Serving Others: A Way of Life at SHA
Through the vision of St. Madeleine Sophie Barat that “to whom much is given, much is expected,” a spirit of service permeates Sacred Heart Academy Bryn Mawr (SHA). Sacred Heart's Goal III: a social awareness which impels to action is exemplified in the students' extensive and meaningful service which supports those in need in nearby communities and the city of Philadelphia. Extending further, many SHA students participate in national service programs supported by the Sacred Heart Network.
Upper School students are required to fulfill 25 hours of service each academic year; Middle Students must complete ten service projects. Lower School students engage with various social issues as a community throughout the year. All students also engage in service reflections during Religion class, developing an understanding of the world and compassion to all. More so, twice annually, both Upper School and Middle School students and faculty participate in a Day of Service, assisting local nonprofits and social agencies.
The ethos of service is found in all constituency groups at SHA, fostering a community dedicated to serving others before self. Faculty and staff, parents and families, the Board of Trustees, and the Alumnae Association plan service events throughout the year to bolster our proud heritage of service.
Through service, SHA students create a more just world where each person’s dignity is respected. This foundation of service extends throughout students' lives, helping to create a more equitable world in the likeness of God.