Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart

A Kindergarten through Grade 8 school dedicated to the education of boys, Princeton Academy, is shaped by the Goals and Criteria adopted by the Network of the Sacred Heart Schools around the world. Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart believes in bringing out the best in boys. Every day we create opportunities for active learning and character development for Kindergarten through Grade 8 boys because the world needs courageous, compassionate, and creative men.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools
New Jersey Association of Independent Schools
International Boys' Schools Coalition
Religious AffiliationRoman Catholic
Grades OfferedGrades Kindergarten-8
Year Founded1999
Summer School OfferedYes
Summer Program DetailsLink to Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students192 students
Student Body TypeAll-boys
% Students of Color
State avg.: 29%
Students by Grade Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers34 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio6:1
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size13 students
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeCasual
(khaki pants and polo shirts)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineFeb. 1 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$32,400
Tuition NotesK $18,150 Gr. 1-4 $22,150 Gr. 5-6 $26,450 Gr. 7-8 $32,400
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant$17,275
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorHillary Nastro
Admissions AssociateJudy Springer


Total Sports Offered9 sports
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Squash, Tennis, WrestlingBaseballBasketball,
Cross CountryGolf,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.19 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
After School Study Hall, Chess, Cooking Class, Drama, Legos and Games, Literary Magazine, Nature Expeditions, Peer Leadership, puzzles and games, Speech and Debate Team, Student Ambassador Program, Student Government, Student Liturgy Club, Woodworking, Yearbook

Arts and Music Programs:

Recreational Athletic Programs:
T-Ball, TGA Tennis, Wiffle Ball

School Notes

  • an all-boys K - 8 school in Princeton, New Jersey
  • the school's curriculum is designed to engage boys in learning and inspire them to explore, discover and learn.

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School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (12 reviews)
Our two sons spent most of their primary school years here and we could not be happier with the results. Even during these times of madness, the administration and faculty have been successful in keeping the PASH tradition community alive through online communications. Beyond rote instruction, the school's emphasis on kindness and compassion has kept our boys rooted and confident.
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I have reviewed Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart before, but I wanted to leave additional feedback about Distance Learning. The Distance Learning platform, called HAWK Hub, has been well imagined and well executed. The technology has been working great, and the lesson plans and expectations are clearly defined. My son has been utilizing asynchronous learning so far, but the school plans to transition to synchronous learning in the coming days and weeks. The teachers have been encouraging and accessible. The Headmaster emails pre-recorded messages EVERY morning in lieu of the morning handshake!
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We have loved Princeton Academy for our son. It's been the perfect combination of academics and athletics, with a unique understanding of how boys learn and, in 2020, a much-needed emphasis on character. A visit to any "Friday Thank You's" session says it all! Thank you, Princeton Academy!
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Princeton Academy has made a positive and indelible impact on our son and our family. We attribute this to three fundamental principles at the school: 1) a deep understanding of how boys learn, develop and grow to become scholars and gentlemen; 2) holding dear the universal values of learning, compassion, courage, creativity, service and spirituality and 3) a talented and dedicated leadership team committed to the success of every boy.
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Princeton Academy has been a wonderful place for my son. After a rocky year in kindergarten, we sought a school that could provide a more personal and nurturing environment. We have been very happy with our experience. My son is a changed child - he used to come home for school unhappy and anxious. He now comes home happy, relaxed and more self assured. They teach boys in a way that engages them in learning. So far in first grade, my son has built a city, recreated the Nile River, and made root bear floats (to learn about liquids, solids and gasses) all in his spacious classroom. The library even makes sure it has books that cater to boys' interests. The boys also get plenty of physical activity: they go for a run every morning, have regular and sometimes extra recess, and when there's snow, they even go sledding. Both teachers and the headmaster take the time to know each student individually. Any time I've had a question or concern, they have been responsive and thorough. This is a great school!
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Every single day that I drop my son off at Princeton Academy under the leadership of Rik & Paris, I feel like he is one of the luckiest boys in the world!! Princeton Academy, like no other place, truly caters to how boys learn best! I also love the idea of educating the whole child...with focus on the academics & character. The 5 goals of the Sacred Heart are intertwined in all of his experiences! He is thriving! It is heart-warming to see him SO excited about learning!
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We love Princeton Academy for our son. It offers excellent academics, character building, and a warm community. The academics are vigorous and hands on. The boys have plenty of opportunities to go out into the field to conduct science experiments, for example. The teachers are creative and they truly care. The athletics are competitive, yet fun. Boys at all levels can compete -- and it's encouraged. The arts are strong too. The music dept is robust, and the fine arts opportunities are growing with the recent hire of a talented local artist.
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We enrolled our son at Princeton Academy in 2nd grade and this is our fifth year as members of this community. The Princeton area has many educational options so careful research is important when finding the right fit for your son and family. Princeton Academy's mission and Sacred Heart values are in line with what we as parents strive for every day. We count on the partnership with Princeton Academy to guide our son toward good decisions, kindness and a curious mind. When we struggle in those areas, the partnership holds fast due to the strength of leadership and care from the faculty and staff. The school has been re-energized by new Head of School Rik Dugan and Head of Lower School Paris McLean who hold themselves and their teams to the highest standard of care for the boys in mind, body and spirit. In his third year, Dugan has truly implemented a One School philosophy and Strategic Plan that inspires and holds the entire community accountable for the growth and success of the boys from Kindergarten to 8th grade. Also in his third year, Paris has taken his years as a classroom teacher and life experience to truly connect to the boys in the critical years of early development and influence. Planned and spontaneous interactions between lower and middle school students allow for special opportunities for sharing, mentorship and emotional growth. Morning handshakes, morning runs and rug meetings create critical touch points early in the day to identify and address any issues for the boys' transition from home to school. As a parent, I know that my son is known and his contributions are valued.
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My five year old just loves his school, from our first visit we could feel the sense of community. The academic aspects of the school are impressive but when you combine it with the values and support system the school offers, it makes for an amazing environment to have your son experience. My husband and I did a lot of research before choosing Princeton Academy and every day we are glad to have found and be able to provide our boy this wonderful opportunity and we know it will help him become the best version of himself
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My son currently attends Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart (PASH). I don't know where, to begin with, how pleased I am with our experience at PASH. My son enjoys attending PASH every day. He can freely interact with his teacher with ease. He is an only child and the brotherly bonds that he has created with his classmates are priceless. I can also see maturity in my son from attending PASH. Additionally, Headmaster Rik Dugan is the epitome of what an awesome role model and mentor looks like. He selfless dedication to the boys is evident in everything he does for the school. The school faculty is genuinely just as wonderful as the Headmaster Dugan. I am extremely GRATEFUL to GOD that my son attends PASH and is enjoying learning in a friendly yet academically rigorous environment. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND PRINCETON ACADEMY OF THE SACRED HEART AND I AM SURE YOU WILL SHARE THE SAME SENTIMENTS ONCE YOUR CHILD ATTEND.
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It's hard to put into words how special this school is to my son and our family. If you are looking for both excellent academics and a whole child approach, you MUST look into this school. The administration and faculty - in particular the Head of School and Athletics Director - are unmatched. Every boy is known and valued and driven to reach his individual potential in academics, athletics and the arts. The school does not just pay lip service to a values-based education; values are woven into the fabric of every school day. Having spent time in other independent schools, I can say there is a very unique sense of community among the boys and among the parents. My son started in the Lower School and is now in the Middle School and his growth has been phenomenal. The hardest part will be saying goodbye to this wonderful school!
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My son recently graduated from Princeton Academy and I could not be happier with his preparation for high school. Princeton Academy taught him how to think deeply, how to write thoughtfully, how to problem solve and persevere. The values base of the Princeton Academy program also helped him grow tremendously as an individual. He graduated ready for the challenge of high school and as a young man with an understanding of what it takes to truly appreciate and respect others. This school does wonders for boys and I only wish my son had entered the school earlier so he had more time there.
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