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About the Academy

The Academy of the Sacred Heart is a Catholic, independent school that offers students the opportunity to learn and grow in a safe and happy environment. Our preschool through eighth grade program focuses on building strong academic skills while fostering independent learning and communication. Curriculum highlights include: three Science labs, 1:1 computing, French and Spanish, daily Physical Education, and recognized Art and Music programs.

Founded in 1818 by St. Philippine Duchesne, the Academy was the first of many Sacred Heart schools established in the United States. Our mission is to educate and inspire the heart and mind of each child to become a courageous and confident leader who knows and loves God, and who reveals that love by serving others. Our graduates are young men and women well prepared for the challenges of high school, college, and beyond.


Where and how our students enter the Academy matters. It matters as the greeting the students receive sets the tone for their day. It matters for the safety of the students and staff. And, it matters for the ease of finding their way…independently.

Congratulations to our Eighth Class students who all received their high school acceptances on Feb. 2! From yard signs to personalized videos, and everything in between, our students were officially and joyfully accepted into the high school of his/her choice.

Event has been rescheduled due to inclement weather. New date is Sunday, March 3.

Come be part of the heart during Open House! We’ll have hands-on activities in classrooms, student performances, tours of the school, a hot chocolate bar, sweet treats and more!

On Jan. 29, 10 of our middle school students competed in a GeoBee, sponsored by National Geographic. Thousands of schools participate each year, and the top 100 test scorers become eligible for the State Bee on Mar. 29. 

The 9th Annual Lovin’ from the Oven Charity Breakfast, benefiting SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital, will be held at the Academy of the Sacred Heart’s campus on Saturday, Feb. 23 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. 

Head of School Blog
Susan Tyree Dempf, Ph.D.

February 4, 2019

I wish that within the English language there was a deeper expression of gratitude than simply “thank you.”  It seems so inappropriate to offer the same words of gratitude for your vote of confidence, (expressed through a confirmed desire to continue our relationship as parents and educators) as would be offered when presented with a refill of my Pepsi at a local restaurant!  Yet I shall say it nonetheless—“Thank You.”

Recently I was asked by a prospective parent—“what differentiates an Academy education from that of (fill in the blank) or any other Catholic school?”  As they had offered a specific school, I promptly reviewed the academic differentiators—single gender classes in the middle school, three Science labs, a teacher dedicated to teaching only Science in the Lower School, the offering of both French and Spanish language instruction, quality daily Physical Education for all students in both indoor and outdoor learning environments, the new Kocs Computer Lab and 1:1 availability of devices in the classrooms across all grades, project-based experiential learning, customized instruction and support of a learning consultant.

While I was on a roll, I knew I had not yet even touched upon the greatest differentiators…our greatest differentiator comes from our shared understanding that together as parents and educators we seek to inspire students with a life-long love of learning and a clear sense of hope…hope as individuals, hope for our community and hope for our world.  How do we do this?  We do this by understanding that God is made manifest in this world through us, though our love and our actions that reflect that love. 

When a teacher comes in early to help a student grow in his/her understanding of a Math concept, when a student stops to greet another in the hall with a smile and a hug, when a parent makes a second trip to bring in their child’s blazer for Mass, when the call for food baskets results in hundreds donated, when students willingly sleep in a box on the front lawn to grow in understanding and empathy for those suffering homelessness, when someone takes the time to just listen…these are the moments that distinguish our community…because it is in these moments that love is put into action.  It is in these moments that this first Sacred Heart School in the Americas becomes more than an educational institution- together we become the eyes and hands of Christ to one another.

And that is why, ‘thank you’ is so very insufficient.

Gratefully united in our mission,

Dr. Dempf

February 4, 2019

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The Goals of Sacred Heart Education

A personal and active faith in God.
A deep respect for intellectual values.
A social awareness which impels to action.
The building of community as a Christian value.
Personal growth in an atmosphere of wise freedom.

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