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Country Day School of the Sacred Heart

Statement of Philosophy

Country Day School of the Sacred Heart, Bryn Mawr, founded in 1865 by the Religious of the Sacred Heart, and lay-owned and governed since 1969, is a Pre-K through 12 Catholic, independent school for girls.  The school is a member of the Network of Sacred Heart Schools, composed of 24 independent educational institutions throughout the United States and Canada.  Schools of the Sacred Heart commit themselves to the vision created over 200 years ago by Saint Madeleine Sophie Barat, founder of the Society of the Sacred Heart. 

 The goals of the Sacred Heart Schools are to educate to:  

  • a personal and active faith in God
  • a deep respect for intellectual values
  • a social awareness which impels to action
  • the building of community as a Christian value
  • personal growth in an atmosphere of wise freedom

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A holistic approach to learning seeks to respond to the academic, aesthetic, athletic, spiritual, social, and emotional needs of each girl with a curriculum well grounded in basic and special courses.  Sacred Heart offers a traditional approach to education taught in a contemporary way.  By its religious education program, the School seeks to foster open-mindedness and reverence for all differences.

Statement of Religious Policy

Country Day School of the Sacred Heart 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 will be respected, but all students will be required to attend all religious classes and liturgical celebrations.