Sacred Heart Academy

As an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School, offering both the Middle Years Programme (MYP) and the Diploma Programme (DP), SHA provides a global education for every student in every classroom.
The IB framework for teaching and learning is research-based, relevant, and real-world.
This globally-focused educational paradigm is centered on the best practices in 21st-century education and promotes service and leadership.
An IB learning community is concept-based and fosters inquiry and experimentation rather than the memorization of facts.
This engagement in critical and creative thinking enables students to make connections to the world outside the walls of the classroom. IB learning involves problem-solving, innovation, collaboration, interdisciplinary study, and academic risk-taking, thus preparing students for college and for life beyond. A Sacred Heart education promotes curiosity and a life-long love of learning.
As an all-girls, IB school with choices for academic concentrations in vocal or visual arts or computer programming, with a robust vocal and theater program, a nationally-ranked athletic program, a formalized leadership certificate program, and a pervasive focus and dedication to the Ursuline core values of community, reverence, service, and leadership, SHA educates and empowers the whole person.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA)
Other school association(s)
International Baccalaureate (IB) World School
Religious AffiliationRoman Catholic
Grades OfferedGrades 9-12
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Year Founded1877
Awards Blue Ribbon School - Selected in 1998

Student Body

Total Students842 students
Student Body TypeAll-girls
% Students of Color
State avg.: 9%
Students by Grade Sacred Heart Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers81 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio10:1
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size15 students
Number of AP Courses34 courses
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Average ACT score26

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$15,130
Admissions DirectorNicole Burke
Admissions AssociateKate Loewen


Total Sports Offered17 sports
SportsArchery, Basketball, Bowling, Cheering, Cross Country, Dance, Diving, Field Hockey, Flag Football, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, VolleyballArcheryBasketball,
Cross CountryDance,
DivingField Hockey,
Flag FootballGolf,
TennisTrack and Field,

School Notes

  • Sacred Heart Schools, a Catholic community, rooted in the Ursuline tradition, inspires diverse learners to become globally-minded, compassionate leaders.
  • Sacred Heart Academy's vision is to be an internationally recognized Catholic school that inspires students, empowers faculty and transforms the world.

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