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Upper School

Brave Hearts. Bold Learning. Meaningful Connections.

In the Upper School at Sacred Heart Academy Bryn Mawr (SHA), we educate our students to develop academically, spiritually, socially, and emotionally. We offer opportunities for service learning, student leadership, and personal growth. We challenge young women to be their best selves, and to use their gifts to become influential contributors in the world.  

A SHA education empowers students to express themselves freely and to develop their own interests. Young women graduate with the self confidence that grows from lively, informed discussions in an all-girls classroom; numerous opportunities to take the lead; and involvement in sports, the arts, and clubs. At graduation when our students exit through the Red Doors for the last time, a Sacred Heart graduate is fully prepared for life.

The SHAmazing Journey from Grade 9 to Grade 12


English (4 credits): Must include Literary Genres, World Literature, and American Literature. 

Theology (4 credits): Must complete four years of Theology courses. 

Social Studies (3 credits): Must include World History I & II, and American History. 

Science (3 credits): Must include Biology, Chemistry, and Physics. 

Mathematics (3 credits): Must include Algebra I, Algebra II, and Geometry. 

World Languages (3 credits): Must progress to the third year of a language AND complete three years of a world language. 

Electives (4.5 credits): Seniors must take a minimum of four elective classes, including 3 academic classes. Juniors must take at least one semester of an elective.

Grade 9 Seminar (1 credit): Freshmen must take this course which includes one quarter of Technology, Wellness, Art, and Music.

Arts (.5 credit): May include any course from the Arts Department.

Wellness (.5 credit): Sophomores must take a semester of Wellness. 

College Counseling (2 semesters): The non-credit College Counseling program runs in the fall semester of senior year and the spring semester of junior year. It will take the place of one day per cycle of a study hall or elective.

Course Descriptions

2023-2024 course Guide

Great hearts, generous hearts, are required in the family of God's Heart, because the difficulties in the way of doing good increase day by day."

- Saint Madeleine Sophie Barat, Foundress



Eileen Day
Director of Upper School
610-527-3915 x 229

Program Highlights

Congratulations to Our Class of 2023!