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.


Happy Founder’s Day!

September 14, 2022

Happy Founder’s Day to our Academy of the Sacred Heart families, alumni and friends!

In 1818 Philippine Duchesne, along with four other Religious of the Sacred Heart, endured a long and difficult journey from Paris to New Orleans to St. Louis, then on to the tiny frontier town of St. Charles. Here, on September 14, 1818, the “first free school west of the Mississippi” opened in a primitive log cabin, fondly referred to as the Duquette Mansion.

It was a joyful celebration of the Academy community today as students, faculty and staff, parents, RSCJ, alumni, parents of alumni, Board of Trustees members and friends gathered for the Commissioning Ceremony of Mr. Tim Horner.

First Day of School

August 15, 2022

Happy First Day of School! This morning the wait was over and we were excited to welcome Academy students and Mr. Tim Horner as new Head of School!

The Class of 2018 is heading to colleges and universities across the country! To see the latest list, be sure to visit our Graduates’ Gallery. We wish these young men and women courage and confidence as they embark on the next chapter of their education and continue to pursue their dreams!

Christmas in July!

July 7, 2022

We were thrilled to have a delivery of new devices today! The Microsoft Surface Laptop Go is a 12.4″ touchscreen device that each Fifth, Sixth, and Seventh Class student will have as part of our 1:1 laptop program. 

We are grateful to the generous donors at Chemin de Fer, whose contributions to our technology Fund the Need made this possible.

From the Heart, Community Voices

Community Voices

From the Heart

School Calendar

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.