A Message from the Principal
Parents and Friends:
It seems that very little is sacred anymore. We live in a time when moral standards are dismissed as irrelevant, and it’s hard to raise children with a sense of right and wrong. That’s why Catholic education is gaining in appeal, even among parents who aren’t active in church — or who aren’t even Catholic.
At Sacred Heart School our teaching approach is focused on virtue. Christian character and moral purpose aren’t just add-ons, they’re at the heart of everything we do.
Obedience, courtesy and respect are the foundation of our academic life. These virtues provide the civility and order that allow learning to take place. They are what make children feel safe, appreciated and encouraged — free to discover their talents; develop their personalities; build lasting friendships; become balanced, confident, mature people of faith.
School days are infused with the practice of our Catholic faith and traditions. The academic calendar is organized around daily prayer, weekly Mass, and holy day observance. Educational activities and parish life are closely intertwined. And every student participates, regardless of religious affiliation. In this way, all benefit from the rich treasure of our Catholic heritage.
This is our educational vision at Sacred Heart School. We pursue a mission that comes from the heart, and which in this time of moral confusion, we view as a sacred trust.
Please take a few minutes to explore our comprehensive preschool-through-6th-grade program as described on this page. Then give prayerful consideration to how Sacred Heart School can enrich your child’s life and the life of your whole family.
Anne Atkin, Principal
We believe that Catholic educators have a sacred duty to help students learn — but more than that, to create a setting and atmosphere in which children feel encouraged, cared for, treasured.
Christ’s love is what determines our attitudes, and directs all of our efforts. As part of the Sacred Heart family, your child will be immersed and nurtured in a Christian environment that has deep roots in Catholic scholarly traditions and spirituality.
Attention & Results
We offer the kind of well ordered, comprehensive, and highly attentive teaching style for which Catholic schools are respected by people of all faiths. Our curriculum yields measurable results in equipping children with the knowledge required for more advanced learning.
Students achieve their full potential by meeting challenging academic standards, gaining mastery at each level. Meanwhile, combined two-grade classes provide flexibility to accommodate individual strengths and needs. In this way we create inquisitive, self-motivated, independent learners.
Virtue & Understanding
At the heart of our teaching is virtue. We realize that knowledge is not acquired in a vacuum. All facts — whether from history, science, or any other area of human experience — have a moral context and far-reaching moral implications. So we strive to help children understand how the things they learn shape their lives, influence their relationships with others, and make them better able to assume adult responsibilities in society. Our highly personalized approach is based not on current trendy notions of identity, but on embracing God’s grace and respecting all people who make up His varied and wondrous creation.
Growth & Enrichment
Along with teaching core academic subjects, we provide numerous opportunities for individual growth and creative enrichment through art, music, dramatics, rhetoric, science research, and Christian service.
Throughout the academic year we schedule field trips to cultural events and places of historical significance. By participating in plays, recitals, readings and other public presentations, students develop their talents, and gain the confidence essential to success in all walks of life. Additionally, they have access to counseling on academic and personal problems, peer relations, behavioral issues, and other concerns.
Perhaps the most important advantage we offer at Sacred Heart School is small size. With an average of only 15 students per class, each child is known and appreciated as an individual — a son or daughter of God whose unique gifts are recognized and whose potential is fulfilled.
At Sacred Heart School we strive to give each student the tools needed to build a mature faith life — to help children become saints. School life revolves around Christ. Religion classes are included at each grade level. Prayer is woven into the daily routine. Reconciliation (or “confession”) is available, along with Eucharistic Adoration and seasonal devotions such as Stations of the Cross.
During our weekly children’s Mass, students serve as cantors, as readers, and at the altar. The school choir leads singing. And all children take part in the liturgy, regardless of their religious affiliations.
Preaching is “kid-friendly,” interpreting Scripture and conveying timeless moral truths in language children can understand — but without diluting the Gospel message or the essential principles of right and wrong. The lives of the Saints are cited frequently as examples of heroic faith and virtuous living. And students benefit from their close observations of clergy, teachers and other adults at worship.
This interweaving of academics and faith practice is a unique characteristic of Catholic education, making children comfortable with church participation and emphasizing that all knowledge, all growth, all progress come from God.
Preschool is an especially in-demand program at Sacred Heart. Designed for children from age 33 months, it meets the widespread and pressing need for safe, reliable, enriching childcare in a time when many families have both parents at work.
Our approach to preschool education involves more than mere play and motor-skill development. We see this as a critical time to lay a durable foundation for the faith commitment, proper behavior, and respectfulness that will serve our students throughout their lives.
With a loving atmosphere, flexible hours, close supervision, and carefully organized activities, children learn how to be attentive in class, interact cooperatively with peers, explore their natural creativity, and participate actively in prayer and worship.
Discipline & Development
Virtue is the focus of our faith-based approach to order and conduct. We strongly assert the traditional standards of right behavior for which Catholic schools have long been known. When issues arise, we work with parents to uncover what factors might be interfering with academic performance or what conflicts are being acted out in class or on the playground.
Our aim is to address small problems before they become chronic and damaging. And because Sacred Heart School is like the proverbial “little village” where all adults know all kids, teachers can count on backup from colleagues, principal and the diocesan guidance counselor.
Older students realize that younger children view them as models of virtue and maturity, so our school culture promotes a strong sense of loyalty that discourages bullying and random aggression. This atmosphere is reinforced by a uniform dress code that gives emphasis to the Sacred Heart identity, eliminates fashion competitiveness, and sets a tone of seriousness for the “day’s work.”
Learning How to Learn
It’s essential that students learn how to be students, and so we help them:
- develop study habits, analytical skills and self-discipline;
- become independent workers with a drive to accomplish;
- approach school as a job for whose success they are responsible;
- be confident in starting new projects and learning new subjects;
- understand that while life may accept no excuses, even if they fall short, they are still loved by God and so should never be afraid to try again.
Four Pillars of Right Behavior
- Justice: having courtesy, respect and sincerity; being trustworthy, prayerful, generous, kind, obedient and responsible.
- Prudence: thinking before you act; knowing right from wrong; listening before speaking, and obeying teachers.
- Fortitude: having industriousness, patience and perseverence.
- Temperence: having honesty, humility and self-control.
Setting Up An Appointment
If you would like to set up a shadow-day or interview, please contact Mrs. Atkin at: firstname.lastname@example.org or at 517-448-6405.