Caroleen

What are your thoughts about the academic experience at Sacred Heart?

The academic experience at Sacred Heart teaches the importance of critical thinking in a way that empowers the students. As a student myself, I was taught that it was not only “ok” to question, but rather that it was encouraged and expected.  The academic experience for my daughters has been one that continues that path of questioning and challenging, and academic rigor…but also embraces the “whole child.” I feel that Sacred Heart tailors the learning process to allow each child to flourish. I have two very different daughters, and the school provides an ideal learning environment for both of them.

What does being a Sacred Heart alumna mean to you?

Being part of Sacred Heart means you are taught to care and to give back in some way.   St. Madeline Sophie Barat’s words, “Your example, even more than your words, will be an eloquent lesson to the world,” describe a Sacred Heart student and alumna to me. It’s who you are, and what you do with your life, how you use the knowledge, the skills and the tools that the school has helped you build and create.

Why did you choose to attend Sacred Heart?

I attended two Sacred Heart network schools because my father was involved with Sacred Heart schools, and many RSCJ were part of our family’s lives growing up.

When I had two daughters, I hoped they would be able to attend 91st Street – because I knew in my heart that it would be the right school for them.   I wanted a school that provided a challenging academic curriculum, as well as offer them a well-rounded way to grow and understand the world around them. 

What have you learned about yourself by being a part of the Sacred Heart community?

I have learned how important it is to give back, in whatever way I can, and that the rewards of volunteering for something you believe in are truly immeasurable.

How have the values of the Goals and Criteria affected you?

The Goals & Criteria resonate throughout my experience at 91st Street – starting with the atmosphere of wise freedom that the school creates.   The encouragement of critical thinking, the love of learning, the opportunities for leadership, the development of self-confidence, the focus on having a social conscience, and the over-arching sense of community have all affected me in my roles as a parent, an alumna and as a trustee of the school.

What special characteristics of Sacred Heart make it feel like a second home?

One of the many special things about Sacred Heart is how the school takes care of its “family” – in good times and in difficult ones. The perfect example of how SH demonstrates this is through its “Loaves and Fishes” committee of the Parents’ Association – Loaves and Fishes reaches out to any Sacred Heart family who, in time of joy or sorrow, might be strengthened by an unsolicited expression of love and caring.   This can be anything from a prayer, personalized card, or delivery of a prepared meal.  It is always so amazing to me how quickly the slots fill up to provide these simple gestures when the committee is called upon – it is truly Sacred Heart in action!

Describe the feeling you had on your most recent visit to 91st Street.

For the past several years, I have been at Sacred Heart almost every day of the school week – for pick up, drop off, for a meeting, or a school event or activity. 

The experience is consistently one of energy, excitement, warmth, friendship, and of course, the intermittent anxiousness over a test or a project deadline for the girls!

If there were only one word you could use to describe what Sacred Heart means to you, what would it be?

Community

Caroleen, Alumna and Parent
Caroleen, Alumna and Parent