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Lower School

Lower School

Find her passion. Find her voice. Find her brave heart.


Loving Community

Instruction takes place individually and in small groups. While continuing to focus on self-concept, development, and creative expression, the program acquires a strong academic orientation. Social interaction and creative play are emphasised so students learn through active play. Reading and mathematics instruction provide a solid background for first grade.

Grades 1 through 4

Inspire Confidence

Small classes, nurturing environment, and a challenging program enable teachers to provide a strong foundation in the basic academic skills and to emphasize each student's moral, spiritual, physical, and social development. Students are encouraged to ask questions, seek answers, and to learn both from their peers and teachers. Project-based learning is used across the curriculum.

Freedom to Learn

Rooted in the legacy of a forward thinking and compassionate visionary, Saint Madeleine Sophie Barat, a Sacred Heart Education offers a safe, supportive, and intellectually stimulating community where energetic and curious young girls blossom into creative, confident, and open-minded leaders. Public speaking begins with even the youngest student and builds from conversation-based to full presentations with confidence and poise.

Our Educators

Passionate Sacred Heart educators will guide her curious mind through a personal education that keeps the fun in learning. A literature-rich academic environment will foster a love of reading, writing, and public speaking. Math will be mastered through a flexible, hands-on program that encourages confident and strategic thinking. The learning environment is small and mighty fostering fearless independence and confident grace.


A progressive science curriculum will promote learning through discovery, helping students think like scientists who explore the world around them. Collaboration on project-based instruction supports community-driven learning within Kindergarten - Grade Four. Teaching methods incorporate "making" and STEM topics. Teachers integrate technology in the curriculum in addition to a technology class for students to become familiar with digital resources and learning to navigate computer programs and apps.



We've watched our daughter grow and learn in this nurturing environment where she feels safe, supported and loved. As a parent of a little girl, we feel nothing is more important when it comes to education. Sacred Heart is a special place.
- Parent, Class of 2026




Students explore a variety of art-making materials to create their version of fine art.



Students recently played with the sounds of color through the eyes of Kandinsky.




A creative expression of  "Circles in a Circle" looks different for each girl. 



Recording scientific steps for an engineering design emphasize writing skills across all curriculums.



Learning to persevere with a STEM challenge builds confidence in our youngest students.



Sharing what makes "you" unique builds community among teachers and students.



Seminar class outside encourages students to slow down and enjoy nature.



Expressing thoughts through journal writing is practiced every day.



Building confidence and classroom independence in our small by design environment makes students feel known and cared for by their teachers.




Sacred Heart Academy (SHA) is Accredited by the Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools (PAIS). SHA is a proud member of the International Network of Sacred Heart Schools in the US and Canada and in over 40 countries.



Guest author reading by Michele McAvoy is one example of the co-curricular activities that build community within the lower school.

Social Awareness 

Lower School students live Sacred Heart Academy's Goal Three - 


"social awareness which impels to action" in age appropriate ways
and teaches respect for people who are poor, marginalized and suffering from injustice.

Compassionate Hearts

Some of the recent organizations students were inspired by are:

  • Ronald McDonald House
  • The MS Society
  • St. Jude Research Hospital
  • Special Olympics
  • The Gift of Life
  • Broad Street Ministry
  • Pajama Program

The Lower School community works towards a common goal of boosting awareness and being informed and raising funds to support the organizations in age appropriate ways such as prayers, bake sales, tag days, walks, collections, etc.

Be humble, be simple, bring joy to others.
St. Madeleine Sophie Barat
Founder of the Society of the Sacred Heart