Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy

Tel: (626)685-8333
Grades: 9-12 | 385 students
An integrated life of study, prayer, service, and community, predicated on the motto of Veritas – truth – constitutes the pillars of Dominican life, and the foundation of Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy.
In the spirit of Saint Dominic and Mother Maria Pia Backes, foundress of the Mission San Jose Dominican Sisters, FSHA was established in 1931 for the education of young women.
FSHA shares in the 800-year heritage of the Dominican Order of Preachers, which is embedded in Catholic faith. A Catholic, Dominican vision of education commits FSHA to educating the whole person in an educational setting that allows adolescent girls to flourish into young women who are well-prepared for college and beyond.
To this end, FSHA strives to partner with parents in the formation of their daughters.
FSHA recognizes the interdependence of physical, emotional, spiritual, intellectual, social and environmental health, and their benefits for learning. Thus, FSHA offers a rigorous college preparatory curriculum, outstanding visual and performing arts, an excellent athletic program, a dynamic campus ministry and service program, unique leadership opportunities in clubs, athletics and co-curricular opportunities.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc. National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA)
National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Western States Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
Religious Affiliation Roman Catholic
Grades Offered Grades 9-12
Learning Difference Programs Yes
Learning Programs Supported Mild Learning Differences
Year Founded 1931

Student Body

Total Students 385 students
Student Body Type All-girls
% Students of Color
State avg.: 44%
Students by Grade Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 40 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 10:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size 15 students
Number of AP Courses 27 courses
List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses
Advanced Courses Advanced English I, Art History, Biology, Calculus AB, English Language and Composition, English Literature and Composition, Environmental Science, European History, French Language, Honors Chemistry, Honors English II, Honors French III, Honors Latin III, Honors Physics, Honors Spanish III, Latin: Vergil, Music Theory, Psychology, Spanish Language, Studio Art: 2-D Design, Studio Art: Drawing, United States Government and Politics, United States History
Average SAT score 1731
Average ACT score 26
Matriculation DataMatric. Data Link to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress Code Formal
(Red jacket and plaid skirt)

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline Jan. 12 / Feb. 1
Yearly Tuition Cost $21,995
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant $8,500
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director Luana Castellano
Admissions Associate Catherine O'Brien


Total Sports Offered 11 sports
Sports Cross Country, Diving, Equestrian, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Water PoloCross CountryDiving,
Track and FieldVolleyball,
Water Polo


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 29 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. ASB, Academic Decathlon, Ambassadors, Amnesty International, Animal Club, Art Club, Autism Club, Black Student Union, Boarding Student Council, Book Club, Business Club, C'est la Vie (French Club), California Scholarship Federation, Campus Ministry, Christian Action Movement, Dance Company, Feminist Action Movement, La Vanguardia (Spanish Club), Mu Alpha Theta (Math Club), Multi-Cultural Club, National Honor Society, National Junior Classical League (Latin Club), Science & Environmental Club, Speech & Debate Team, Students Against Destructive Decisions, Survivors Club, Theatre Club, Varsity Club, Young Writers' Society ASB, Ambassadors, Animal Club, Art Club, Autism Club, Book Club, Business Club, Dance Company, Survivors Club, Theatre Club, Varsity Club, Academic Decathlon,
Amnesty International,
Black Student Union,
Boarding Student Council,
C'est la Vie (French Club),
California Scholarship Federation,
Campus Ministry,
Christian Action Movement,
Feminist Action Movement,
La Vanguardia (Spanish Club),
Mu Alpha Theta (Math Club),
Multi-Cultural Club,
National Honor Society,
National Junior Classical League (Latin Club),
Science & Environmental Club,
Speech & Debate Team,
Students Against Destructive Decisions,
Young Writers' Society,

School Notes:

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  • Academic excellence is the core of FSHA, and the school's broad curriculum prepares graduates well for their journey into higher education.
  • As with virtually all alumnae, 100% of the class of 2015 will attend college. These talented young women were the recipients of many academic, athletic and leadership scholarships at a variety of universities and colleges throughout the country.
  • Students at each grade level participate in spiritual retreats led by adult and trained peer counselors, and include one- and two-day retreats for underclasswomen, a four-day retreat to Catalina Island for juniors, and two days of prayer and a four-day Kairos retreat for seniors.
  • Students are trained as peer leaders on the Campus Ministry Leadership Team, as Journey leaders and as Kairos leaders, all of whom help lead retreats.
  • The visual and performing arts program has, from the school's inception, always been a vital part of the FSHA curriculum. In addition to being able to select from a wide variety of arts classes, students present a full-scale musical production each year, plus a drama or comedy on the alternate semester.
  • Members of the school's dance companies, and from all dance classes, stage a dance concert in the spring of each year, featuring not only FSHA dancers but also student choreography. Dance students also perform in the annual musical.
  • Four musical recitals are held each year to showcase piano, chamber music, orchestra, advanced musicians, contemporary band and choral. Student musicians may also play for school liturgies, the student musical and at graduation.
  • Art students display their work at the annual art show while also contributing their talents by helping produce backdrops for theatrical productions and illustrating the school's literary magazine.
  • The Academy believes that the opportunity for participation in selected athletic activities is a vital part of the educational experience.
  • Freshmen must take a full year of Physical Education/Health, but all students are encouraged to try out for a team. Consistently, well over 70% of the student body in any given year participates in athletics.
  • Clubs keep our students busy. Time is set aside each week for members to meet and plan activities, which may range from a bake sale by the math club and a mime-a-thon by the Theatre Club to a limerick contest by the Young Writers' Society or "toga day" by the Latin club.
  • Approximately 25% of the Academy's student body receives some form of scholarship or financial aid. During the 2013-14 academic year, close to $840,000 was awarded in financial aid to qualified students.
  • Additionally, between four and six incoming freshmen who demonstrate outstanding achievement in academics, entrance exam results, co-curricular activities, service to school and community, and based on teacher/principal recommendations receive merit scholarships ranging from $2,000 to $8,000.
  • The original mission-style buildings, which were designed in 1927 by noted Southern California architect Myron Hunt, overlook the San Gabriel Valley and the Pasadena Rose Bowl from the crest of the San Rafael hills.

Profile last updated: 08/05/2015

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