Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What is the Sacred Heart Network of Schools?
A. The Sacred Heart Network is an organization of 23 independent schools located throughout the United States that share a common heritage and vision of education based on the educational philosophy of St. Madeleine Sophie Barat. There are over 100 Sacred Heart schools around the world providing an international campus for our students through exchange programs, summer conferences and workshops, and the website http://www.sofie.org
Q. What are the five goals of a Sacred Heart education?
A. Schools of the Sacred Heart commit themselves to educate to:
Q. What grades does Sacred Heart offer?
A. Sacred Heart offers from Pre-K to grade 12 and is divided into 3 schools: Lower (PK-4), Middle (5-8) and Upper (9-12).
Q. When is the best time to apply to Sacred Heart?
A. Generally the admission process begins one year prior to entry at Sacred Heart. However, applications may be sent to the Admissions Office at any time. For students applying to 9th grade, the deadline for all paperwork is November 15th. For Pre-K and Kindergarten, the deadline is February 8th. For Middle School, the deadline is February 28th. Other grades are on a rolling admission basis: spaces will be filled as they occur.
Q. When are applicants notified of acceptance to Sacred Heart?
A. Ninth grade acceptance letters are mailed by mid-December. Pre-K, Kindergarten and Middle School notification is approximately two weeks after the stated deadlines. Other grade acceptances are sent approximately one week after completion of the application process.
Q. Does Sacred Heart offer financial aid?
A. Yes. Sacred Heart offers financial aid on a yearly basis according to demonstrated financial need. Parents apply through School and Student Services which is available online at sss.nais.org. In addition, Sacred Heart requires a copy of the parents’ 1040 to complete a financial aid request.
Q. Does Sacred Heart offer scholarships?
A. Yes. Sacred Heart awards merit scholarships to entering 9th grade students based on academic achievement in the classroom, entrance exam results, and two teacher recommendations. Art scholarships are also available based on a student’s portfolio. Music scholarships are determined by a student’s audition in early January.
Q. Does Sacred Heart award athletic scholarships?
A. No. However, students who are athletically gifted and demonstrate financial need may apply for financial aid.
Q. What sports are offered at Sacred Heart?
A. Upper School sports include field hockey, volleyball, tennis, golf, basketball, crew, softball, swimming, squash, lacrosse, cross-country, and track. Middle School competes in field hockey, basketball and lacrosse. Sacred Heart is a member of the PIAA, the Athletic Association of Catholic Academies (Upper School) and the Catholic Girls Athletic League (Middle School).
Q. What percentage of graduates attend four-year colleges?
A. 100% of Sacred Heart’s graduates matriculate at four-year colleges and universities. The graduates of the Class of 2012 received in excess of $5 million in scholarship awards.
Q. Does Sacred Heart provide transportation?
A. Students living in public school districts, with the exception of Philadelphia, within a 10 mile radius from Sacred Heart will be provided free busing. For students taking the train, SEPTA bus or P&W, free van service from the Bryn Mawr train station is available each morning and afternoon.