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Sacred Heart Academy: A Proud Catholic School

Our spiritual foundation.

We believe that all God's creation speaks of God's love and boundless affection for us.  We believe in the power of God's truth to transform ourselves, our students, and our world.


Our mission.

Rooted in the Gospel of Jesus, and steeped in the tradition and spirituality of the Sisters of St. Joseph, the mission of Sacred Heart Academy is to live and witness unity, reconciliation, justice, peace, and God's inclusive love.


Our vision.

Sacred Heart Academy is the Catholic college preparatory school of choice for young women with strong academic and leadership potential who wish to make a difference in their communities, the Church, and the world.


Values are inclusive love, compassion, mercy, forgiveness, peace, honesty, responsibilty, kindness, to give and not expect anything in return. A love that is active: removes shame, discrimination, violence, hatred, divisions. Values our personal lives and world needs.


The mission of SHA is Living Jesus' values of a love marked by inclusion, unity, reconciling differences, justice and peace. Striving to live this day by day; makes a difference-- Makes Sacred Heart a Catholic school.


Of course Sacred Heart Academy offers a robust theology department that offers many opportunities for reflection and discussion. These courses include: Hebrew and Christian Scriptures, Doctrines of the Church, Sacraments, Church History, Morality, and the Social Teachings of the Church. In addition students select from electvies such as: Quest for Peace and Ethics in Healthcare

Each SHA student is required to do service---a service that addresses a need of our times and helps our students focus on others less fortunate than themselves and feel as if they make a difference in the world.

Through service, girls begin to identify their calling: each of us has a calling to meet one of the world's hungers. Their courses, clubs, as well as food, clothing and toy drives, help the girls put their faith into action and heal a hurting world.



Worship is important as it provides the opportunity to feel closer to God, to meet other Catholic girls with the same beliefs and to feel a part of a community of believers who regularly come together to express their faith in prayer.



  • Each day begins and ends with prayer.
  • School-wide Liturgies are held on all holy days and special events.
  • Class Liturgies give students an opportunity for small group worship and prayer.
  • Friday Liturgies are a regular feature at SHA.
  • Students participate at Liturgies by being lectors, altar servers, and gift bearers. In senior year, students can become Eucharistic Ministers.
  • During Lent, priests join our community to offer the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
  • Rosary Sodality meets regularly to pray the rosary.
  • Special prayer and reflection times are scheduled during Advent and Lent.
The courses each student takes in the Theology Department, prayer and worship in the Catholic tradition, service requirements and opportunities, and values. So often, Catholic parents and parents of other religions choose to send their children to Catholic schools because of the values that are taught and that set high expectations. These are the values Jesus lived, taught and witnessed.
Jesus taught values everyone should live:  respect for everyone and all God's creation, compassion, honesty, and forgiveness. Jesus taught us how to live an active love: a love that removes poverty, injustice, hatred, violence and divisions. These values give us purpose and vision for living that is personal and social; values that develop the best in us and foster the good of the family, neighborhood and world.
Striving to live these values day by day is part of what makes SHA a Catholic school and our world a better place.