Our Lady Sacred Heart Academy

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Academy strives to produce the true Christian the supernatural man who thinks and acts constantly and consistently in accordance with right reason illumined by the supernatural light of the example and teaching of Christ.
We direct all our actions toward the honor and glory of God through the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church.
Rooted in the classical liberal arts  Daily Rosary Appreciation for our Western heritage and Catholic traditions
Pro-life culture  Catholic faith unites and illuminates all aspects of study
Service hours include Eucharistic AdorationHistory from a Catholic perspective with the Incarnation as the focal point
Daily practice of the virtues  Orton-based explicit phonics K-2 instruction
Spiritual and corporal works of mercy  Proven, traditional teaching methods
Frequent priest visits  School-wide academic/science fair  Modest uniform and dress
Chesterton Schools Network affiliation  Suzuki Violin Instruction  Catechesis of the Good Shepard

Quick Stats (2024)

  • Top Ranked IL School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-12
  • Enrollment: 96 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $4,900
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

Our Lady Sacred Heart Academy ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Illinois for:


School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Prekindergarten-12
Year Founded

Student Body

Total Students
96 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 34%
Students by Grade
Our Lady Sacred Heart Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
11 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
Number of AP Courses
12 courses
Average ACT score
(Out of 36)
Classroom Dress Code

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
$3,750 Pre-K $4,990 K through 8th grade $5,990 High School $700 per class for Homeschool Families $350 for choir for Homeschool Families
Admissions Director
Lori Veitch
Admissions Associate
Mitzi Braun



Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
3 extracurriculars
Club or Organization:
National Honor Society, Student Council

Arts and Music Programs:

School Notes

  • We would like to introduce our new Headmaster, Evan Williams beginning June, 2020. You may reach him at williams.olsha@gmail.com
  • Affiliated with the Chesterton Schools Network
  • Offering Suzuki Violin instruction
  • Catechesis of the Good Shepard
  • Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Academy is committed to the philosophy of educating the whole person through the formation of the will, the intellect and the character in the light of the Catholic faith. Each student is seen as a precious gift from God whose eternal goal is Heaven. We direct all of our actions to the greater glory of God, and to training our students to recognize and follow his will in a challenging academic environment rooted in the classical liberal arts tradition. This education exposes students to the good, the true and the beautiful, and is designed to form individuals free from the political agendas and opinions of others, free to make correct judgments and decisions based on objective truth and a properly formed conscience. We shall consider the objectives of the Academy first as a school with a Catholic philosophy; second as a school teaching students in the primary and secondary levels of education; and third as a school forming citizens of America. As a school with a Catholic philosophy, the Academy has the following objectives:To develop in our students a profound understanding of the Catholic faith, and a deep knowledge and love of God;To encourage them to grow in personal holiness by developing and practicing a life of prayer, by receiving the sacraments frequently and devoutly and by modeling their lives on those of Christ, his blessed Mother and the saints;To foster an unwavering loyalty and devotion to the Holy See and the teaching of the Magisterium of the Church;To help them to grow in understanding and appreciation of the liturgical and cultural traditions of the Catholic Church;To promote the dignity of human life from conception to natural death through a decidedly pro-life culture and activities;To provide the intellectual and moral weapons our students need in order to go out into our secular, materialistic society and transform the culture of relativism and death into a culture of truth and life;To foster refinement in manners, speech and dress in accordance with Catholic ideals, and to lead students, in accordance with their Catholic heritage, to select and promote only what is good and wholesome in art, music, drama and other forms of entertainment;To encourage them to develop as leaders, especially as moral and religious leaders, through the personalization of and commitment to truth, and the application of Christian principles to personal conduct and public life.As a school teaching students in the primary and secondary levels of education, the Academy has the following objectives:To teach students to think intelligently, critically and wisely;To teach students to express themselves confidently, with clarity and competence;To develop habits of orderly thinking through the medium of an analytic study of language, particularly the Latin language;To promote character by insisting upon responsible application to study and submission to intellectual and moral discipline;To promote an intelligent appreciation of beauty;To promote physical health as part of a well-rounded education;To promote proper social attitudes and habits that reflect a truly Catholic way of life.As a school forming citizens of the United States of America, the school has the following objectives: In general, to develop a knowledge and appreciation of our American heritage as a republican form of government, and to foster loyalty to American ideals; In particular, it seeks to develop pupils:Who appreciate the fact that America was founded on the sound principle that man has received from God inalienable rights which the state has not given and cannot take away;Who insist that the American government exists for the benefit of the individual citizens, and not the citizens for the benefit of the state;Who will participate actively and conscientiously in the government of our country whether as voters or as officials;Who will contribute to the formation of wise public policies and to the solution of public problems;Who understand their responsibility to promote the general welfare, realizing the effect of their actions upon the lives of others;Who dedicate their lives to advancing the social reign of Christ the King in the United States of America.
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Our Lady Sacred Heart Academy cost?
Our Lady Sacred Heart Academy's tuition is approximately $4,900 for private students.
What sports does Our Lady Sacred Heart Academy offer?
Our Lady Sacred Heart Academy offers 7 interscholastic sports: Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Soccer, Ultimate Frisbee, Volleyball and Wrestling.
What is Our Lady Sacred Heart Academy's ranking?
Our Lady Sacred Heart Academy ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Illinois for: Highest average ACT score.
When is the application deadline for Our Lady Sacred Heart Academy?
The application deadline for Our Lady Sacred Heart Academy is rolling (applications are reviewed as they are received year-round).

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (5 reviews)
Our daughter and grandchildren have attended OLSHA. All of them were completely prepared for college life. One even told us that while sitting in her classes at college she was so grateful for what OLSHA taught her, because she knew what to do when many of her college classmates did not. It is a great school that gives students the support they need to become who God intended them to become.
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Jesus' Kingdom should matter more than our success. When a Catholic school feels it must become like the world to win the world, it has not won the world; the world has won it. That being said, I am happy to be a part of OLSHA, a school that doesn't occupy itself with trying to fill itself with students, but filling its students with God.
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Great place. Warm environment that fosters a love of the liberal arts and a truly Catholic Culture.
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OLSHA is a wonderful school with a dedicated and caring faculty. I attended from 4th grade to 12th and have found many of my dear, lifelong friends through this academy. I will be forever grateful for how well the curriculum, the teachers, and the experience of attending OLSHA prepared me for college and life in general. I don't believe a truer formation in our beautiful and rich Catholic Faith can be gained anywhere else in the region!
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I was a host parent of a foreign exchange student that attended our Lady of the Sacred Heart Academy. It was great to see him develop from the beginning of the school year to the end. He came as a quiet boy who kept to the culture that encouraged he and treated he like family.The teachers spent the extra time with he to ensure that he understood the curriculum. Embraced him He came to the school with no religion and by the example of the staff and students was eager to learn more about the Catholic Faith. Upon visiting years later for Christmas, he made sure that he could go to Christmas Eve Mass. I definitely recommend this school for all families, not only for the great academics, but to be involved with a culture that is not influenced by "today's societal ills." Even when visiting the school today, all students are very respectful and kind. I love their motto!! "Life Liberty, and the Pursuit of Holiness"
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Quick Stats (2024)

  • Top Ranked IL School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-12
  • Enrollment: 96 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $4,900
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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The average private school tuition in Rockford, IL is $5,675 for elementary schools and $7,320 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
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