Holy Cross encourages students to be involved in activities outside of the classroom to enhance their knowledge. In addition to sports and fine arts, opportunities abound for students to collaborate and work with others who have similar interests.
Scholastic Bowl is an IESA-sanctioned activity where sixth through eighth grade teams from different schools compete by answering questions based upon different subject areas, such as math, science, literature, religion, mythology, economics, history, music, art, sports, and current events.
Holy Cross has a long and active affiliation with scouting programs, ranging from Daisy and Cub Scouts to Cadette and BSA troops for boys and girls.
Challenger Learning Center - Expedition Mars
Teams of seventh and eighth grade students are transported to Mars in a simulated adventure taking on the roles of biologist, geologist, navigation specialist, and medical officer. Students collaborate to collect data and maintain the safety of the crew in order to build, test, and program a rover that will explore the geology and geography of Mars.
National Geographic challenges middle school students to look at the health of the planet, think critically, and attempt to come up with project-based solutions to human-caused problems, such as species migration and plastic pollution.
Accelerated Reading Program
Independent reading is encouraged through the AR program to develop comprehension skills. Computer generated quizzes allow readers to accumulate points for correctly answering questions; and ribbons, medals, and books are awarded to students at the end of the year for their efforts.