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.


Last month, Second Class teacher Miss Christina Soukenik ’12, attended the new Aspiring Leaders program for Network of Sacred Heart School educators. Aspiring Leaders are nominated by their schools and recognized for their leadership gifts and commitment to Sacred Heart education. Miss Soukenik was nominated for this two-year cohort which matches each Aspiring Leader with a Mentor and a Religious of the Sacred Heart to support their growth.

Country Fair 2022

October 11, 2022

We could not have had a better day for Country Fair! We are so grateful to our Academy community for the amazing support. From student performances to fantastic food and beverages to crafts, sweet treats, games, inflatables and more, Sacred Heart spirit was in the air.

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!

From the Heart, Community Voices

Community Voices

From the Heart

November 18, 2022

Tomorrow we will celebrate the feast of St. Philippine Duchesne and share some thoughts from Alara McLeane, Seventh Class.

Being a student at the Academy of the Sacred Heart is an honor and a privilege. The ASH atmosphere is such a fun-loving, enthusiastic environment to be in. I came here in Primary when I was five years old. On my first day of school, an eighth-grader walked me in. I saw many friendly, smiling faces when I entered the classroom.

Now, seven years later, I get to experience more independence. I have a keycard to enter buildings as I choose, I am able to transfer to classes without supervision, and the Seventh and Eighth grade classes have assignments in our various clubs that we must make sure we get completed by a certain deadline for our team.

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.