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Sacred Heart Educators

K-8 Student Perspective

At Every Stage of Her Education


The Sacred Heart student is busy building the qualities and tools to meet life’s challenges. Strong emphasis on communication, analytical thinking, collaboration, and the practice of “wise freedom” are hallmarks of the
educational experience.

Whether in Kindergarten or Grade Twelve, Sacred Heart Academy students take initiative and are active participants in their own learning. They acquire leadership and life skills and gain the desire to make a difference in the world. Sacred Heart Academy’s curriculum is based on a rigorous college preparatory program. Its Integrated Humanities approach offers a unique plan of studies that presents the literature, history, music and art history of a period concurrently. It is based on an understanding that students learn best when they are engaged with the subject matter and can make connections. 

Inspired and Supported by Exceptional Educators

In the tradition of Saint Madeleine Sophie Barat who founded the Society of the Sacred Heart of Jesus for the sake of one child, an exceptional faculty of more than sixty Sacred Heart educators provides context for Sacred Heart values, and instills passion for their academic subjects. Comprising the true foundation and core of the school, they do this by lending their own hearts to the goal of raising bright, compassionate young women who are prepared to make a difference in the world.

Educated in Life

Rooted in the liberal arts with contemporary applications, academics at Sacred Heart Academy Bryn Mawr empower girls to develop their potential as scholars and leaders. Always facing the future, the school’s approach looks beyond college and post-graduate studies to career potential, to impact on community, and the world. 


Education must be concerned not only with studies, but also with whatever may be required for the right ordering of life and requirements of a cultivated society.

–Saint Madeleine Sophie Barat


Sacred Heart Academy Middle School girls receiving instruction in their classroom.
Girls Develop Their Confidence

Girls in middle school have opportunities to work independently and in small groups enabling them to develop their independence and confidence. STEM/STEAM activities are an important part of the middle school curriculum.

Class of 2020
Well Prepared for College

The Class of 2020 earned over $7.5 million in scholarships. We are very proud of our 38 graduates!

We Celebrate Girls

We know girls. We celebrate the power of an all-girl environment in which each girl is valued and encouraged to become her best self.

Real Learning

Lower School students work in small groups across K-4 grade levels on STEM and STEAM projects in the Innovation Center. The opportunities for hands-on learning happens every day at SHA.

Students As Athletes

Nineteen seniors were honored this spring for their four-year commitment to the athletics program during their time in high school at SHA.  One senior received a D1 scholarship for crew and another senior has chosen to play soccer at the college level. Several seniors will continue at the club level.

Lower School
Respect for Intellectual Values

Sacred Heart Education for girls promotes a deep respect for intellectual values beginning with our youngest students. Girls are encouraged to take risks, become critical thinkers and challenge themselves to be active participants in their education.

Integrated Humanities
Small by Design

Small class size and the engaging student: teacher ratio allows for active classroom dialogue and deep learning. The integrated humanities program extends beyond the classroom with meaningful field trips related to the curriculum. Students will complete their high school time at SHA as strong writers and fully prepared for college-level research papers.

The Building of Community

Middle School Students are encouraged to work with their peers on important life skills such as active listening and public speaking. Adolescent girls are encouraged to find their voice and respect others in the safe space that makes SHA's Middle School so special. This further develops in the upper school with the Courageous Conversations program.

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