Recommended Course of Study   top

Holy Names Academy has a long tradition of academic excellence and an equal reputation for developing strong, ethical leaders with a genuine sense of service. This has been achieved by developing programs uniquely designed for young women. Students are encouraged to discover their academic, athletic, artistic, and interpersonal talents by accessing challenging programs and participating in co-curricular activities that provide opportunities for leadership, collaboration, and reflection. The effectiveness of the program is evidenced in the achievements of the current students and graduates.

Recommended Course of Study 2018-2019:

9th Grade

  • Religion 9: World Cultures
  • English 9 or Honors English 9
  • Algebra I, Honors Algebra I, or Honors Algebra II/Trigonometry
  • International Language (French or Spanish)
  • Biology
  • Physical Education / Health

10th Grade

  • Religion 10: Scripture Literature
  • English 10 or Honors English 10
  • Geometry or Honors Geometry
  • International Language
  • World History or Advanced Placement World History
  • Physical Education / Elective (Fine Arts, department electives, AP Art History, AP Biology, AP Computer Science, AP Environmental Science, AP Psychology, AP US Government and Politics, etc.)

11th Grade

  • Religion 11: Morality / Service
  • English 11 or Honors English 11
  • Algebra II / Trigonometry or Honors Precalculus / Trigonometry
  • Chemistry or Honors Chemistry
  • International Language or elective
  • Physical Education / Elective (Fine Arts, department electives, AP Art History, AP Computer Science, AP Environmental Science, AP Psychology, AP Studio Art, AP US Government and Politics, etc.)

12th Grade

  • Religion 12: Contemporary Problems
  • English 12 or AP English Literature 12
  • United States History and Government or AP United States History
  • Precalculus, Calculus, AP Calculus, AP Statistics, or Algebra-based science
  • AP International Language, or elective
  • Physics, AP Physics, or elective

Departments (click department name to expand)   top

Maureen Coulton
AP Computer Science
Elizabeth Ayer
Honors English 9, Honors English 10
Kim Dawson
Honors English 10
Kimberly Draggoo
Honors English 9 and 10
David Karp
AP English 12, Honors English 11, English 12
Lauren Karp
AP English 12, Honors English 10, English 10
Lora Knight
Kristin Kuzmanich
English 9, Honors English 11
April Little
AP English 12
Matt Merlino
English Dept. Chair, AP English 12, Honors English 11, American Folklore
Becca Sager
Honors English 9, English 11
Amy Anderson
Fine Arts Dept. Chair, AP Studio Art, Art Two-D, Graphic Design, Photograpy
Sarah Wahlen
Theatre & Film Director, Media I, Media II
Taryn Webber
Music Director, Orchestra, Music Production
Jessy Williams
Choral Music Director, Choir, Vocal Ensemble, Advanced Choir
Ruth Gavino-Lutu
Physical Education/Gym
Audrey Hiatt
Health, Physical Education/Gym
Lacey London
Athletic Director, Physical Education/Gym
Angel Alvarado
AP Spanish IV, Spanish II, Spanish III
Veronica Doyle
Spanish I, Spanish II
Jennie Eiken
French I, French II, French III
Kim Ficele-Bowen
International Language Dept. Chair, AP Spanish IV, Spanish III
Cecilia Lofqvist Traum
AP French IV, French II, Spanish II
Maureen Coulton
Algebra I, Honors Algebra I
Mikaela Hertel
Algebra II/Trigonometry, Honors Precalculus
Dallas Jimenez
Honors Geometry, Honors Algebra II/Trigonometry, Precalculus
Jessica Kershner
Honors Algebra I, Calculus, AP Calculus
Marissa Koon
Geometry, AP Calculus
Becca Shope
AP Statistics
Patti Smith
Mathematics Dept. Chair, Honors Algebra II/Trigonometry, Honors Precalculus
Annie Spung
Honors Algebra II/Trigonometry, Honors Geometry
Tricia Cavanaugh
Religion 11, Religion 12
Rose DeBoer
Religion 9, Religion 10
Andy Lundquist
Religion 10, Religion 11
Marianne McGah
Religion Dept. Chair, Assistant Campus Minister, Religion 10
Anna Ricci
Religion 9, Religion 11
Julie Tilghman
Campus Minister, Religion 9
Sarah Wahlen
Religion 9
Mike Bachhuber
Science Dept. Chair, AP Biology, AP Environmental Science, Biology
Kelly Haley
Biology, Anatomy & Physiolgy
John Hunt
AP Physics, Physics
Natalie Radich
Biology, Honors Chemistry
Becca Shope
Biology, Physics
Liz Swift
AP Physics
Jenny Wielbruda
Chemistry, Honors Chemistry
Adam Butler
AP World History, World History, U.S. History
Abby Drake
AP U.S. History, World History, Law & Society, Psychology
Ruth Gavino-Lutu
Social Studies Dept. Chair, AP Psychology
Sean Harris-Campf
AP World History, U.S. History
Jen Kelly
AP Government, AP U.S. History

Advanced Placement (AP) Program   top

Advanced Placement (AP) is a program administered by the College Board in which high schools offer college-level courses.  Students enrolled in AP courses are tested on a national test day in May. Depending on her AP scores and the policies of the college she subsequently attends, a student may earn college credit and/or gain early access to upper-level college classes.  The exams are scored on a scale of 1 to 5, with the grade of 5 receiving the rating of “extremely well qualified.”  Generally, a score of 3 or above is necessary to earn college credit.

Holy Names Academy is strongly committed to offering its students access to AP courses and national testing in a wide range of subjects. All students enrolled in an AP class at Holy Names Academy are required to take the corresponding AP exam. 

  • In May 2018, 922 AP exams in 16 subjects were proctored to 444 candidates at Holy Names Academy.
  • 98.7% of the Class of 2018 earned a superior grade of 3 or higher on one or more AP exams (grade scale = 1—5) during their time at HNA.
  • For 2018, the College Board awarded 221 AP Scholar designations to 214 HNA students: 5 National AP Scholars, 68 AP Scholars with Distinction, 52 AP Scholars with Honor, 94 AP Scholars, and 2 AP International Diplomas.

Holy Names Academy offers an extensive selection of Advanced Placement courses, currently including Biology, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Computer Science A, English Literature, Environmental Science, French Language, Government, Physics 2, Psychology, Spanish Language, Statistics, Studio Art, U.S. History, and World History.

College Counseling   top

As a college preparatory school, Holy Names Academy assists its students with the college search and admissions process. The two fulltime, dedicated counselors in the College Counseling Office offer the following services:

  • Individual student counseling to assist with the college application and selection process. Students are guided in the exploration of such areas as: proposed major course of study; academic qualifications; expectations regarding tuition, room, board, and other expenses; preferences as to geographical location, religious affiliation, size of school, etc.

  • Individual and group meetings with parents and students concerning the overall admissions process, applications, testing, and financial aid.

  • Coordination of visits by college admissions representatives and notification to students about other Puget Sound area college meetings. 

  • Online and print resources for information on college profiles and admissions, testing (ACT, SAT, SAT Subject Tests), scholarships, and financial aid. 

  • Coordination of Career Day, at which professionals in a variety of careers visit HNA to give presentations to 9th-, 10th-, and 11th-grade students. 

  • Publication of the annual HNA College Planning Guide and the monthly newsletter College Counselors' Corner.

For College Representatives: To schedule a visit to Holy Names Academy, please CLICK HERE

Please be aware that it is the policy of Holy Names Academy to only allow not-for-profit educational institutions to visit our school.

DAY OF VISIT REMINDER:  College representatives will need to enter Holy Names Academy through the front entrance at 728 – 21st Avenue East, Seattle, WA 98112.  Please ring the doorbell and you will be greeted by our receptionist. After signing in as a guest, you will be directed upstairs to the College Counseling Office.

PLEASE NOTE: We ask that you park in the reserved space(s) in the parking lot behind the gym and the new Mary Herche Pavilion on 22nd Avenue East (NOT the lot with the school buses!). The parking space(s) will be marked "Reserved for College Rep." However, entrance to the building will still be through the front doors on 21st Avenue East.

It is imperative that you follow our school's parking policies.  Click HERE for a PDF map showing policies and street-parking restrictions for all school-related parking.

College Counselors:

Megan Diefenbach
M.Ed, Student Development Administration

(206) 568-7786

Alice Tanaka
MEd, Mathematics; MA, Counseling and Guidance; EdD, Education Leadership

(206) 720-7824


Library   top

The Holy Names Academy library is an is an open space for instruction, research, and collaboration, with a primary focus on connecting students to the best possible resources for their academic and personal interests. Through the library collection, students have access to an array of digital resources, including e-books, online periodicals, and databases.

The Gale Virtual Reference Library, Overdrive e-books, and Bloom’s Literacy Reference Online are just some of the specific collections available through the Library site.

The library is open on all regular school days from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

E-books can be accessed through the Overdrive link on the Library website. Each student has a unique Overdrive logon:
the letter “P” + the student’s PowerSchool account number (username).
Books can be borrowed from the library for a period of four weeks. Overdue notices are sent via e-mail; students who misplace materials are responsible for replacing the lost materials.

All digital databases and periodicals are located on the HNA Library website.

Technology   top

Digital Device Program

Holy Names Academy requires all students to bring a digital device to school each day.  The school’s goal is use these tools to enhance student learning and to prepare students for college and beyond.  Our vision is that HNA students will use their digital devices in all phases of the learning process, including research, problem solving, content creation, communication, and collaboration.

Case Study—July 2018:

Microsoft and Holy Names Academy Partner to Develop Tools
for Teaching Students to Collaborate—in School and in Life

• What type of device is required?

All students are expected to have a primary digital device that has the full capabilities of a laptop computer such as the Microsoft Surface Pro line (Surface 3 or newer) or the Apple MacBook Air.  Secondary devices such as the iPad, iPhone, Android tablet (Google), Chromebook, Nook, Kindle, or Microsoft Surface RT or Surface 2 will not meet the minimum specifications. Important: Devices powered by the Microsoft Windows in 10 S Mode operating system will not meet HNA's current requirements.

• What type of device is recommended?

Because our students use Microsoft Office 365 resources on a daily basis for Outlook e-mail, OneNote note taking, OneDrive cloud storage, and SharePoint access, we strongly recommend a Windows 10 device.  We have found Windows 10 devices integrate well with our technology.  However, the Mac OS operating system has been successfully used by HNA students, and will meet the recommended specifications.

For detailed guidance on digital-device requirements, including recommended and minimum device specifications, click here:
HNA Digital Device Program Specifications (PDF, updated May 2018)

• Are there special requirements for setting up a student's device on the HNA network?

Yes. All students are required to install certain software on their devices before the first day of school:
        PC Set-Up Instructions 2018-19
(PDF, updated August 2018)
        Mac Set-Up Instructions 2018-19 (PDF, updated July 2018)

Grading (PowerSchool Logon/Password)   top

During the first week of school, an envelope containing a letter that confirms each student's individual HNA family logon and password is given to each 9th-grade student during homeroom period. This is the logon/password parents and their daughter use to access PowerSchool online grades and to sign up for access to the secure Parents Portal on the school website.

The student's HNA logon/password remains the same throughout her years at the Academy; families with more than one daughter enrolled receive a separate logon/password for each student. The letter includes reminder instructions on how to access both PowerSchool and the Parents Portal section of the HNA website.

Parents should keep this information in a safe and readily accessible place, as the school does not give these codes out over the phone or via e-mail. Parents who have any questions or concerns about the logon or password: please contact Mrs. Teri Clark in the Academic Office at or (206) 720-7822.

Academic Support   top

School Counseling at Holy Names Academy

Adolescence is a time of tremendous growth with unique challenges. Holy Names Academy recognizes the importance of support services for our students. We have four fulltime counselors. Two College Counselors assist students with the college admissions process, and two Academic Mentors focus on academic and personal counseling.


Academic Mentors advocate for students’ success and well-being by working collaboratively with students, parents, teachers, and administrators. Recognizing the developmental changes and needs of adolescence, they provide the following services:

  • Academic support, including study skills, time management, and organization.
  • Coordination of accommodations plans for students with documented learning disabilities and/or health issues.
  • Personal counseling that is brief and solution-focused; referrals for longer-term needs.
  • Tutoring, either by connecting students with a peer tutor or providing referrals for outside, professional tutors.
  • Peer Mentoring program, an opportunity for 11th and 12th graders to develop leadership skills by assisting 9th graders in their transition to high school.
  • Coordinating pre-arranged absences for family vacations or other trips that cannot be scheduled during school holidays.
  • Advanced Placement program coordination.


Academic Mentors:

Jennifer M. Hawes, M.Ed. School Counseling

(206) 720-7814


Emily McKenzie, M.A. Counseling Psychology

(206) 720-7812


Registrar & Transcripts   top

Transcripts for the purposes of college admissions and scholarship applications are to be requested from the College Counselors, and are free of charge.  If a printed transcript needs to be mailed, students must provide a postage-paid envelope.  Transcripts for all other purposes are to requested from the Registrar and will incur a $5 fee.  For all transcript requests, whether to the College Counselors or the Registrar, the student, parent, or alumna must submit the written-transcript form (link to downloadable PDF). Forms are available from the College Counseling and Registrar's offices.

Catalogs, Handbook, Forms & Daily Schedule   top

Course Catalog:  2018-2019 School Year (PDF) 

Course Matrix:  2018-2019 School Year (PDF)

Math Course Flowchart (PDF)

Music Lesson Information 2018-2019

Music Lesson (Private Lessons) Agreement Form - Spring 2019 (PDF)

Parent/Student Handbook 2018-2019 (PDF)

SchoolMessenger: Registration Instructions - Aug. 2018 (PDF)

Textbook List 2018-2019 (PDF)

Transcripts: General Transcript Request Form (PDF)

Tuition: Automatic Tuition Payment Authorization Form 2018-2019 School Year (PDF)


Daily Schedule

School Day Information

School Hours: The building is open 6:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on school days.

Classes: 8:00 a.m. –   2:30 p.m.

· Six classes each day (45-50 minutes each)

· Break: 10 minutes each day

· Lunch: 40 minutes each day (closed campus except for seniors)

A-la-carte hot-lunch program provided by Consolidated Food Management/A'viands.

Library: 7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Daily Schedule - Class Times & Rotations (PDF)