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School Closure Friday, November 16, 2018

Due to poor air quality, school will not be held on Friday, November 16, 2018. Some business operations will continue as usual.

Please note, there will be no academic classes or childcare available. 
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SHP Requirements & Policies

ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS

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  • GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

    In order to graduate, a student must take and pass each course listed below, and complete the given Service Learning requirement.   See below for the number of courses a student must take each semester, and for information on what are considered passing grades in the various courses at Sacred Heart Preparatory.
     
    Computer Science
    Computer Science graduation requirements for the Classes of 2019 & 2020
    • Exploring Computer Science (one semester freshman year)
    Computer Science graduation requirements for the Class of 2021 & beyond
    1 semester satisfied by any Computer Science course;
    The following three GOA courses can also fulfill this requirement:
    • GOA - Computer Science I: Computational Thinking  (Summer only)
    • GOA - Computer Science II: Java
    • GOA - iOS App Design
     
    English 
    4 years
    • English 1 (freshman year)
    • US Literature (sophomore year)
    • AP English Language [Thematic elective / British Classics] (junior year)
    • Two senior semester electives (senior year)
     
    Fine Arts
    Fine Arts graduation requirements for the Classes of 2018, 2019 & 2020
    1.5 years
    • Survey of the Arts (one semester freshman year) and one year-long UC-approved Fine Arts course OR
    • One year-long Chorus, Instrumental Music, or Dance course as a freshman AND
    • one additional semester of any UC-approved Fine Arts course
    Fine Arts graduation requirements for the Class of 2021 & beyond
    1.5 years
    • One semester of a .5 Fine Art elective and one year-long UC-approved Fine Arts course, OR
    • One year-long Chorus, Dance or Instrumental Music course as a freshman AND
    One additional semester of any Fine Arts course
     
    Health & Wellness
    Health & Wellness graduation requirements for the Class of 2021 & beyond
    1 semester
    • Many students will take the Health & Wellness (H/W) course as a freshman, although H/W can also be fulfilled post freshman year
     
    Mathematics
    2-3 years (depending on entry point)
    • Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2 (if Algebra 1 is taken as a freshman), OR
    • Geometry, and Algebra 2 (if Geometry is taken as a freshman), OR
    • Algebra 2 and Precalculus (if Algebra 2 is taken as a freshman)
     
    Religious Studies
    4 years
    • Introduction to Catholic Christianity / Personal Morality (freshman year)
    • Hebrew Scriptures / Christian Scriptures (sophomore year)
    • Social Ethics / World Religions (junior year)
    • Two semester electives (senior year)
     
    Science
    • Biology and Chemistry
    Service LearningService Learning graduation requirements for the Class of 2019
    • One Community Service Project (completed 9th and 10th grades)
    • SHP Campus Service (25 hours of service to the SHP community)
    • Class Service Days (all grade levels, once every year)
    Service Learning graduation requirements for the Class of 2020, 2021 & 2022
    • Class Service Day (9th grade)
    • Community Partner Project (10th grade)
    • Social Ethics Urban Plunge (11th grade)
    • Senior Capstone Project (12th grade)
     
    Social Science
    3 years
    • Modern World History (freshman year)
    • US History (sophomore year)
    • Two semesters OR one year-long SHP Social Science seminar (junior/senior year)
     
    World Languages
    2-3 years (depending on entry point)
    • Levels 1, 2, and 3 of the same language (for students who enter at Level 1); OR
    • Levels 2 and 3 of the same language (for students who enter at Level 2); OR
    • Level 3 and an advanced class in the same language (for students who enter at Level 3)
     
    Periods A-G Course Load
    Freshmen and sophomores typically have seven (7) classes each semester; juniors and seniors must have at least six (6) classes each semester.  Some interdisciplinary courses will count for two (2) graduation credits.  Students will graduate with a minimum of 24 credits and a maximum of 28 credits.
  • SERVICE LEARNING REQUIREMENTS

    9th Grade: Class Service Day
    Combined with their fall semester Community Day, this day is an opportunity for students to think about the connection between God, self, and others. This service day will be an introduction to SHP’s close community partner organizations, as students serve alongside classmates and faculty in the community. Students will build community with their peers and with those on the margins.
    Enduring Understandings: the connections between God, self, and others, a knowledge of and comfort with Goal III, the relationship between Goal III and Goals I & IV and the importance of service to a Sacred Heart education, an understanding of respect using the image of the iceberg to help students look twice to see what is beneath the surface of both their peers and those they serve, personal and civic responsibility.
    10th Grade: Community Partner Project
    After completing their 9th Grade Service Day, students will meet with a Service Learning Advisor to choose from a list of SHP’s six close community partner organizations for 25 hours of direct service. Journals and reflection are essential components of the experience and are recorded using x2Vol.com.
    Community Partner options:
    1) Siena Youth Center / St. Francis Center of Redwood City (youth/mentorship)
    2) St. Elizabeth Seton School (educational equity)
    3) Catholic Charities at St. Francis of Assisi Youth Club (youth/mentorship)
    4) Boys & Girls Club (youth/mentorship)
    5) St. Anthony’s Dining Hall (hunger/poverty)
    6) Peninsula Bridge Program (educational equity)
    Enduring Understandings: a deeper encounter with Goal III, specifically criterion 3: the school is linked in a reciprocal manner with ministries among people who are poor, marginalized, and suffering from injustice, an ability to ask critical questions and investigate issues and reasons that necessitate the volunteerism, recognizing and participating in efforts to make real the Kingdom of God as demonstrated in the ministry and teaching of Jesus; increased capacities of compassion and empathy for the suffering of others.
    11th Grade: Social Ethics Urban Plunge
    All students will enroll in Social Ethics and participate in one Urban Plunge as part of their junior level Religious Studies curriculum. An example of service-infused, experiential curricula, this all-day (8am-8pm) Urban Plunge will challenge students to get outside of their comfort zone by safely traveling to an impoverished urban area of San Francisco, San Jose, or Oakland. Students will identify, through direct experience, issues of poverty, gentrification, and inclusion within a local urban environment to deepen their discussions in the classroom.
    Enduring Understandings: a direct experience of urban poverty, gentrification, and the effects of skyrocketing rents on the most vulnerable in our community, an ability to engage respectfully in difficult conversations with people from all walks of life, continued efforts to make real the Kingdom of God as demonstrated in the ministry and teaching of Jesus, a real appreciation for the struggle and hardships faced by people living on the streets.
    12th Grade: Senior Capstone Project
    Students will use all they have learned about charity and justice to design and complete a Senior Capstone Project.  Each student’s Service Learning Advisor must approve project proposals.  Preparation, reflection, and advocacy components will be more emphasized to help move students from doing acts of charity to seeking justice.  Here are three examples below:
    1. Service-immersion program: a school-sponsored or school-approved service-based immersion program which includes educational, service, and reflective components.
    2. Service-infused elective/course: a service-infused course, Inquiry Lab, or Independent Study which includes an ongoing commitment to an organization or issue (direct service at least once a month), as well as educational and reflective components.
    3. Civic Engagement Hourly Project: students who enjoyed their Community Partner Project during sophomore year can continue to work with their chosen organization or can pick another with which to build a relationship. Recognizing that the goal is to authentically build community with a particular organization, details about commitment levels and duration for the project will be worked out with Service Learning advisors and the organization itself.
    Enduring Understandings: a deeper understanding of the difference between charity and justice; an awareness of  and comfort with key Catholic Social Teachings like a preferential option for the poor, human dignity, and solidarity; an increase in “critical consciousness that leads [them] to analyze and reflect on the values of society and to act for justice” (Goal III.2) specifically with regard to systematic and structural injustices; departing seniors will be challenged to consider how, moving forward, they will act for justice and sustainably become people of accompaniment and solidarity with the marginalized.
    ** Students who do not meet an annual service learning graduation requirement will not be allowed to begin their next year of classes until project completion; seniors may not participate in graduation ceremonies or receive a transcript until Capstone Project completion.  Transfer students must complete the service learning graduation requirements beginning with their year of entry. **

Academic Policies

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  • PASSING GRADES AT SHP

    SHP ties some of its graduation requirements to the minimum University of California entrance requirements (i.e., the “a-g” subject requirements – see current SHP College Handbook or UC publications for details).  In order to ensure that all of our graduates meet the minimum UC entrance requirements, a passing grade of C- or higher must be earned in SHP courses that are needed to meet those minimum UC entrance requirements.  See below for courses in each subject area that must be passed with a C- or higher. 
     
    For all other courses taken at SHP not listed below for which grades are earned, a D- or higher is considered a passing grade.  A grade of F results in no credit.  Students are required to make up any lost credit.
     
    English
    An SHP student must earn a C- or higher in the following courses:
    • English 1 (freshman year – both semesters)
    • US Literature (sophomore year – both semesters)
    • AP English Language (junior year – both semesters)
    • Two senior semester electives (senior year – both semesters)
     
    Fine Arts
    An SHP student must earn a C- or higher in both semesters of any one of the following year-long courses:
    • Dance, Intermediate & Advanced Dance
    • Introductions to Documentary and Narrative Filmmaking
    • Fundamentals of Design & Images
    • Drama
    • Chorus & Advanced Chorus
    • Instrumental Music
    • Advanced Instrumental Music
    • Photography
    • Studio Art
    • Ceramics
     
    Mathematics
    An SHP student must earn a C- or higher in both semesters of Algebra 1, Geometry and Algebra 2.  The exception to this is for those students who meet the “validation” rule.  See below for an explanation of this rule.
     
    Science
    An SHP student must earn a C- or higher in both semesters of Biology and Chemistry.
     
    Social Science
    An SHP student must earn a C- or higher in both of the following:
    • both semesters of Modern World History, AP World History, or 2 Social Science seminars
    • both semesters of US History
     
    World Languages
    An SHP student must earn a C- or higher in both semesters of level 1 and level 2 of French, Latin, Mandarin, or Spanish.  The exception to this is for those students who meet the “validation” rule.  See below for an explanation of this rule.
     
    Validation Rule
    SHP applies the University of California “validation rule” to certain Mathematics and World Language courses.  The validation rule means that a student who earns below a C- in a UC-required Mathematics or World Language course (and thus, has not passed that course) can avoid having to repeat the course by passing a subsequent Mathematics or World Language course that “validates” previous semesters of the course that was not passed with a grade of C- or higher.
     
    For example, a student who earns below a C- in the first semester of Spanish 2 but who earns a C- or higher in the second semester of Spanish 2 has “validated” the first semester of Spanish 2 and thus, does not have to repeat the first semester of Spanish 2 in summer school.  Both SHP and UC consider that such a student has fulfilled the requirements for Spanish 2.  The student may opt to repeat the first semester of Spanish 2 in order to present a higher grade to colleges; however, there is no requirement to do so. 
     
    For questions on UC’s validation rules, contact the Assistant Principal, Academic Life.
  • PLACEMENT POLICIES

    Matriculation
    Sacred Heart Preparatory does not accept academic credit towards graduation from any other institution, except in the case of Geometry Jump.  Students must complete all minimum graduation requirements at SHP.
     
    Placement for Entering Freshmen
    All freshman applicants who wish to enroll in advanced levels of math, world languages, or science must receive departmental approval to do so.  Approval is dependent on a variety of factors that may include student performance on placement exams given in May, scores on the HSPT (High School Placement Test), eighth grade transcripts, and/or recommendations from eighth grade teachers.  SHP credit is not given for any courses taken prior to freshman year.
     
    Placement for Transfer Students
    Entering transfer students must see the Assistant Principal, Academic Life before the beginning of fall or spring semester to have their credits evaluated with respect to SHP graduation requirements.
     
    Honors and Advanced Placement Courses
    Sacred Heart Preparatory offers Honors and AP courses to qualified students.  See specific course descriptions for details.  In general, Honors courses are designed for the student who has the desire and the ability to pursue a subject in more detail and greater depth.  AP courses are college-level courses taken at the high school during the high school years.  With rare exception, AP courses require a one-year commitment on the part of the student and cannot be changed or dropped once the semester begins.  AP courses presuppose the willingness and ability to perform at a significantly accelerated level.
     
    All students in AP courses are required to take the AP exam given in May.  The AP exam score itself has no bearing on the student’s grade in the course; in fact, results are typically not available until July.  A satisfactory level of achievement on the examination may result in college credit; however, each college has its own policies regarding the granting of college credit for AP courses.
     
    For both Honors and AP courses, an additional one-third (0.333…) of a grade point is added to the letter grade points indicated in the table in the section entitled GPA Calculation.
     
    Placement in Honors and Advanced Placement Courses
    Nearly all Honors and AP courses at SHP have prerequisites that must be met for enrollment in those courses.  Many of the prerequisites include a specific spring semester grade that must be met or exceeded in the given prerequisite course.  Prerequisites specific to each course are listed with the course descriptions in this book.
     
    During the spring semester, students meet with their Advisors to enter their course requests.  While the fall semester grades may give an indication of possible success in Honors and AP courses, actual placement in all courses is done in June after the spring semester final grades are posted and checked against the prerequisites.  Requesting Honors or AP courses in spring does not guarantee placement in those courses.
  • SCHEDULING POLICIES

    Course Adjustments
    Requests for course adjustments may be made no later than 4:00 pm on the last school day of the first cycle of classes during each semester.
     
    Withdrawing from Classes
    For fall semester classes, a student may withdraw from a class no later than the fourth Wednesday in October provided the student maintains the required number of courses.  There will be no record on the transcript if the withdrawal takes place by the last school day in September.  If the withdrawal occurs in October, the student will receive a “W” on the transcript.  Students may not withdraw from a year-long course at any time after the fourth Wednesday in October.  With rare exception, AP courses require a one-year commitment on the part of the student and cannot be changed or dropped after the first cycle of classes in the fall semester.  Waivers of this policy must meet the approval of the Assistant Principal, Academic Life.
     
    In the spring semester, a student may withdraw from a one-semester class no later than the last school day in January with no record on the transcript provided the student maintains the required number of courses.  Withdrawals are not allowed in the spring semester beyond the last school day in January.
     
    In order to withdraw from a class after the first cycle of classes, the student must go through a process in which he/she has conversations with and obtains signatures from his/her Advisor, the relevant Department Head, the teacher, and for seniors, an SHP College Counselor.  The conversations are intended to make sure the student makes an educated decision concerning the withdrawal, based on significant discussion about the possible ramifications, if any, of withdrawing from the class.  The Withdrawal from Class Form clearly articulates the process and must be completed and returned to the Advisor before the withdrawal can occur.
     
    The Withdrawal from Class Form is not required for withdrawals completed before 4:00 pm on the last school day of the first cycle of classes during each semester.  
     
    NOTE: Seniors should be aware that College Counseling must notify colleges of any such withdrawals for those colleges that have already received information about the senior’s schedule.
     
    Online Learning courses: please refer to the Online Learning section for GOA and SC registration policies.
     
    Moving from Honors Level Classes to Regular Level Classes
    A student may move from an Honors level class to a regular level class during the first cycle of classes in the fall semester.  After the first cycle in the fall semester, a student in a year-long Honors class may request to move to a regular level class only with Advisor approval.  Approval is granted on a case by case basis with consideration given to the student’s mastery of the material to date, overall workload, and/or any extenuating circumstances.  The deadline for such a move is the fourth Wednesday in October.  No moves can be made after the fourth Wednesday in October for the remainder of the semester, no matter what the student’s grade is.  If the student’s final semester grade is a C or below in an Honors class, the student may request to be moved to the regular level class for the spring semester.
     
    Some Honors courses have a B- requirement at the end of the fall semester in order to remain in the Honors section for the spring semester.  For Honors courses with that requirement, that information is included in the course description for that particular course.
     
    If a switch occurs by the October deadline, the transcript will show enrollment in the regular course only – there will be no record on the transcript that the student was in the Honors level course during that semester.  However, the grades the student earned in the Honors course (e.g., tests, projects, papers, homework, etc.) will be transferred to the teacher of the regular course and will be included in the student’s overall grade calculation for the regular course in a manner to be determined by the department and the teachers involved.
     
    In order to move from an Honors level class to a regular level class, the student must obtain approval from the Advisor and complete the Honors to Regular Class Change Form.  The process involves conversations with the teachers, appropriate department head and parents/guardians so that the makes an educated decision concerning the switch, based on significant discussion about the possible ramifications, if any, of moving from Honors to regular.  The Honors to Regular Class Change Form clearly articulates the process and must be completed and returned to the Advisor before the switch can occur.
     
    Second Semester Schedule Changes for Seniors
    A senior who wishes to change his/her second semester schedule in any way after this information has been sent to colleges must go through a process in which he/she has conversations with and obtains signatures from his/her SHP College Counselor.  The conversations are intended to make sure the student makes an educated decision concerning the schedule change, based on significant discussion about the possible ramifications, if any, of such a change.  The Second Semester Schedule Change Form clearly articulates the process and must be completed and returned to the College Counselor before the change can occur.  Seniors may not drop the second semester of year-long courses.
     
    NOTE: Seniors should be aware that College Counseling must notify colleges of any second semester schedule change for those colleges that have already received information about the senior’s schedule.
     
    Schedule Change Deadlines Summary
    Fall Semester:
    • The last school day of the first cycle of classes – last day to add a class or to move from an Honors level course to a regular level course without going through the level change process.
    • The last school day in September – last day to withdraw from a class without record on transcript.
    • The fourth Wednesday in October – last day to withdraw from a class (including year-long classes).  A record of the withdrawal will appear on the transcript.
    • The fourth Wednesday in October – the last day to move from an Honors level course to a regular level course. No record of the Honors level course will appear on the transcript
     
    Spring Semester:
    • The last school day of the first cycle of classes – last day to add a spring one-semester class.
    • The last school day in January – last day to withdraw from a spring one-semester class.
    • After the last school day in January, any course withdrawals will appear on the transcript.
     
    Mixed-Level Classes
    In a handful of cases, two classes of different levels will be scheduled into the same classroom, during the same period, with the same teacher.  When this is done, it is usually because one or both of the classes are too small to offer separately, and yet are similar enough that the expectations of the students in each level can be differentiated.  This may happen in World Languages, Fine Arts, and senior English.  Here are some examples of mixed-level classes.
    • Latin 2/2 Honors
    • AP Latin and Latin 5
    • Mandarin 3/3 Honors, Mandarin 4/4 Honors
    • Ceramics and Advanced Ceramics
    • Advanced Photography and AP 2D Design in Photography
     
    NOTE: This list is not exhaustive, and classes that are mixed-level one year are not necessarily mixed the next year, and vice-versa.
  • COURSE CREDIT, GRADING, TRANSCRIPT, & ELIGIBILITY POLICIES

    Course Credits
    SHP courses are worth 0.5 credits per semester.
     
    Grading Scale
    The numerical grading scale acts as a guideline for the issuing of letter grades.  Those guidelines act as an assurance to students achieving at a certain numerical level that they will receive at least that letter grade equivalent.  Please note, teachers are not required to round up student grades.
     
    A
    if 93.0 < Numerical Grade
    C
    if 73.0 < Numerical Grade < 77.0
    A-
    if 90.0 < Numerical Grade < 93.0
    C-
    if 70.0 < Numerical Grade < 73.0
    B+
    if 87.0 < Numerical Grade < 90.0
    D+
    if 67.0 < Numerical Grade < 70.0
    B
    if 83.0 < Numerical Grade < 87.0
    D
    if 63.0 < Numerical Grade < 67.0
    B-
    if 80.0 < Numerical Grade < 83.0
    D-
    if 60.0 < Numerical Grade < 63.0
    C+
    if 77.0 < Numerical Grade < 80.0
    F
    if Numerical Grade < 60.0
     
    Courses Graded on a Pass/No Pass Basis
    The following courses are graded on a Pass/No Pass basis:  Center for Student Success – CSS, English – Writer’s Workshop, and Fine Arts – Survey of the Arts. 
     
    Grade Point Average (GPA) – Definition
    SHP uses final semester course grades earned through SHP classes (except those few courses that are graded Pass/No Pass) to compute the student’s GPA.  The SHP Semester GPA and Cumulative GPA only include credits earned through SHP and appear on the student’s report cards and transcript.
     
    Please note that all colleges use their own criteria to calculate the GPAs of applicants.  The GPA calculated by each college will differ in virtually all cases from the SHP-calculated GPA.
     
    GPA Calculation
     
    A student’s GPA is calculated as followsTotal Grade Points
    Total Credits
     
    A student’s Total Grade Points is calculated by adding up the grade points earned in each class.  The grade points earned in a non-Honors/AP course that is worth 0.5 credits are given below.
     
    A   = 4.0
    B   = 3.0
    C   = 2.0
    D  = 1.0
    A-  = 3.667…
    B-  = 2.667…
    C-  = 1.667…
    D- = 0.667…
    B+ = 3.337…
    C+ = 2.333…
    D+ = 1.337…
    F   = 0
     
    For an Honors or AP course, an additional one-third (0.333…) of a point is added to the grade points shown above (e.g., an A- in an Honors class earns 4.0 grade points, since 3.667… + 0.333… = 4.0).
     
    Incomplete Grades
    When a student is unable to complete required coursework by the end of the semester due to circumstances beyond his/her control, a mark of “Incomplete” may be given at the end of the semester.  If the work is not made up within a reasonable period of time (two weeks into the spring semester for an “Incomplete” earned in a fall semester course and two weeks after the end of the spring semester for a spring semester course), the student may lose credit in the course.  The teacher must notify the student’s Advisor when it becomes apparent that the student may have difficulty completing the required coursework.  It is the student’s responsibility to work closely with the teacher and the Advisor to complete the work in as timely a manner as possible.
    Failing Grades
    If a student does not pass a course that is a graduation requirement for that particular student, the course must be repeated either at SHS or at an approved off-campus institution.  If the student intends to repeat the course off-campus, the student must complete the Application for Off-Campus Course in which written prior approval from the Advisor and appropriate department head must be obtained in order to insure that the off-campus course is an acceptable replacement.  The Application for Off-Campus Course may be obtained from the SHP Registrar or may be downloaded from the Students-Resources page on the school's website.  The student must have the off-campus institution send an official transcript with a grade for the class to the SHP Registrar when the course has been completed.  The transcript will be attached to the SHP transcript; but as the case with any course taken off campus, the grade will not be included in the SHP Overall GPA.
     
    Transcripts
    The only courses included on the SHP transcript are courses taken during A-G periods at SHP or through Global Online Academy and Sophie Connect.  
     
    Students may request through the College Counseling Office that transcripts from other institutions be sent to the colleges to which they apply, so colleges will continue to have access to all relevant coursework done by SHP students – whether the courses were taken at SHP or elsewhere.  In order to be included with SHP school documents, the official transcript must be received in the College Counseling office no later than the second Friday in September of the senior year.
     
    Online Learning courses, GOA and SC, earn letter grades which will appear on the student’s official transcript.
     
    Off-Campus Courses
    Sacred Heart Preparatory does not accept academic credit towards graduation from any other institution, except in the case of Geometry Jump.  Students must complete all minimum graduation requirements at SHP.  While students may take classes off-campus for their own interest and enrichment, off-campus courses may not replace courses taught at SHP except in very special circumstances.  Consult the appropriate Advisor for specifics.  Geometry is the only course that SHP allows students to take off-campus during the summer for advancing within a department.  Such students must complete an Application for Off-Campus Course and obtain approval from the Mathematics Department Head.  Courses taken off-campus for any reason are not included in SHP GPA calculations.
     
    Academic Permanent Record Policy
    The policy of Sacred Heart Preparatory is in compliance with the HEW regulations as stipulated in the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (PL. 90-247, Sec. 438) of August 21, 1974 (popularly known as the Buckley Amendment).  The Administration, faculty and staff are committed to safeguard and respect the individual’s right to privacy regardless of the age of the individual.
     
    Release of Records
    All requests are regulated by the Privacy Act.  Therefore, all requests may be submitted in writing or online via the Sacred Heart Schools website and include a date and signature.  For students under 18 years of age, requests must be signed by a parent/guardian.  Transcripts are mailed by the Registrar and the Office of College Counseling.  Hand-carried copies given to a student or parent are sealed as official and are not official if opened in transit.
     
  • NON DISCRIMINATORY POLICY

    Sacred Heart Schools, Atherton is an equal opportunity academic institution and makes all academic decisions on the basis of merit.  In accordance with applicable law, the School prohibits discrimination based on race, color, creed, sex, gender, natural origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, sexual orientation, or any other consideration protected by federal, state or local laws.  All such discrimination is unlawful.

Online Learning

List of 4 items.

  • Available Programs

    SHS is a member of two international consortia of leading independent schools. Global Online Academy (GOA) is a global network of premier independent schools, including 54 from across the United States and 13 from Canada, China, Germany, Guatemala, India, Indonesia, Japan, Jordan, Mexico, Singapore, Slovakia, and South Africa. SophieConnect (SC) is a network of 24 Sacred Heart schools from the United States and Canada. Students have the opportunity to take innovative web-based courses from world-class faculty and to learn in collaboration with students from around the globe. SHP Online Learning is an optional enrichment to the SHP academic program.
    Learn more about Sophie Connect and its available courses here at SHS.
  • Eligibility

    Online Learning courses are open to SHP juniors and seniors in good academic standing. Students should request approval by their SHP Advisor and the Director prior to the GOA and SC registration process. The Online Learning registration process will be coordinated in tandem with the student’s SHP course registration process.
  • Registration Process

    The Director will offer Online Learning information sessions for interested students and parents to better understand the GOA and SC course offerings and the Online Learning experience. SHP students will work with their SHP Advisor to select Online Learning courses and the Director will manage the specific enrollment process with GOA and SC. Enrollment in Online Learning courses is limited to one per semester. Students may only take an Online Learning course if a similar course is not offered at SHP; a registration reference guide will be provided in January each year.

    The Director will alert SHP students of important add/drop dates in advance and in a timely manner. There may be fee implications for dropping an Online Learning course, and these fees will be delineated in the student’s Online Learning registration form. All Online Learning courses follow SHP scheduling policies as presented in the Scheduling Policies section above. Please refer to the Scheduling Policies section on page 8 above for more information on course adjustments.
  • Expectations, Cost, Commitment

    Online Learning Expectations
    SHP students who typically thrive in Online Learning courses are self-directed, motivated, technology proficient, and independent learners. Students must be comfortable with or willing to develop skills to: participate in online discussions and collaborate virtually and across time zones; produce and submit coursework online and in multiple formats; manage global synchronous and asynchronous course expectations; and organize their independent learning in an online environment. They must have regular access to a computer and the internet for the entire duration of the course. While online learning has flexibility, these courses require regular online participation, meeting submission deadlines, and may require some time specific online meetings at mutually agreeable times as determined by the course instructor. All Online Learning courses have asynchronous components (students participate regularly on their own schedule) and synchronous components (students collaborate together or work with their teacher, generally using video conferencing software).

    Online Learning Cost
    SHP pays the membership and course fees, thus there is no additional fee to students taking an Online Learning course. However, if a student withdraws from a course after the published late withdrawal date, the student will be responsible to reimburse SHP for the prescribed portion of the course fee. As part of the registration process, each student will sign a SHP Online Learning Registration Agreement that specifies the specific fees and dates for dropping GOA and SC courses. There may be required texts, software or supplies, which are the responsibility of each student.
    Online Learning Time Commitments and Calendar
    Online Learning courses should be given the same level of respect for time, commitment, and learning outcomes as SHP courses. Students should expect to commit a minimum of 7-10 hours per week for Online Learning instruction and completion of course assignments. Online Learning courses have approximately the same calendar as the SHP academic year. Each SHP student will be given a flex-period in their A-G daily schedule. This flex-period is to be used wisely by the students to manage their coursework and other responsibilities.

SHP Courses by Department

Department Heads

List of 9 members.

Where Scholarship and Values Matter
Founded by the Society of the Sacred Heart, SHS is a Catholic, independent, co-ed day school for students in preschool through grade 12