Brave Heart

Lower School at a Glance

Over 150 Years
  • Educating young women since 1865
  • Celebrating 200 years of a Sacred Heart Education in the United States
  • Same foundation built from five core values, The Goals and Criteria
  • Sacred Heart Academy: Same Heart, New Name (formerly Country Day School of the Sacred Heart)
  • Stellar education that exceeds independent school benchmarks
  • Top Independent Private Schools, Philadelphia Business Journal, September 2017
  • We're part of something larger: Network of 24 Sacred Heart Schools in the US and Canada
  • Main Line Parent Community Member: Education Guide Family

  • Sacred Heart traditions are important to the community
  • Lower School students will enjoy wearing a white dress at the Lily Procession (December) and the May Procession (May). Special prayer services, songs and traditions will be shared as a community.
  • Catholic students in the second grade will make their First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion as a class at school
  • K-12 enjoy traditions that celebrate our French heritage
  • Ring Mass and Ceremony, Big and Little Sister Picnic, Freshman Day, 8th Grade Dance, Kairos, and 8th Grade Camping Trip are some school traditions to look forward to over the years
All-girl environment
  • Young girls are supported by young women in the K-12 environment
  • Girls are known and loved in a safe and supporting environment
  • Academic instruction is targeted to the education needs of girls
  • Foundation of a Sacred Heart Education established by the visionary Saint Madeleine Sophie Barat
  • Strong female role models through knowledge, values, courage and faith in the five founding mothers

Big and Little Sisters
  • Students get to know students in other grades through the big and little sister program
  • First and Fourth; Kindergarten and Third; Second and Third (varies each year)
  • Special comradery fosters friendships and teaches students to support each other

  • K-4 begin the week as a group in the school chapel. Teachers lead with a topic
  • Snack is provided and served mid-morning. K-4 gather together in the dining room and playground
  • K-4 wrap up the week as a community on Friday at the Primes ceremony in the school chapel
  • Sacrament Buddies Program and Reading Buddies Program bring grades together to collaborate on projects
  • K-12 students enjoy all-school events such as Mass, CongĂ©, St. Patrick's Day assembly, Day of Service, Bake Sales and more
  • Students are known by the school community, not just their teacher
  • As a close-knit and caring community, teachers have an invested interest in the Sacred Heart families
  • 8:25 a.m. - 3:20 p.m.
  • Students are greeted and dismissed daily at the red doors by a faculty member
  • Homeroom begins between 8:15 and 8:25 a.m. (arrive anytime after 8:00 a.m.)
  • Extended Day begins at 7:30 a.m. and after 3:45 p.m

  • Students may bring or purchase their lunch
  • Students dine family style in the dining room with fellow students and faculty
  • Girls enjoy a variety of movement and play with an emphasis on sharing, taking turns, showing good sportsmanship and fair play
  • Soccer, basketball, field hockey, and pickleball are played. Girls are introduced to yoga and play nutrition games.
  • Recess and outdoor play encourage child-directed games and exploration
  • Athletic fields and campus playground are utilized for outdoor play
  • School gym uniforms may be worn to school on gym days
  • Lower School Sports Club is offered as an after School Enhancement Program
  • Middle School Athletics are members of the Girls Catholic Academy League (GCAL)
  • Upper School Athletics are members of the Athletic Association of Catholic Academies (AACA) and Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA)

Let her grow where she can rise.

Admissions Inquiries
Email: Lauren Deets