Those who have to educate them to something higher must themselves have an idea of what they want; they must believe in the possibility of every mind and character to be lifted up to something better than it has already attained; they must themselves be striving for some higher excellence, and must believe and care deeply for the things they teach
..…let us not rest on our beautiful past."
-Janet Erskine Stuart
In the mere 16 years since the dawn of the new millennium, Convent of the Sacred Heart has realized unprecedented growth and success. Since 2000, the school’s operating budget has tripled; its endowment has quadrupled; its campus has grown by over 50%; its faculty and staff have increased by nearly 30%; and it has added entirely new departments and fields of study, including engineering, computer science, Mandarin and wellness, all while keeping tuition in the middle range of its peer schools and increasing enrollment by only 11%.
From the development and implementation of dozens of new classes and programs to the massive expansion of the school’s physical plant, from national media attention for its innovative S.T.E.M. program of creating prosthetic hands for children in need to awards and honors too countless to list, at no time in history has the school been as forward-thinking, ambitious and successful.
But as one of our pioneering leaders, Janet Erskine Stuart, stated over 100 years ago, “let us not rest on our beautiful past.”
The following document represents over a year’s work of group meetings with students, parents, alumnae, and faculty and staff, as well as multiple surveys and many hours of committee deliberation and board discussion. As you read the school’s plans for the next five years, know that the framework that drives it all is the Goals & Criteria, along with the reaffirmation of our spiritual, Catholic heritage and our community’s desire for “higher excellence.”
We began the process of creating this plan by looking at the school and all of its functions through the lenses of Critical Analysis, Creativity, Leadership and Ethical Judgment. This is how we teach the students to address a challenge, and this is how we approached the process of analyzing the ideas, recommendations and needs you presented to us that ultimately made it into the plan before you. As the next pages illustrate, to achieve this “higher excellence,” we will continue to heavily invest in every asset of our school, from our facilities and classrooms to our faculty and staff to our programs and endowment.
We are thrilled to share our community’s focus for the next five years in the following sections. As we enter this exciting time, we honor and reaffirm the previous strategic planning committee’s vision as the one that continues to drive us today: “We seek to support our students as they build the intellectual and spiritual foundation necessary to living out the Mission of Sacred Heart education as they pursue their dreams, aspirations and commitments, with integrity, whatever those dreams, aspirations and commitments may be and wherever our students may need to go to pursue them.”