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.



Third Class students visited Lower School classrooms to encourage support of their Toy Drive for Santa’s Helpers! Donations of NEW toys for any age or gift cards (at least $10 value) to purchase a toy are greatly appreciated. Once donations are collected, Academy teachers will wrap the toys.


The Academy community honored veterans with a touching Prayer Service planned by the Third and Fourth Classes. Several family members who are Veterans joined for the program, which included a flag procession led by the Scouts. Students shared heartfelt reflections, poems, prayers and songs.


The Head of School Search continues with a Search Consultant visit next week from Risa Oganesoff Heersche and Mathew Heersche with Educational Directions. They will be on campus to learn more about the Academy and its community as part of the search process.


Thank you to all of our golfers, sponsors and volunteers who supported the 2021 Academy Classic Golf Tournament. It was wonderful seeing many Academy parents, alumni, parents of alumni, grandparents, board members and friends!


WELCOME to the 2021-2022 school year! This morning we began our 203rd school year and welcomed 1-8 Class students! It is wonderful having Academy students back on campus and we wish them a joyful and growth-filled year.

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

December 3, 2021

Dear Academy families and friends,

Last Sunday we entered into the liturgical season of Advent — a time when we as Christians ready ourselves to celebrate the coming of Christ into the world. It is a period of preparation and anticipation. In this first week of Advent we focus on hope — the hope for that which is yet to come, that which sits on the horizon, but is not yet within reach.

Hope supports the emotional well being of all. After a year of COVID precautions and separation, hope for a better day is essential. “Hope is seen as an active process of conscious and unconscious reasoning.” Hope is fueled by optimism and an outlook that each of us has the ability to bring about positive change for ourselves and for others. In this season of Advent, where are your hopes centered? This is a wonderful time of the year to reflect on this simple question.

One of our greatest challenges to experiencing a rich experience of hope comes from living in a world ripe with instant gratification and immediate response. One of my favorite spaces at the Academy is a small room on the second floor of the 1836 building — it once was the community room for the Religious of the Sacred Heart. In this little chamber I envision Philippine sitting by the hearth waiting for a response to one of her many letters to Madeleine Sophie. The patience and the trust she had, confident that a reply would come, is a lesson for us all.

Recently, I read a quote from Janet Erskine Stuart, RSCJ that connects with this season of anticipation of Christmas. Mother Stuart stated

Preparation is spoilt by impatience and want of resignation. If the vision make any delay, wait for it, for it will surely come and shall not tarry. Few things are so restless, unsatisfactory and useless as impatient waiting — especially following on hurried preparation, and one of the hardest gravest lessons is to learn to wait with patience and resignation. If Advent adds any of these qualities to our spirit of preparation, it will have been well spent.

In this season of anticipation, may you truly experience hope. May it linger in your heart and home across these weeks of Advent.

United on this journey,

Dr. Susan Dempf
Head of School


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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.