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Sacred Heart Academy Strategic Plan


Board Chair Letter

In Spring 2019, the Board of Trustees of Sacred Heart Academy Bryn Mawr, together with Head of School Deirdre Cryor, committed to renew the vision for our beloved school by engaging the whole-school community in a robust strategic planning process. 

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Strategic Long Range Process

The following plan represents a year of discovery, analysis and planning through group meetings with students, parents, faculty, staff, alumnae and board members. Data was carefully reviewed from multiple surveys, interviews, hours of discussion and group visioning deliberation. 

The planning process encouraged open and honest evaluation of our external and internal environments, current strengths, opportunities and areas for improvement. Sacred Heart Academy benefited from the guidance and insight of outside professionals to facilitate the process.

This Plan document was adopted by the Board of Trustees as its October 22, 2020 meeting. 

We are confident that our focus on the priorities and collaboration on the programs and action plans which support them, will ensure continued success in achieving Sacred Heart’s mission, keeping the academic program intellectually challenging, and empowering each student on her path to a brave heart, bold learning and meaningful connections.

Areas of Impact


For the next three to five years, the community's priorities are defined in five pathways:

ONE Teaching and learning
TWO Student programs and experience
THREE Building and celebrating community
FOUR Ensuring institutional sustainability and growth
FIVE Implementing optimal and efficient operations

Life faces you with courageous challenges at every step of the way. You are on the right path, exactly where you are meant to be right now......and from here, you can only go forward, shaping your life story into a magnificent tale of triumph, of healing, of courage, of beauty, of wisdom, of power, of dignity, of love.

Janet Erskine Stuart, RSCJ

Pathway One: Teaching and learning

Sacred Heart Academy's innovative educational environment and pedagogical approach is reflected across the student and teacher experience.

Lower School

Pathway Two: Student programs and experience

Sacred Heart Academy nurtures a diverse, supportive, and service-minded student environment and experience. Students feel connected with one another and supported by their teachers to pursue their academic passions, nurture their personal wellness, and engage in service. 


Pathway Three: Building and celebrating community

Sacred Heart Academy’s community is rooted in the strong partnership between parents and faculty, staff and administration, as reflected in the Goals and Criteria.

Yoga Mat

Pathway Four: Ensuring institutional sustainability and growth

Sacred Heart Academy enjoys a long history grounded in its commitment to mission. As the school moves forward it does so with care to maintain fiscal discipline while promoting growth. 


Pathway Five: Implementing optimal and efficient operations

The school is committed to enhancing the campus and the student experience as efforts focus on the student experience and learning.