We teach, model, and promote Gospel values.

Students graduate prepared to live a life of leadership and loving service.

Students discover the power that is theirs to direct their lives in peace, justice, and mercy.

Our Mission Statement

Holy Names Academy, the oldest continually operating school in the State of Washington, was founded by the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary on November 9, 1880. This All-Girls Catholic high school serves young women of diverse ethnic, economic, and religious backgrounds. The unique character of a Holy Names education is achieved in various complementary ways.

We teach, model, and promote Gospel values. This heritage is transmitted to students through school policies, academic programs, and co-curricular activities that encourage personal growth and respect for others. The Academy seeks to prepare young women for lives of leadership and loving service through excellent academic offerings and meaningful student life programs. The academic curriculum challenges students to develop their scholastic capabilities and individual talents through a four-year program of college preparatory courses. An extensive student leadership program offers multiple avenues for participation.

Holy Names Academy seeks to prepare educated women for a life that proclaims the love of God for the human person. Instructed in an atmosphere that fosters the formation of a conscious ethical stance, young women who graduate from the Academy will discover the power that is theirs to direct their lives in peace, justice, and mercy––a manner befitting those whose faith inspires others. We pledge ourselves to preserve the lasting values of our tradition while we design the Academy of the future.

SNJM Connection

Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary

Holy Names Academy was founded in 1880 by the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary (SNJM), an international congregation of Catholic Women Religious, Associates, and Lay Consecrated who are dedicated to the full development of the human person through education, social justice, contemplation, and the arts. The SNJM congregational headquarters is located in Longueuil, Québec (near Montréal).

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The SNJM United States/Ontario Province headquarters is located in Marylhurst, Oregon.

US/Ontario Province website

Other SNJM High Schools in North America:


Holy Names Academy admits students of any race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. The school does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, ethnicity or national origin in its administration or policies.



Holy Names Academy strictly prohibits harassment of any kind. Holy Names Academy believes that all students, faculty, and staff members must be allowed to work in an environment free from harassment, discrimination, intimidation, hazing, or bullying. Such actions include any systematic or repeated attempts to inflict emotional, psychological, or physical distress on another person. The school reserves the right to discipline students for conduct occurring on or off school property.

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