The Upper School at Sacred Heart provides an energetic environment in which a student can grow morally, intellectually, socially, aesthetically, and athletically. The curriculum is based on a rigorous college preparatory environment.
The Integrated Humanities Curriculum offers a unique plan of studies that presents the literature, history, music, and art history of a period concurrently, rather than approaching these disciplines as discrete subjects. In keeping with the goals of a Sacred Heart education, the program fosters a Christian value system upon which rests the intellectual and moral choices for the student's entire lifetime. Studying art, literature and music in their historical contexts fosters the students' empathy and understanding, not only of the cultural contributions of the past, but also of the broad human values all people share. There is strong emphasis on the analysis of literature and on expository writing.
Mathematics courses encourage logical thinking and extend from Algebra through Calculus. The science program is designed to both challenge the student who will pursue a career in science and to meet the needs of all students. Throughout their four years, students participate in religion courses that emphasize the study of philosophy, Judeo-Christian values, morals, and social concerns.
The spiritual life of the students is enriched through a four-year retreat program, culminating in the senior year Kairos Retreat. This is a three-day experience held off campus that students consider a highlight of their last year at Sacred Heart.
While the first three years of the academic program are highly structured to fulfill the requirements of a well-rounded education, senior year affords the students the flexibility to design their own schedule from elective offerings. In senior year, students spend some time as interns working in a field related to their career interests. Devised to promote independent learning, the project requires each girl to keep a daily log to prepare for a final presentation. In past years, students have interned at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, the Phillies, The Academy of Natural Science, and the Arden Theater Company. Sacred Heart participates in the Diocesan Scholars Program sponsored by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, which provides the opportunity for students to take two courses a semester at area Catholic colleges. A faculty committee interviews qualified students and nominates two seniors each year.