Sacred Heart Academy

Sacred Heart Academy Photo #1 - Sacred Heart Academy Bryn Mawr is a Catholic, independent college preparatory school for girls K-12, founded in 1865 by the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Known as SHA, the private girls' school is located in PA outside of Philadelphia with elementary, middle and upper school divisions located on one campus.
Sacred Heart Academy Photo #2 - The school educates to five Goals and their Criteria. Capturing the essence of a Sacred Heart education, the Goals and Criteria embody pedagogical principles that have endured while the context of the world within which they operate has changed.
Sacred Heart Academy Photo #3 - A Sacred Heart Education allows a girl to express herself freely and to develop her own interests. She graduates with a self-confidence that grows from lively, informed discussions in an all-girls classroom, numerous opportunities to take the lead, and involvement in sports, theater and clubs.
Sacred Heart Academy Photo #4 - Sacred Heart Academy is built on a tradition of excellence. The school community celebrates over 60 special traditions or events together building a strong foundation for culture and climate among students of all grade levels. After graduation, Sacred Heart students join a world-wide (50K+) community of alumnae and alumni around the world.
Sacred Heart Academy Photo #5 - An empowering all-girls environment with over 150 years of experience educating curious young women who blossom into creative, confident and open-minded leaders.
Sacred Heart Academy Photo #6 - In a small-by-design academic and religiously diverse community, Sacred Heart Academy focuses on spiritual values and the individual student as she becomes a young woman of confidence and advocates for herself.
Sacred Heart Academy Photo #7 - Challenging & loving community promotes joyful learning, self-expression & confidence.
Sacred Heart Academy Photo #8 - An education that will help your daughter find her passion, her voice, and her brave heart.
Established in 1865, Sacred Heart Academy Bryn Mawr (SHA) is an independent, all-girls, K-12, Catholic school on the Main Line. SHA is a proud member of the International Network of Sacred Heart Schools. Accreditation and Associations Fully accredited with the Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools (PAIS)
National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)  Membership with our domestic and international Network of Sacred Heart Schools
Top Independent School - Philadelphia Business Journal  Membership with Association of Delaware Valley Independent Schools (ADVIS)

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.Other religious school association(s)
National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Association of Delaware Valley Independent Schools (ADVIS)
Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools (PAIS)
Religious AffiliationRoman Catholic
Grades OfferedGrades Kindergarten-12
Year Founded1865

Student Body

Total Studentsn/a
Student Body TypeAll-girls

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers37 teachers
Average Class Size8 students
Number of AP Courses14 courses
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Advanced CoursesAP Art History, AP Biology, AP Calculus AB/BC, AP Comparative Government and Politcs, AP English Language, AP English Language, AP European History, AP Macro, AP Micro, AP Psychology, AP Studio Art, Calculus AB, Computer Science, Honors Courses offered in all disciplines 9-12, Honors Organic Chemistry
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Tuition NotesUpper School (9-12) $21320 Middle School (5-8) $17200 Lower School (1-4) $14730 Kindergarten $12875
Admissions DirectorTammy Hart
Admissions AssociateLauren Deets


Total Sports Offered11 sports
SportsBasketball, Crew, Cross Country, Field Hockey, Golf, Lacrosse, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, VolleyballBasketballCrew,
Cross CountryField Hockey,
TennisTrack and Field,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.25 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Book Clubs, Chez Nous Literary Club, Community Service, Drama Club, Girls in Science, Guitar Lessons, Knitting Club, Literary Magazine, Mathletes, Model United Nations, Multicultural Club, National Honor Society, Piano Lessons, Public Speaking, Science Bowl, Science Club, STEM Activities, Student Government, Yearbook

Arts and Music Programs:
Choir, Ensemble, Guitar Club, Piano Lab, Spring Musical, Ukulele Club

School Notes

  • Founded in 1865 by the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Sacred Heart has a strong tradition of excellence in education as envisioned by St. Madeleine Sophie Barat.
  • Sacred Heart Academy, known as SHA, is part of a national network of 24 independent schools located in the US and Canada which share a common heritage and vision.
  • There are more than 140 Sacred Heart schools around the world providing an international campus for our students at Bryn Mawr through exchange programs, summer workshops, service opportunities and use of the Sofie Network.
  • For more than 150 years in Philadelphia, the goals of Sacred Heart`s educational program have remained the same: to produce self-confident women, to provide a challenging intellectual education, to develop a love of God, and to create a desire to help others.
  • A holistic approach to learning seeks to respond to the academic, athletic, aesthetic, spiritual, social, and emotional needs of each girl with a curriculum that is well-grounded in basic and specialized courses.
  • Sacred Heart is a Catholic school with a tradition of ecumenism, welcoming the enrichment that students and faculty of all faiths offer. By its religious education program, the school seeks to foster open-mindedness and reverence for differences. 
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