Most Holy Cross students advance to rigorous college-prep high schools in Portland, including Central Catholic, St. Mary’s, Jesuit, De LaSalle, Valley Catholic, and LaSalle.


Consistent Leadership

Principal Julie Johnson has provided consistent leadership, vision, and direction to Holy Cross for over 10 years.  She consistently leads by creating a welcoming learning environment, managing soaring enrollment and supporting financial aid resources to make a Catholic education available to all.

Holy Cross Catholic School is Proudly Diverse

Our Holy Cross community reflects the beautiful diversity of our North Portland neighborhood.  Immigrant, native born, refugee, and first generation, a large percentage of our families speak a second language in their homes.

We believe in fostering a catholic school environment that promotes a sense of personal responsibility, respect and reverence

Holy Cross students learn to value and respect differences. We infuse racial justice education and provide opportunities to learn about other cultures, faith and traditions into our every day learning.



We Can Do This Together

This past year has been like no other, and the challenges we face have added expenses to our already tight budget. Pandemic-related job instabilities for some of our parents have increased tuition dollar needs. Additional staffing has been hired to help facilitate online learning to its fullest.

The need for additional Chomebooks and iPads has increased as well. Your donations are an important part of our school community’s ability to nurture and education our children. We are grateful for every gift.

Did Your Child Finish Their Work Early? 21 Activities to Fight Boredom and Keep Your Child Engaged

By Mrs. Marisa Veiga, 4th Grade Teacher, Holy Cross Even during a time of quarantine, there are endless things you can do! This list below includes digital ideas, so it doesn’t include things like doing puzzles, reading a book, playing board games, jumping on a trampoline, snuggling your pet, learning to bake, sewing a new […]

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Video Training – Executive Functioning During Covid-19

Get control of your brain and your days to avoid the meltdowns. Executive function is a set of skills we use daily to learn better, plan better, and manage daily life. Executive function has often been described as the “management system of the brain”. When children struggle with executive function, it affects their well being […]

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7 Tips to Create a Successful Digital Learning Experience

Distance learning can be a challenge, for even the most dedicated students and organized parents. Working from home, job changes or loss, stress, health concerns, and uncertainty have created additional challenges to distance learning success. Try these 7 tips from Teri-Kay Johnson, Learning Support Coordinator at Holy Cross, to help your distance learner stay on […]

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Hear From Our Parents

Holy Cross is jewel among Portland schools. When I took my son to visit his Pre-K class before enrolling, he was immediately and spontaneously welcomed by a class filled with the sweetest kids. As the year pressed on with the advent of COVID, we saw how lucky we were. The teaching through the pandemic has been outstanding as has been the communication and organization. - Charli

continually been impressed with the community, the teachers, and the leadership. Our Principal has been a confident leader through the COVID-19 pandemic, keeping our families feeling safe and cared for, our teachers being equipped to be successful at distance learning, and our students being loved. Beyond only our Principal, other teachers and administrators continue to lead our community and reinforce why we call Holy Cross our home. - Kacy

Holy Cross has been an amazing learning environment for our daughter. The individualized approached has helped our child thrive and focus on opportunities to improve in certain subjects. The focus on School Wide Learning Expectations with each student helps them to be well rounded and life long learners. I would recommend Holy Cross as a great school. - Jamie

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