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Exchange Program

Sacred Heart Network Exchange Information

Sacred Heart Academy Bryn Mawr is a member of the international Network of Sacred Heart Schools which unites 24 Sacred Heart Schools in the United States along with schools in 41 countries around the world. The Student Exchange Program gives each student enrolled in a Sacred Heart school the opportunity to spend two to three weeks in another school within the Network.

To be considered for exchange, the student must have demonstrated responsibility and independence, the ability to mix well with other groups, have established a good rapport with her teachers and made a positive contribution to the Sacred Heart community. The exchange requires that students keep up with coursework from Sacred Heart Academy. It very is important that the students stay in touch with their Sacred Heart teachers. The following are necessary criteria for 10th and 11th grade students to participate.

  • Completion of the application by June 1st for consideration for the following academic year.
  • The student and her parents are required to schedule an interview with the Upper School Director during the summer to discuss the application.
  • The family must be open to host a student from a Sacred Heart Network School.
  • A GPA of at least B+ and the endorsement of her teachers.
  • Upon return to her home school, the student and her parents may be asked to share their experiences during a school assembly, at the fall or winter Open House or a Network Exchange Information night to students and parents.

The exchange program is a wonderful opportunity to learn about other cultures, schools and families. It is an opportunity to learn more about the world-wide Sacred Heart family. Consider it! If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Tricia Heeney, Exchange Coordinator by email at Tricia.Heeney@SHAbrynmawr.org.

Exchange Timeline

Introduce/Publicize Applications

Presentations by Former Exchange Students                   

February - March

Exchange Meeting for Freshman 

 

April

Sophomore Year (recommended) Exchange Applications Due         

*Junior Year Exchange Applications Due           

May

Exchange Team Meeting to Review Applications

June

Exchange Adviser will Initiate and Maintain Contact with Potential Host Schools                    

July - September

Meet with Student to Discuss Placement Progress       

September

Placement Progress Report From Teacher        

First week in October

 

Who is eligible?

Academics

A student should have a recommended 3.0 GPA or better and should consider whether she will be able to make up missed material and work independently.

Maturity

A student should be able to adapt to living with a new family. The student must have the ability to adjust to unknown situations and have the flexibility to accommodate other lifestyles and personalities.

Independence

A student should feel that she can comfortably leave her family and friends for the exchange period without overwhelming homesickness. She may have to make decisions independently while on exchange.

Social Skills

A student should possess the social skills that will enable her to meet new challenges and mingle with new people. She is expected to be polite, responsible, tolerant and open to new situations.

Age/Level

Students are encouraged to participate in exchange during their sophomore year. This year is the best match for missing several weeks of school time. International exchanges depend on the partner school schedule. Often, they work best in the summer after sophomore year or the summer after junior year.

Recent Domestic Exchanges:

  • Duchesne Academy, Omaha, NE

  • Academy of the Sacred Heart, New Orleans, LA

  • Schools of the Sacred Heart, San Francisco, CA

Recent International Exchanges:

  • Baradene College in Auckland, New Zealand

  • Sacré Cœur School in Melbourne, Australia

  • Sophie-Barat Schule in Hamburg, Germany

  • Mount Anville Secondary School in Dublin, Ireland

  • Sacred Heart High School for Girls in Taipei, Taiwan

  • Convent of the Sacred Heart in San Francisco (Middle School Exchange)

Our Bryn Mawr campus welcomed exchange students from:

  • New Zealand

  • Australia

  • Germany

  • Ireland 

In 1800, St. Madeleine Sophie Barat founded the Society of the Sacred Heart in France. Her purpose was to make known God's love, and her vision continues today in Sacred Heart schools. Independent but never isolated, every Sacred Heart school needs to feel the strength of belonging to a larger whole, of sharing principles and values, broad purposes, of hopes and ambitions. (Goals and Criteria, 1975)

The experience I had with the exchange program at Sacred Heart was unforgettable.

I traveled to the Sacred Heart school in Taiwan during the summer. There were many differences and similarities within the school community. It had the same feeling of a family-like community between students and teachers. Obviously, there were many differences due to the dissimilar culture. I am really happy I decided to go on a Sacred Heart exchange. I learned about Taiwan's unique culture and background and made many connections and friendships with Sacred Heart girls from other countries.

Zoë Quigley, Class of 2020