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.


Carol Pfitzinger has served as the director of the Shrine of St. Rose Philippine Duchesne for the last 30 years. For over three decades, she has welcomed visitors from around the world in addition to countless local groups to the Shrine to learn more about our beloved foundress.

Thank you to all of our Little Acorn, Pre-Primary, and Primary dads who came to campus for Donuts with Dads!  We hope you had a great time with your little one while catching a glimpse of the love and learning they experience here at the Academy.


Our Middle School Sneak Peek is one week away! Have you signed your child up yet? Join us on Tuesday, Jan. 29 to discover how our small, single gender classes will enhance your child’s middle school experience. RSVP here.

Our Christmas Camp was a huge success! From Dec. 10-12, students got into the holiday spirit with a range of after-school activities. They decorated candy cane gingerbread houses, made ornaments and jewelry, learned how to dance to the Nutcracker, and more!

Congratulations to the Academy’s three robotics teams, consisting of Fifth, Sixth, and Seventh class students, that competed in the First Lego League Tournament last Saturday! Our teams competed against 21 other teams from the St. Louis region.

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

December 4, 2018

This past Sunday we entered into the holy season of Advent, the first season of the Catholic Liturgical Calendar. It is a time when we as a community of the faithful prepare our homes, places of worship and most especially ourselves for the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus and ultimately the second coming of Christ at the end of time.

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Merry Christmas

Thank You

Feast of the Immaculate Conception

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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