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Frequently Asked Questions

Who was Cornelia Connelly?
Cornelia Connelly founded the Society of the Holy Child Jesus in 1846 for the purpose of educating young women.  Her philosophy of trust, reverence and respect for the uniqueness of each person continues today in the supportive and challenging atmosphere of Holy Child Network of Schools worldwide. 

Is Connelly a Diocesan School?
No.  Connelly is an Independent Catholic school within the Diocese of Orange.  Connelly is one of ten Holy Child Schools in the U.S.  The Sisters of the Holy Child Jesus also founded and sponsor schools in England, Ireland and Africa.

What is Connelly's relationship with other Holy Child Schools?
Connelly is a member of the Holy Child Network of Schools. Besides sharing a unique philosophy of education and spirituality, another aspect of this shared relationship allows students to participate in the Holy Child Exchange Program. Connelly students can spend part of the school year at Holy Child schools in New Jersey, New York, Maryland, England, Ireland and Ghana, West Africa.
For more information about the Holy Child Network of Schools, go to http://www.holychildschools.org/hcn.nsf/pages/schools.

How long has Connelly been in Anaheim?
Connelly was established in 1961, making it the oldest Catholic high school for girls in Orange County.

How many students are enrolled?
A small school by design, Connelly's current enrollment is nearly 200 girls. Connelly is part of a Network of Holy Child Schools, with schools on the East and West Coast and in Europe and Africa. Connelly students have the opportunity to take part in an exchange program that allows them to study at Network schools in England, Ireland and New York.

What is the average class size?
Eighteen girls per class is the average, giving students much needed one-on-one interaction with their teachers.  This empowering atmosphere develops both confidence and academic skills in Connelly students as they "hear their own voice" in their classes.

What is the college acceptance rate of Connelly's graduates?
100% of the graduates who apply are accepted to college.  Most attend four-year colleges and universities.

What colleges do Connelly graduates attend?
Connelly graduates attend both public and private colleges and universities throughout the country.  For a list of schools our graduates have gone to, look at our school profile on our Admissions Page.
Did you know.....our alumnae are authors, lawyers, doctors, inventors, engineers, and leaders who inspire others with their actions? Connelly graduates include:
- The first two female valedictorians of Harvard - Naomi Morita Jaszewski '82 and Susan Doherty '83.
- Founder and President of Women's World Banking - Nancy Barry '67
- Egyptian political journalist, blogger and activist Gigi Ibrahim '05

What activities are available for students?
Connelly students have a wide range of clubs and activities available. Some clubs focus on community service, while others focus on students' special interests. Activities range from Connelly traditions such as Spirit Week and Class Plays, to co-curricular events and dances with students from our brother school Servite, also located in Anaheim. Additionally, students can participate in Mock Trial, National Honor Society (NHS), as well as Associated Student Body (ASB).  Juniors and seniors have the opportunity to participate in the Close Up trip to Washington D.C., where students from around the nation meet for a conference and observe our nation's government in action.  International trips are also available each year, including Japan, Europe, and more. Connelly also has a Cheer squad that cheers for both Connelly and Servite athletes. 

Does Connelly have a competitive athletic program?
Yes!  Connelly sports include tennis, golf, volleyball, cross-country, soccer, basketball, softball, swimming and water polo.  Connelly athletes receive sports scholarships to colleges around the country.

Are Fine Arts courses available?
In addition to the Visual and Performing Arts classes offered at Connelly, students may participate in the award-winning Tri-School Theatre program with our brother school, Servite, and the Diocesan girls' school, Rosary. Connelly's Advanced Choir has performed in Italy, including an audience of Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican in 2006; New York State's Heritage Festival in 2007, in which Connelly ranked eighth nationally; and Beijing, China in July, 2008, for a performance at the Olympic Festival. In June 2010, the Advanced Women's Ensemble and Handbell Ensemble toured England and Ireland, performing in churches, historic castles and a community festival. The tour also included performances at three Holy Child Network Schools.

Is there much diversity among Connelly's students?
The Connelly community truly reflects the area in which we live.  Our student body is 36% Caucasian; 21% Latina; 11% Asian; 7% Multi-Ethnic; 10% Pacific Islander (Native Hawaiian/Filipina); 6% Middle Eastern; 2% African American and 1% Native American.  Additionally, although we are a Catholic School, our strong academic program attracts girls from many religious backgrounds, including other Christian denominations, Judaism, Islam, and Buddhism.  We are very proud of our diverse student body and feel it makes us a stronger learning community.

Where do most Connelly students live?
Although the majority of our students come from Anaheim and its surrounding communities, many commute from south Orange County, as well as Los Angeles and Riverside Counties.  The top cities of residence for Connelly students are Anaheim, Huntington Beach, Garden Grove, Yorba Linda, Santa Ana, Long Beach, Downey, Whittier and Cypress.  Carpooling is a convenient way to share the commute to Connelly and meet other members of our school community.

Does Connelly have a dress code?
Connelly students have a variety of uniform choices, including skirts, pants, shorts, sweaters, sweatshirts, blazers and several choices in shirt color. 

Is an entrance exam required for admission to Connelly?
Yes.  Connelly applicants take the High School Placement Test.  This test is required for admission at all Orange County Catholic high schools. Click here to read and print the Entrance Exam Registration Form.

Is tuition assistance available for students? 
Yes! Need-based tuition assistance is available to students of all grades.  Applications are available at Connelly's Tuition Assistance Information Night. Please visit our Tuition Page for more information. 

Does Connelly offer Merit Scholarships?
There are eleven different Merit Scholarships available for incoming ninth grade students.  Connelly awards 3 four-year Holy Child scholarships, a Coletta Merritt Scholarship for Excellence, and scholarships for achievements in Math, Science, English, Performing Arts, Visual Arts, Community Service, and Leadership. Please visit our Merit Scholarship Page for more information.

Does Connelly have a Shadowing Program?
Yes!  A prospective student may come and spend the day with a Connelly 9th grader, going attending classes and getting a feel for school life.  This is a great opportunity to see what Connelly is "really like" and many schools designate shadowing as an excused absence.  An appointment may be scheduled through the Admissions Department, at your convenience. Please contact our Admissions Department at [email protected] or 714-776-1717. We also offer parent and family shadowing opportunities. Please visit our Shadowing Page for more information.  

What are the requirements for acceptance to Connelly?
Although grades and test scores are important, they are not the only things considered when reviewing candidates for admission.  A complete admissions packet includes: a completed application, academic reference, transcripts from 7th and 8th grade, entrance exam scores, and an interview.  Connelly is looking for motivated students who will both contribute to and benefit from being a member of our distinguished school community.

"Even though the journey can be challenging, the rewards, to me, are priceless. I have gained knowledge, self-discovery, incredible friends, love, and countless memories."
Katherine, Class of 2011

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