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Why 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.


Please join us for Alumni Congé Reunion 2023 on Saturday, June 10!

  • 4 p.m. — Mass in the Shrine of St. Rose Philippine Duchesne, followed by recognition of Milestone Classes.
  • 5:30 p.m. — Reception in the Griesedieck Conference Room and Outdoors

In March, the Academy welcomed 12 young women (8 eighth graders and 4 ninth graders) as well as their teachers Yasuko Taguchi, RSCJ and Akiko Ichikawa from Sapporo Sacred Heart School along with Donna Collins, RSCJ to our campus. The group stayed in the Duchesne Center (above the Primary wing), enjoyed area sightseeing and spending time with our students.

Today we celebrate the Eighth Class boys basketball team, coached by Jeff Kinney ’95. A few weeks ago, they finished their season with an exciting game against All Saints and won 57-47! Their student cheering section definitely added to the great energy. In addition, it was a joy to recognize their parents during a special ceremony at half-time. What a way to end the season!

Books for Newborns

March 11, 2023

Thank you to ALL who supported the Third and Fourth Class book collection for Books for Newborns! It was an incredible success and we exceeded our goal of 1,000 with 1,562 books collected! Students promoted, collected, sorted and bagged books daily, then helped load up the vehicles yesterday. These books will fill 550 book bags for older siblings of newborns! Way to go, ASH!

Super Student Ice Hockey

March 1, 2023

Academy super student ice hockey players have wrapped up (or are finishing) their seasons! Hockey requires extensive commitment from players and their families with several practices a week, off-ice training, weekend games and tournament travel. For students to balance their school work and Academy extra-curriculars with the time it takes to practice and play is a testament to their growth in time management and organization skills.

From the Heart, Community Voices

Community Voices

From the Heart

May 26, 2023

A message from Mr. Horner…

“It is easy to fall in love with our school.” This wisdom was shared with me early in my time on campus and is perhaps the wisest comment I have heard all year.

Here on the feast day of St. Madeleine Sophie Barat, my thoughts go to Goal 4 – the building of community as a Christian value. This year, I have experienced the joy, camaraderie and distinctive spirit that exists at our school. St. Madeleine Sophie said, “Be humble, be simple, and bring joy to others,” and our students, faculty, and staff live that daily.

To our students: Thank you for your warm smiles, your laughter, your kindness, your support of each other. Thank you for taking risks and growing in courage and confidence!

To our faculty: Thank you for all that you do, noticed and unnoticed, for the joy and warmth you meet each student with and for your dedication of time, your care for each student as a person of God, and for helping them become life-long learners.

To our parents and community: Your outpouring of support and generosity have been humbling. I am deeply grateful for your warm welcome this year and for partnering with you for the sake of this extraordinary school.

Thank you all. Have a great summer, and I look forward to welcoming you back next year with a fist bump!

She has struck deep roots in American soil, and they will one day reap an abundant harvest.

— Fr. Peter DeSmet of St. Philippine Duchesne

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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.