School Details

Holy Cross Lutheran Academy

5450 Holy Cross Ct, Sanford, FL 32771
(407) 936-3636

(out of 10)

Private Grades PK-9 415 students 10 students/teacher (FL avg is 15)

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About this school

Holy Cross Lutheran Academy is a private middle school in Sanford. The principal of Holy Cross Lutheran Academy is Betty Hoyer, who can be contacted at 415 students attend Holy Cross Lutheran Academy and are mostly White, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. The student to teacher ratio at Holy Cross Lutheran Academy is 10:1. Markham Woods Middle School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting

Languages Taught

  • Spanish


  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Football
  • Gymnastics
  • Martial arts self defense
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 88% %
Hispanic 8% %
Black, non-Hispanic 3% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 2% %
Asian 0.9% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% %
Multiracial 0% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Community ratings & reviews

  • (4 months ago)

    We have had a wonderful experience at Holy Cross preschool. Our son has learned so much and has thrived in this caring and nurturing environment. The teachers and staff truely care about each child. We always have so many great things to say about our school.

  • (4 months ago)

    best school ever and i have the best teachers in the world!mrs.Serrano and mrs.Madeiros.i recomendcoming here!

  • (4 months ago)

    Holy Cross Lutheran Academy has it ALL Preschool VBK K-12!! The teachers staff and administration welcome you with love and support - ALWAYS! Our Lord God is first and foremost and with Him this school is THRIVING! They are our extended family and we love them!

  • (4 months ago)

    We could not be happier with the quality Christian education that our child received at HCLA. He attended preschool and kindergarten at the academy and received an exceptional well-rounded academic education. We were very pleased and impressed with the fact that he was taught not only the required curriculum but also attended Chapel PE Computer Spanish Music and Art classes on a weekly basis in kindergarten. Our son also really enjoyed the class field trip to the Orlando Science Center. The staff and teachers at HCLA are very open and friendly and parent involvement is encouraged by the school. The school holds a monthly meeting for parents to attend and learn more about how they can help as well as upcoming events/activities at the school. I would highly recommend HCLA to anyone with school-age children.

  • (4 months ago)

    Holy Cross is by far one of the best schools I have seen. The teachers are extremely caring. The level of education is significantly better and their approach is top notch. The bonus is it is a Christian based school which was the cherry on top for me personally. I wish all schools were like Holy Cross.

  • (4 months ago)

    HCLA is an amazing school staffed with professionals who care about every child- academically emotionally & spiritually!

  • (1 year ago)

    This was my daughter's first year at HCLA 2nd grade. Her teacher is very attentive and caring. The class size was about 13 per class and the curriculum challenging. My daughter has adhd and can be easily distracted and the teacher communicated with me regularly about a plan that we put into place at the beginning of the year. She went from 'yellows' to 'greens' on a weekly basis and has a sense of empowerment that she didn't have in kindergarten and first grade at our local public school. She has definitely integrated a lot of positive self talk and improved self image since going there. She knows about God's love and is being taught daily how to be a 'shining light to others'. It is a huge difference from last year. The staff is very friendly and professional. The building is very clean and safe. They really strive to provide healthy meals for lunches and snacks too. Field trips are included in the annual book fees. The school environment is peaceful and quiet and the kids look happy. I love this school and would highly recommend it. They are expanding to the 12th grade starting next year too. )

  • (1 year ago)

    Great school with caring teachers and a challenging curriculum. Couldn't ask for a better experience for my two children.

  • (1 year ago)

    Holy Cross is an Amazing Christian School. This is our first year at the school and my son is doing well. He is in 7th grade and I love the smaller class size and hands-on teaching the teachers give to all the students. I also love that he has a Bible Class everyday and is participating in confirmation at the school. Mr. Fowler the PE coach is a great role model both in character and fitness. My son is Gifted and is challenged in his classes in Holy Cross. The teachers really care about students success and take special care to make sure students understand the material before moving on. I feel like my son's education is individualized for him and he is even taking classes towards high school credit. My son enjoys going to school! The PTA is also incredible and works hard to help make the school a success! The principal Mrs. Hoyer really cares about the school and is a hands on leader! Keep up the good work Holy Cross!

  • (3 years ago)

    Holy Cross has been a wonderful place for our 2 children. Each year that we've been here they have been able to add a new program or extra-curricular activity and more good things are on the way! The academics are very strong the music program is great and growing and the staff are loving committed and wonderful role models. A great value and a great education.

  • (3 years ago)

    My children have benefited from attending Holy Cross Lutheran Academy. They are academically challenged within this great environment. The community involvement that is fostered here and in connection with Holy Cross Lutheran church is having a great impact on them now and for years to come.

  • (4 years ago)

    The principal of this school is a wonderful smart and caring woman. We are very pleased that we started this year. Our daughter is in 6th grade and she seems very happy and involved. The teachers are very responsive and although she has had a couple of problems they have been addressed. I highly recommend this school especially for the advanced middle school curriculum and small Christian environment.

  • (4 years ago)

    Our kids have been at this school since pre-school and we have loved it. The small environment is perfect and the communications with teacher has been great until this year. Our oldest is in 4th grade and we have had a rocky year. We have gone to the Principal a couple of times but nothing has changed. I never thought we would ever consider taking our kids out of this school but now we are. My heart is breaking because this institution has been like family to us. I'm just praying for God to guide us in the right direction and HE will tell if we should or should not.

  • (6 years ago)

    My two children attend Holy Cross (Sanford Campus) and I couldn't be more happy about our choice. The teachers are caring and the class sizes are small. My daughter has grown both intellectually and spiritually beyond any goals that I imagined. I can't recommend this place enough.

  • (6 years ago)

    My daughter goes to VPK. I have friends that are teachers speech therapists and tell me how far advanced is her curriculum. Her teacher disciplines her class and at the same time is loved by all her students. My daughter loves to go to school and I am so proud that she has learned so much... much more than most kids her age.

  • (6 years ago)

    my son started holy cross in the middle of 3rd grade and has started 4th this year. We love this school. The staff are friendly and loving the teachers are caring. I am soooo glad we found this school

  • (6 years ago)

    My children started here last school year after attending public school. Within just a week they were saying how much they loved their new school. The class sizes are small so teachers have more time to spend with each student. Teachers also keep in close contact with parents unlike anything we ever experienced at public school. I was able to keep on top of my children's progress and correct things (such as missing assignments) before they became a problem. Our child was struggling when he entered Holy Cross but within a month or so he was thriving all due to the attention given to him by his wonderful caring teacher. The school stresses good Christian ideals and makes it evident in all their teachings. I highly recommend Holy Cross Academy!

  • (7 years ago)

    My daughter goes to the pre-k program at the Sanford Campus and she has grown leaps and bounds. Her teacher is amazing and she loves it. I was nervous at first about sending her anywhere and the staff has made her experience exceptional!

  • (7 years ago)

    Holy Cross Academy is a wonderful school. The teachers and principal are caring and create a very positive and nurturing environment for their students!

  • (8 years ago)

    My son attends the Holy Cross Preschool at the church on Sun Dr. Everyone there is patient and loving toward the children. My son loves going there to play with his classmates (great playground for the little ones) and I'm amazed at how much he grasped the bible teachings. We plan on sending him back again next year!

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