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What it means to be a child of the Sacred Heart
In this video, listen to alums discuss what being a child of the Sacred Heart means to them and take a quick glimpse into a day in the life of a student at the Academy.
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“Coming to a Sacred Heart school, you have entered into a family, and have come to a home.”
These words, excerpted from “Life at the Sacred Heart,” are a true reflection of the Academy. Many families say they genuinely feel a part of our family. Relationships are integral to who we are as a Sacred Heart school, and that key element helps enrich our community. Whether it’s the care and dedication our teachers show to each child, our students and adults who respectfully greet each other in the halls, or the way we come together in prayer, we strive to be the heart of Jesus to one another.
Thank you both for doing such a great job. You have implemented something that no one has had to do. You have adjusted and moved fluidly to make things seem right. And I can’t thank you enough.The way your phenomenal staff has worked so hard to make it as right as it can be, has been amazing. These teachers are simply the best!They say you can’t explain it. They say you’ll never understand, until you have been there or have children that go there. And I am so right and my parents are so right, in saying those very words!I am overwhelmingly proud to be an Alum of The Academy of the Sacred Heart but more proud to be a parent of children who get to experience what it means to go to a place that is more than just a school, it is home. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!— Carie (Covilli '91) Brown, current parent
We really appreciate the straightforward and streamlined presentation of materials and videos for parents and students. The daily checklist with bullets makes it easy for Will to understand exactly what he needs to accomplish each day. Everything makes perfect sense because your communication is so concise and precise! Your instructional videos are also extremely well done, and Will and I both loved the brain break exercise class you offered today!
We just cannot thank you enough for making this transition as smooth as possible. My husband and I are delighted that Will is still learning so much while all of this is happening.— Ivy Stewart, current parent
Why the Academy?
If you are looking for an elementary school that offers a challenging curriculum, emphasizes character formation, and focuses on the growth of the whole child… a school that values its Catholic heritage and tradition, respect for oneself and others, and academic excellence in its course of studies… you’ll find it at the Academy of the Sacred Heart.
Read what parents are saying about the Academy on Niche.com.
Why an Independent School?
As a parent, you want what is best for your child. As you begin to investigate schools you will want to keep in mind what sort of environment will best allow your child to grow spiritually, intellectually and socially. To learn more about choosing an independent school, visit Independent Schools of St. Louis.
Why a Sacred Heart School?
If you have already decided upon a religious-based education, then a Sacred Heart education may be what you are looking for. We are a mission-driven school and are fully committed to revealing the love of Jesus each day to every child. As one of 24 Network of Sacred Heart Schools in the United States and Canada, we share the same philosophy of education that was established more than 200 years ago by St. Madeleine Sophie Barat.
The Religious of the Sacred Heart have long espoused education of the whole child. Their program of studies has also been aptly described as “education of the heart and mind.”
However you describe it, a Sacred Heart School is a place where your child will be known and loved!
We like to tell people that Academy graduates are well prepared for the challenges of high school. But don’t take our word for it. Here are comments from high school administrators about students who’ve attended the Academy.
- “The Academy of the Sacred Heart students that attend Villa Duchesne are some of our best and brightest young women. These students are leaders in and out of the classroom. The ASH/Villa girls are consistently earning academic honors and are often the first to volunteer for service programs. They have a passion for living and giving. These students are confident, informed, spiritually centered and responsible. Their academic preparation coupled with their knowledge and love of the Goals and Criteria make them great additions to Villa and to the world!”
—Therese Hagemeister, Director of Enrollment Management, Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School
- "St. Louis University High students from the Academy of the Sacred Heart are consistently well prepared for and successfully complete the coursework required at SLUH. They are academically curious, embrace new challenges, eager to explore new ideas, regularly put their faith in action and demonstrate the empathy and love that is expected in the SLUH community."
—Brock Kesterson, ASH ' 89, Dean of Students & Assistant Principal for Student Life, St. Louis University High
- “De Smet Jesuit is extremely proud of the excellent young men currently enrolled from the Academy of the Sacred Heart. While maintaining an average GPA of 3.75, they continually thrive and stay active at De Smet Jesuit by participating in Campus Ministry, Athletics, Medical Clubs, National Honor Society, Kairos Retreats, Model U.N., and Robotics. They are true ‘Men For and With Others’ and lead our school academically, spiritually and emotionally.”
—Tim Sullivan, Director of Parent Engagement, De Smet Jesuit
- “St. Joseph's Academy has been so fortunate to have a number of Academy of the Sacred Heart students attend and thrive at our school! Students from ASH are very well prepared for their transition to high school, both academically and as citizens of their community. These young women from ASH jump right into academically challenging courses and extracurricular activities. They serve our mission of making a profound impact on the world!"
—Dianne Dunning-Gill, Director of Enrollment Management, St. Joseph's Academy
- “Academy of the Sacred Heart is a school that is synonymous with academic excellence. We see this excellence in the students who come to CBC. These are students who are prepared academically for the rigorous environment of our Honors Program. However, more impressive is the fact that these young men have immersed themselves in the total CBC experience. They exemplify the brotherhood and community that CBC expects from our young men.”
—Jim Brockman, Vice President, CBC High School
“Academy of the Sacred Heart girls thrive at Viz. These students come to us well-prepared, balanced, and ready for a challenge. We welcome ASH girls to share their many talents and gifts with our Viz community. We value the emphasis on academics and character development at your Academy and find the transition to be very smooth into our Academy.”
—Sharon Spellman, Director of Admissions, Visitation Academy
"We at MICDS are so very grateful and proud of our students from the Academy of the Sacred Heart. They have excelled academically, displayed amazing citizenship, and have contributed to the school community in so many positive ways. We look forward to fostering our relationship with Academy of the Sacred Heart in order to have more of their students in the future. "
—Teron Sutherlin, Associate Director of Admission - Upper School at MICDS
- “The Academy of Sacred Heart provides a superior academic program which prepares students for Incarnate Word Academy. At our college-preparatory high school, ASH students not only make a seamless academic transition, but have a confidence and a sense of purpose that enhances the IWA community. ASH alumnae embody our mission statement of following the example of Jesus and leaving a positive impact on our world. They are a wonderful asset to our school."
—Lauren Cardwell Keeven, Principal, Incarnate Word Academy
To begin the admissions process, please submit an inquiry and we will contact you with further information.
While the Academy does have open enrollment throughout the school year, following the Admissions timeline will best ensure a smooth transition for your child.
- Little Acorns applicants must be three years old by July 1 and be potty trained.
- Pre-Primary applicants must be four years old by July 1.
- Primary students must be five years old by July 1. Current class size permitting, qualified applicants are accepted into Grades 1-7.
Visit our school
The best way to get to know us is to spend some time at the Academy. Please contact our admissions office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Submit an Application
There is a $100 application fee, payable electronically. Parents will also need to submit their child’s baptismal certificate (if applicable). For children entering Grades 1–7, a completed teacher recommendation form and most recent report card/test scores are required. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, as space is available in each class.
Schedule a visit with our Head of School
A conversation with Head of School is an opportunity to discuss the Academy’s mission, highlight the school/parent partnership and helps us to learn more about your hopes for your child and answer your questions.
Attend a Screening
Each child is screened to assess his or her level of readiness for the curriculum. Little Acorns are exempt from the screening process.
Spend a Day with Us
Applicants in grades 3–7 are invited to spend a day in the classroom.
Admissions is on a rolling basis. As the application process is completed and admissions packets are reviewed, acceptance letters are mailed.
Each student is considered individually when applying for admission to the Academy of the Sacred Heart. Acceptance is based upon screening results, records of previous academic performance, teacher recommendation (if applicable), and parent conversations.
The Academy of the Sacred Heart does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin in admission of students or in the administration of its educational or athletic programs.
What is the academy's accreditation?
The Academy of the Sacred Heart is a member of the following: Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), Independent Schools of St. Louis (ISSL), National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA), and the Network of Sacred Heart Schools. The Academy is accredited through the National Federation of Nonpublic School State Accrediting Association.
How do you describe your academic program?
Sacred Heart schools seek to educate the whole child—heart, body and spirit as well as the mind. Strong character habits, respect for oneself and others, and a compassion and concern for those less fortunate are integral to our education. Our curriculum is rigorous, which implies the depth of instruction as well as the pace that students move through the materials. Advanced materials are used in some content areas (more so in the Middle School). Because learning is much more than memorization, our aim is that our students express their ideas clearly (both in written form and verbally) and apply their thoughts to what is happening in the world around them. To help our children learn to think critically and creatively, to be problem solvers, to love learning and to rise to challenges are all hallmarks of Sacred Heart education.
Emotional and behavioral skills are just as important as academics. Students learn to collaborate and compromise by working in groups. They learn to cooperate by sharing materials and thoughts. And, they learn to resolve their differences in a respectful manner.
How do you address differentiated learning?
Our small class sizes (generally, an average of 14 in a classroom) allow our teachers to focus on each child’s individual strengths and areas for growth. Differentiated instruction emphasizes maximum growth and individual success. To this end, teachers try to provide multiple avenues and strategies to allow each student to demonstrate his or her abilities. This approach allows each child to build on skills to reach an even greater potential.
Is there an accelerated program for students?
All children are gifted and deserve to be enriched through their educational experiences. Each child has his or her own strengths and areas of challenge. We strive to cultivate, nurture and provide opportunities to explore and enrich those strengths and to use those to work on challenges. Our teachers look for ways both inside and outside the classroom to broaden and extend thinking for all students. To meet the needs of all our children at both ends of the learning spectrum, we have additional personnel resources available to augment our program offerings.
What is the basis for gender-based education?
The shift from coeducational classes to single gender classes for students in grades 5, 6, 7, and 8 occurred following extensive study about the learning differences in boys and girls. Beyond the distractions that adolescents may experience in the classroom, there is some very compelling research about the physiological learning differences in boys and girls. By creating single gender classes, we can address their educational needs and create even more engaged learners.
How do you differ from a parish school?
Founded in 1818 by Rose Philippine Duchesne, a Religious of the Sacred Heart from France, the Academy of the Sacred Heart was the first free school west of the Mississippi River. As an independent Catholic school, we are governed by a Board of Trustees and share our mission, expressed in the Sacred Heart Goals and Criteria, with 24 schools in the U.S. and Canada. It is this mission, articulated by St. Madeleine Sophie Barat who founded the Society of the Sacred Heart more than 200 years ago, that distinguishes our education.
Sacred Heart schools enjoy an even wider affiliation with the individuals and institutions associated with the Society of the Sacred Heart in 44 countries around the globe, including our newest school in Uganda. The international character of Sacred Heart education helps to foster an important global awareness in our students as we strive to build a more just world.
A Sacred Heart education is distinctive in spirit as its goal is to develop thoughtful, critical thinkers who will positively impact their communities and, ultimately, their world. Time and again, we hear that our graduates are well-prepared and that they possess strong study skills, organization skills and time management skills as well as a genuine love of learning. While we are not a parish school nor financially supported by the Archdiocese of St. Louis, we are firmly rooted in the Catholic faith.
When comparing tuition, most families discover that ours is much lower than that of many of the independent schools in the area (see www.independentschools.org) and have called us a best buy in private education.
How are non-Catholic students included in the community?
The Academy welcomes students of all faiths. Currently, approximately 30% of our families are non-Catholic. All children participate in religion classes, liturgies and other prayer experiences. While we teach Catholic doctrine, every faith is embraced and children are invited to share their specific faith traditions.
As we commit ourselves to a personal and active faith in God, our primary focus is to look for ways to help our students grow to love, honor and serve God by loving, honoring and serving all people.
How is the Academy community diverse?
Approximately 20% of our students are of diverse backgrounds. We believe the more diverse the student population is, the better we are able to help educate them to respect, honor and accept one another’s uniqueness. In addition, students come from 23 zip codes and represent a range of socioeconomic backgrounds.
How often do the students have PE?
We are are pleased to offer daily physical education classes for all students (Pre-Primary–Eighth Class). Studies show that students learn better when they are able to exercise physically. Health is also an integral component of the PE curriculum.
When is international language introduced?
French is introduced in the Lower School. Beginning in Pre-Primary, vocabulary and phrases are taught. Simple prayers are added along with speaking, writing and reading in French through Fourth Class. Additionally, Spanish is introduced in Third Class and continues on in Middle School as the primary focus. Most Academy graduates are placed in Honors or second year international language classes in high school, with some testing into third year.
Is tuition assistance available?
Approximately 30% of Academy families receive tuition assistance. Tuition assistance, including scholarships, may be awarded to deserving students on the basis of need. Assistance is distributed to our current families first. Upon acceptance, new families may apply for tuition assistance on a first-come, first-serve basis, as monies are available.
Do you offer a multi-child tuition discount?
Since we are an independent school and not funded by the Archdiocese, we depend on tuition to cover our operating costs. We are unable to offer a multiple child discount, but tuition assistance is available for qualifying families.
Beyond tuition, what other expenses should I expect?
Fees vary based on grade level, please reference our fees here.
Donations to the Annual Fund, the backbone of our fundraising efforts, provide the much-needed resources to implement the development of programming. While we ask each family to consider a gift of $400 per child to the Annual Fund, often families who have the resources give over and above, while others give as they are able. Above all, participation in any amount is our ultimate goal. Our operating budget depends on these tax-deductible donations.
Like most independent schools, we rely on fundraisers to enhance our educational program. Our parents are key in this endeavour as they help us achieve success through their volunteer time and donations with our four main events: Country Fair, Trivia Night and Chemin de Fer (our annual auction).
Do you offer an early arrival or late dismissal option?
We offer both an early arrival program (6:30–7:40 a.m.) and a late dismissal program (3:45–6 p.m.). Students may be enrolled as a regular participant or use on an as-needed basis.