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Sacred Heart Academy

Est. in 1865 by the Religious of the Sacred Heart, Sacred Heart Academy Bryn Mawr is a Catholic, independent college preparatory school for girls. Sacred Heart Academy, known as SHA, is part of a national Network of 24 independent schools located in North America which share a common heritage and vision. There are more than 150 Sacred Heart schools around the world providing an international campus for our students at Bryn Mawr through exchange programs, summer workshops, service opportunities and use of SophieConnect.

For more than 150 years in Philadelphia, the goals of Sacred Heart’s educational program have remained the same: to produce self-confident women, to provide a challenging intellectual education, to develop a love of God, and to create a desire to help others.


480 S. Bryn Mawr Ave., Bryn Mawr, PA 19010 United States
Phone Number: 610-527-3915
Category: Independent School
Head of School E-mail: Ms. Deirde Cryor
Listing updated: 2011-2012,2012-2013,2015-2016
Open House Dates: Upper School Open House - Saturday, September 21, 2019; Grades 5,6 and 9 Scholarship and Entrance Exam - Saturday, October 19, 2019; Grade 9 Scholarship and Entrance Exam - Sunday November 10; All School Open House - Wednesday, February 12, 2020; Parent Visit Days - Friday, October 18, 2019, Tuesday, November 5, 2019 and May 7, 2020

Additional Information

School State: PA
School County: Delaware
Gender: Girls
Religious affiliation: Catholic
Grades of School: 9-12, K-8
Students per teacher: Lower School: 8, Upper School: 15
Tuition: Lower School: $14,300; Middle School: $16,700; Upper School: $20,700
Financial aid offered?: Yes
College prep: # of AP/Honors/IB courses offered: 13 AP Courses
World languages taught and year in which instruction begins: French, K-12; Latin, 9-12; Spanish, 9-12
Extracurricular Activities: Academic/literary clubs, Instrumental music, Sports, Visual arts, Vocal music
Specific Extracurricular programs: Outdoor campus learning in Wetlands, Before and After Care Program, After-school Clubs for Lower School
School climate (what are you known for?): Academic rigor, Athletic prowess, Warm community
Some special needs accommodated: No, Yes
Summer program?: Yes
Which Survey?: High School Private
High School Specifics: Student-centered community environment, innovative classroom instruction where each student is known, encourage our girls to take ownership in their learning experience. The school for girls with strong minds and brave hearts; Senior Independent Study and Adulting Workshop Week, Domestic and International Sacred Heart exchange opportunities, Summer International Travel Program, Students average 50% more than the required number of service hours, Nurturing Environment, Athletic Championships.
HS Short Description: Student-centered school community with an updated academic program and curriculum offerings. Revised 21st Century schedule to included 60 and 70-minute classes over a seven-day rotation. Innovative classroom instruction with new graduation requirements require Upper School students to take four years of English and religion and three years of math, science, social studies, and world languages. Students will end each day with a 40-minute period to do homework, seek extra help, or meet with peers. More concentrated semester and full-year art courses in the Upper School.