Since 1898, Sacred Heart has been educating students to become exceptional leaders who love God and serve others. Grounded in the spirituality of our founding Order—the Society of the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (RSCJ)—and the evolving tradition of the Roman Catholic Church, this mission emphasizes development of the whole child, delivered through a framework of Christian values.
To achieve our mission, we look to the Goals and Criteria of a Sacred Heart education, which gives purpose to our objectives, context for our educational philosophy, and inspiration for all that we do on a daily basis. We are further guided by the RSCJ charism and conviction that unite us with Schools of the Sacred Heart around the globe, and we take great pride in our goal to educate to a personal and active faith in God and to promote in our students an intellectual curiosity that leads to a lifelong learning.
Tracing its heritage back to 19th century France, Sacred Heart Schools, Atherton is part of a network of schools worldwide carrying out the mission of founder St. Madeleine Sophie Barat and the Society of the Sacred Heart.
While the vast majority of Sacred Heart schools today have lay leaders and faculty, the institution’s founding Order--the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (RSCJ)--continue to closely guide the overall network via a common framework: the Goals and Criteria of a Sacred Heart Education.
Launched in 2015, Vision 2025 provides a mapping of the institution’s goals for its next decade, detailed through the lens of four driving priorities: Intellectual Formation, Character Formation, Community, and Stewardship.