Emerging as confident, strong leaders.

The Upper School provides students with the critical discourse, experiences, and self-discovery to help them recognize what gives them a sense of meaning, and from there, how to forge a purposeful life.

At Sacred Heart, we empower our students to take intellectual risks and see mistakes not as pitfalls, but rather rich opportunities from which to learn and grow. Our students learn to embrace ambiguity and become resilient, flexible thinkers. At each level, students progressively cultivate skills of critical analysis, creative thinking, leadership, and ethical judgement.

Our curriculum is customized to each student, offering over 90 courses across a range of disciplines so that each student not only has a strong academic foundation but also can probe deeply into areas of interest. Our low student-teacher ratio allows for deep connections between students and teachers and results in individualized support, mentorship and inspiration.

Margaret Savino
Head of Upper School

Academic Program Highlights

Grade 9

Starting in their first year, students focus on building their skills in research and analysis, persuasive writing and public speaking so that each girl learns to articulate with conviction her ideas and unique viewpoint.

Grade 10

In 10th grade, students expand their social justice and global perspectives as they engage in year-long community service projects and have the opportunity to study abroad at one of our international network schools.

Grade 11

A highlight of Junior year is a year-long, interdisciplinary research project that requires each student to deeply examine a topic of her choosing, exercising collegiate-level critical analysis and communication skills. Each student proposes a research project on a specific Christological theme and shares her research project with the class in a 40 minute presentation at the end of the school year. 

Former topics include:

  • The Syrian Refugee Crisis: An Analysis of the Impact of Migration and Relocation on Children
  • Political Activism and Theological Perspectives on Occupy Central and the Umbrella Movement
  • Catholic Social Teaching: Social Justice in a Religious Context
  • Capital Punishment: the Pervasive Effects in History, Modern Society, and Religion.

Grade 12

Senior year culminates in an opportunity to pursue a two year mission-based capstone project in which students complete in-depth, collegiate level research on a subject of their choosing and present the findings of their research in the spring of senior year to the school community. 

Former capstone titles include:

  • Computational Neuroscience
  • 20th Century Catholicism & Islam
  • Middle Eastern Politics Iran, Afghanistan & U.S.
  • ENabling the Future
  • Astrophysics


Curriculum Guide

We invite you to explore our curriculum guide to discover the many opportunities available at Sacred Heart. If you have any questions about our exceptional academic program, extracurricular program or any part of the Sacred Heart experience, please do not hesitate to reach out.