Student Wellness

Holy Child takes a balanced approach to our students' wellness. We want girls to feel empowered to take risks, but to also feel safe to make mistakes. We prioritize every part of our students' development, because intellectual and academic success can only happen when she feels secure, confident, and happy. Our girls will be safe to take the risks needed for true intellectual growth.

We want all of our girls to develop a love of learning that persists long after she leaves us, as well as the confidence, resiliency, and strong faith to guide her through life. To ensure this, each our students has a network of adults invested in her success.

Advisors, deans, faculty members, coaches, and administrators all work together to provide our students with the resources and support they need. We guide our girls as they make important academic decisions, and develop healthy and strong peer relationships.


The goal of the wellness and student counseling program at Holy Child is to improve the health and well-being of the Holy Child community by establishing a comprehensive and fully integrated program that focuses on the six dimensions of wellness: spiritual, environmental, physical, social, intellectual and emotional. Through a series of wellness initiatives, the Wellness Committee is able to support the well-being of the entire community.

Wellness Wednesdays

  • Weekly Wellness facts and tips sent via email regarding the six dimensions of wellness

Wellness Newsletter

  • Each trimester the Wellness committee composes a newsletter with a section devoted to updates and new initiatives and ideas in each dimension of wellness

Student Wellness Committee

  • The Wellness Committee has volunteers from the Middle and Upper School student body, forming a student-based wellness committee as a subset of the Faculty Wellness Committee to develop and promote wellness ideas within the student community

Wellness Initiatives in the Classroom

  • Advisory, Human Relations and College Counseling times are periodically dedicated to conduct expanded Wellness education in both the Middle School and Upper Schools


The advisor program is an integral part of the school-family relationship. Each student has a faculty advisor who oversees her academic and personal growth. The advisor serves as the liaison between the student, the student’s parents, and all of the student’s teachers. Parents are encouraged to contact their daughter’s advisor whenever there is a question about academic, social, or personal issues. Time spent in advisor group meetings is used for a variety of planned activities, discussion topics, and social time.

In the Middle School, a student’s homeroom teacher serves as her advisor. Middle School students report to their advisor three mornings per week upon arrival at school, in addition to an advising period that meets during the school day.

Challenged and Supported

At Holy Child, students are not afraid to take risks. They investigate chemical reactions in science courses, and interpret complex texts in English class. They construct logical arguments, and identify sound reasoning in courses in rhetoric and religious studies. Holy Child girls are encouraged to become the best version of themselves.

Pursue Passions

As girls gain a broad base of knowledge through their core courses, a variety of electives and signature programs provide an in-depth study of key areas of interest. The desire to explore, collaborate, research, present and reflect is what defines a Holy Child student.


Holy Child's 9th through 11th grade students participated in a Wellness Day, organized by Cairistin Mills, Director of Wellness and Student Counseling, Toni Santangelo Archibald '76, Director of Special Events, and a committee of parent volunteers. Girls were treated to an afternoon of sessions that included meditation, self-defense, cooking and nutrition, and a cardio movement class.

The mission of Wellness Day was to offer students the chance to explore a variety of healthy activities, teach techniques for reducing stress, and provide practical skills for a lifetime of wellness.