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Country Day School of the Sacred Heart

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Mission
 
We educate college-bound women by cultivating their self-confidence, guiding them to realize their personal and scholastic potential and their responsibility to others, and by preparing them to meet life’s challenges – all within an academic and religiously diverse community that focuses on spiritual values and the individual student.

As a member of the Network of Sacred Heart Schools, Country Day School of the Sacred Heart, Bryn Mawr, commits itself to educate.

* To a personal and active faith in God
* To a deep respect for intellectual values
* To a social awareness which impels to action
* To the building of community as a Christian value
* To personal growth in an atmosphere of wise freedom
 
For more information about the Network of Sacred Heart Schools, please visit  http://www.sofie.org

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Goals and History 
 
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 international Network of Sacred Heart Schools, composed of 23 independent educational institutions throughout the United States, and in 44 countries around the world. Schools of the Sacred Heart commit themselves to the vision created 200 years ago by Saint Madeleine Sophie Barat, founder of the society of the Sacred Heart.



Country Day SchoArch Street ol of the Sacred Heart traces its roots to 1865, when Bishop James Wood, who in 1875 would go on to become the first archbishop of Philadelphia, petitioned the religious of the Society of the Sacred Heart - who operated schools worldwide - to open a school for, "Catholic young ladies," in the city of Philadelphia.  Mother Madeleine Sophie Barat, foundress and Superior General of the Society, who was later canonized, gave the institution her blessing.  In 1865, the Society of the Sacred Heart founded The Philadelphia Day School of the Sacred Heart in a rented house in Philadelphia.  Shortly thereafter, the school moved to the Edwards House at 1334 Walnut Street in Philadelphia.  The school remained on Walnut Street until 1886, when it moved to a newly-constructed building at 1819 Arch Street, and was renamed Convent of the Sacred Heart.

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The school remained at Arch Street until 1924, when it moved to its Overbrook campus at the corner of City Line Avenue and Haverford Road.  In 1969, the Religious of the Sacred Heart found it necessary to discontinue operations in Philadelphia and to close “Overbrook.” Interested parents, alumnae, and staff successfully petitioned the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and the Superior General of the Society to continue Sacred Heart education under a lay board and faculty.  Since that time the school has operated under the administration of the Country Day School at Overbrook foundation, a non-profit, tax-exempt corporation.

In 1978, the Country Day School of the Sacred Heart moved to Hillbrook House, a sixteen-acre estate in Bryn Mawr, once owned by the Blabon-Dixon family.  The new campus consisted of a Tudor Mansion, built in 1908, and a red brick building known as the School House.  In 1982, the Marie Cornelia Dooley Building was built to house classrooms, laboratories, a multimedia center and a gymnasium.

In 1999, Country Day School of the Sacred Heart was admitted to full membership in the international Network of Sacred Heart Schools, reuniting the school with its roots and strengthening its connection to 22 sister Sacred Heart schools in the U.S., and in 44 countries around the globe.

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