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Mission and Educational Philosophy

A Mission

Sacred Heart Schools, Atherton is an independent, Catholic school as interpreted and lived by the Society of the Sacred Heart (RSCJ).

Our mission and values cultivate in our students a personal and active faith in God and lay the foundation for a meaningful life.

A Purpose

Since 1898, Sacred Heart Schools, Atherton has embraced its historic legacy, which traces its roots back to 18th century France. Grounded in the heritage, ministry, and spirituality of our founding Order—the Society of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (RSCJ)—and the tradition of the Roman Catholic Church, our bold mission demands that as a school and as a community we remain clear about the sacred charge we have been given to educate, inspire, and prepare students to transform the world in which they will enter.

The core of our educational experience, therefore, is to ensure that all SHS students:

  • develop the habits of mind that enable skillful reflection and analysis;
  • become ever more aware of truth, love, and freedom;
  • discover the significance of their lives, and devote themselves to others;
  • are able to recognize and encounter the love of Jesus;
  • let their lives be shaped by an active faith.

To achieve this mission, we are guided by an educational philosophy—articulated in the Goals and Criteria of a Sacred Heart education which gives purpose to our objectives and inspiration for all that we do on a daily basis.

Our Legacy

We continue to be guided by the vision of Sts. Madeleine Sophie Barat and Rose Philippine Duchesne, whose faith, determination, and courage brought Sacred Heart education to North America and countries all over the globe. Today, we also rely on guidance from the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (RSCJ), who continue to work for a world in which God's dream of justice and peace is realized through the work of education. Included in the Society’s work are reparations for slavery in the United States in the era leading up to the Civil War. SHS addresses this problematic history of the Society in our classrooms, and is committed to providing an environment where each student is cared for and valued; and a culture that respects the traditions and heritage of historically underrepresented groups. Learn more about the RSCJ and their priorities by visiting the links at right. 

Sacred Heart Schools Atherton

Sacred Heart Schools, Atherton

150 Valparaiso Ave
Atherton, CA 94027
650 322 1866
Founded by the Society of the Sacred Heart, SHS is a Catholic, independent, co-ed day school for students in preschool through grade 12