The high school division of Sacred Heart Schools, Sacred Heart Preparatory, offers a rigorous college prep program in the interest of a larger purpose: to create global citizens who have the tools to engage and make a difference in the world. Our academic program challenges students to think critically about society and its values while encouraging them to become thoughtful participants in the exchange of ideas. Our students explore the connection between faith and reason and develop an appreciation for the role of prayer and reflection in the intellectual life.
Our educational philosophy is grounded in the belief that learning is a life-long process and that the development of the skills necessary for a life of purpose are rooted in the love of learning. It is our goal to graduate student leaders who love God and serve others.
Small class sizes and student-centered teaching and learning activities ensure that all students are engaged every day, and class discussions are a valued and essential component of the educational experience. Teachers employ a wide variety of assessment methods, including objective and free response tests, essays, research papers, oral presentations, group projects, and performances.
Graduation requirements meet or exceed other independent or Catholic schools in the area, and student performance on national standardized tests reflects the high academic standards in place. Students find themselves extraordinarily well prepared for college, university life and beyond.
Graduation Requirements for Classes of 2014, 2015, 2016
Graduation Requirements for Class of 2017 and beyond
Honors and AP Credit
Honors courses are available for Freshmen in math, science and foreign language. In other subject areas, honors courses are available beginning in the Sophomore year. Advanced placement courses are offered in 20 subjects across the curriculum. Approximately 450 AP exams are administered each May, more than 80 percent of which receive passing scores.
Senior Independent Projects
Seniors who have demonstrated extraordinary achievement in an area of study may undertake a Senior Independent Honors Project. With the guidance of on-campus and off-campus mentors, students engage in a semester of self-directed study on a topic of their own choosing. Recent projects have explored such topics as Dante’s Inferno, globalization, multivariable calculus, opera singing, U.S. immigration, the dictatorship novel in Latin America, and the concept of fear as a religious category.
The Service Learning Department at SHP is integral to the school’s mission to educate the "whole" child based on Goal III of the Goals and Criteria of the Network of Sacred Heart Schools: to educate to a social awareness that impels to action. Students develop this social awareness through critical service learning: experiential learning that connects direct community service with specific issues of social justice. Through the Service Learning Department at SHP, students develop civic leadership skills, think critically about the world around them, and learn how to take immediate action. SHP has specific community partners with whom we work closely, sharing each other’s gifts in a true spirit of reciprocal partnership. Students are empowered to engage in local, national, and international service projects that enable them to act in solidarity with marginalized communities, break the service provider-recipient divide, and make lasting change in both themselves and the community.
The academic program at Sacred Heart is college preparatory, and the culmination of four successful years at Sacred Heart is admission to some of the nation's most respected colleges and universities. By providing the best staffing, resources and support to the College Counseling Program, the school commits itself to working closely and personally with each student and family through the college selection, application and admission process. Although the annual list of college matriculations brings great pride to the Sacred Heart community, the school measures outcomes of the College Counseling Program not by the names of the colleges on the list, but by its confidence in knowing that each graduate will attend a college where he or she will be happy, fulfilled, challenged and successful. There are six staff members whose sole and full-time responsibility is working with students and parents in the College Counseling Office. There is also a part-time Athletic Advisor for the college-bound athlete. Beginning with an introductory program for parents of freshmen and then with the freshmen, the college counselors regularly offer workshops, meetings, receptions and panels for students and/or parents of each grade level. Specialized topics for some programs include financial aid and merit scholarships, family transition issues, and application essay writing.