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Welcome to Sacred Heart Academy!

While our campus is currently not open for admissions tours or events due to the COVID-19 pandemic, please take a virtual tour to learn more about our K-12 school for girls. We value our time on campus with prospective parents and students and look forward to welcoming you to SHA in the near future. In the meantime, we are here to assist you virtually!

Once you have virtually toured our campus, please feel free to reach out to our Office of Admissions with questions. We are busy planning for the 2020-2021 school year and would love to talk to you about our exciting programs in the lower, middle and/or upper school.

We wish you health and peace during this difficult time.

Tammy Hart
Director of Enrollment Management

Lauren Deets
Lower School Admissions Associate


Established in 1865, Sacred Heart Academy Bryn Mawr is an independent, all-girls, K-12, Catholic school on the Main Line.

Mass in Gym

It is a Sacred Heart tradition for the entire K-12 school community to gather together for First Friday Mass. The gymnasium serves as the all-school gathering space for First Friday Liturgies, assemblies, performing arts, Upper School community time, as well as all things athletic. Other Sacred Heart traditions celebrated in the gymnasium are Prize Day, Graduation, Junior Ring Mass and Ceremony, etc. just to name a few.

The small intimate chapel brings much history in sacred pieces that were relocated from the former Overbrook campus on City Line Avenue. This sacred space is used for class gatherings, small liturgies, prayer services, quiet reflection, and several Sacred Heart traditions like Primes, Alumnae Induction and Heartcoming Mass.  


The Upper School Physics classroom features versatile furniture for learning and movement. Wellness classes also utilize this space. 

Learning spaces in many classrooms reflect layouts for collaborative discussions. Class size is an important part of the Sacred Heart experience.

We are fortunate to have several outside spaces for students to gather during free time, lunch or with their teachers for academics outside. Pictured here is the Dooley Building entrance to the gymnasium and the athletic tent used for Cross Country meets, field day and several other school events. There is no shortage of red and white school spirit at SHA!

The dining room is also transformed for lower school First Holy Eucharist, school concerts and art shows. The community is reminded of our Sacred Heart connection as the Good Shepherd statue can be seen from these windows and reminds us each day that "we are children of the Sacred Heart." This statue was original to the Overbrook campus.

The hub of the mansion and school house is the dining room. Students dine family style as a community with fellow students and faculty in the Peggy Harron Bruder Dining Room that overlooks our beautiful campus with large windows providing a tree lined view showcasing the best of the season. Pictured here is a smaller group set up for an admissions event. The dining room is home to many school activities. 

The small dining room is part of the original mansion. Students use this space for academics, socializing, service projects, etc. Smaller groups enjoy lunch together in this space.

The Sophie Center is a learning environment that provides both space and resources, beyond the classroom, for active learning that includes reading, researching, innovation thinking, and collaboration. Within the Sophie Center there is the Lower School Library, The Innovation Center and the Duchesne room. The Duchesne Room pictured here is used as a quiet space for individual student work time and small group work with teachers. Research materials are in this room.

Most physical activity with gym and health take place outside or in the gymnasium. The Fitness Center is used for strength training for the athletics teams or with the gym teacher.

There are several sacred spaces on our campus. Goal I of a Sacred Heart education is to educate to an active faith in God. SHA is a private, independent school under the auspices of the Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia. The religious traditions, beliefs and practices of students who are not Roman Catholic are appreciated and respected in accord with the spirit of the Vatican Council Declarations on religious freedom, ecumenism and with the relationship of the Church with non-Christian religions. The religious preferences of everyone are respected, but all students are required to attend all religious classes and liturgical celebrations.

The Innovation Center is an inviting and dynamic space for STEM/STEAM activities, a place where students develop their technology skills and knowledge as a global digital citizen.  Students are taught the fundamentals of design thinking, digital literacy, and the four C’s — critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, and communication skills. 

The Innovation Center is located in the Sophie Center, offering students more opportunities to think, create, share and grow. The center is equipped with laptops, iPads, interactive whiteboards, a 3D printer, programmable robots and various makerspace items. Black and white and color printers are available.

We are a proud member of the Network of Sacred Heart Schools framed by the Goals and Criteria for Sacred Heart Schools in the United States and Canada consisting of 24 schools. There are number of schools internationally. We educate our students to be global citizens of the world.

Lower School students enjoy the physical aspect of selecting real books and the traditional use of a lending library. Several guest authors visit to read to students and the school librarian offers reading challenges, themed displays, book clubs as well as digital ebooks and online resources for all grades, K-12.


In 1978, the school moved from the Overbrook campus to Hillbrook House, a sixteen-acre estate in Bryn Mawr, once owned by the Blabon-Dixon family. The tudor mansion was built in 1908. 

Prospective families see the campus come alive through the slideshow playing in the mansion living room. This is the space you will meet with the admissions team and discuss what you are looking for in a school for your daughter. This space is also enjoyed by students for some downtime during lunch, study hall or wise freedom time.

The mansion and school house are joined by the dining room that overlooks the campus. Students enjoy recess on the patio, hill, upper field or playground. Spectators enjoy field hockey, lacrosse and other field events from the bleachers. Outdoor time at Sacred Heart is so important to our community.

The sunporch off of the living room is used by students for socializing, studying or meeting in small groups for academic projects. Teachers use the space for advisory meetings, college counseling events or tutoring.

Saint Madeleine Sophie, founder of the Religious of the Sacred Heart believed the service of education was the primary means by which the Society would carry on its mission of communicating the love of the Heart of Jesus. For her education was never the end. Rather it served as the means for educators and students to come to know and experience God’s love. We are reminded of this as we enter the chapel and see Jesus' open arms. 

The upper patio is an extension of the enclosed sunporch that allows outdoor time for lunch, recess, or instruction time with classes. The beloved tradition of the class graduation photo and cap toss takes place on the patio steps each year.

The piano lab is located in the school house just outside the performing arts center. This space is used for piano instruction as well as other musical or digital instruction related to the music and technology program. 

Visitors are greeted inside the Red Doors by Mater Admirabilis. This is a fresco depicting the Virgin Mary (original at the Trinità dei Monti, in Rome.) It was painted by a young French girl, Pauline Perdrau, and has been associated with several miracles. All Sacred Heart schools in our Network have a version of this sacred painting displayed on their campuses.

Spirit wear is sold online but displayed several times a year showcasing new items.

We look forward to seeing you on campus!