At a Glance

The Convent of the Sacred Heart, located on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, is the oldest independent girls’ school in New York City. Established in 1881 by the Society of the Sacred Heart, it is part of a worldwide network of nearly 160 schools in 41 countries with 24 schools in North America.

Sacred Heart is accredited by the New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS). It is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools, the Independent Schools Association of Greater New York, the National Coalition of Girls’ Schools, the Guild of Independent Schools of New York, the European Council of International Schools, the International Schools Association and the Network of Sacred Heart Schools in the United States.


General Information

  • Founded in 1881
  • All-girls, pre-kindergarten through grade 12
  • Independent college preparatory day school


  • 1 East 91st Street, housing the Middle and Upper Schools (opened in 1934)
  • 7 East 91st Street, housing the Lower School (opened in 1940)
  • 406 East 91st Street, Athletic and Wellness Center (opened in 2014)
  • 6 Science Labs
  • 3 Performance Spaces
  • Photography Darkroom Studio
  • 2 Rooftop Playgrounds
  • SMARTboards and Apple TVs in all classrooms for grades K-12
  • 3 Libraries and Virtual Library Access
  • iPads are issued to all students in grades 8-12


  • Current enrollment of students in pre-kindergarten through grade 12: 720
  • Lower School: pre-kindergarten, junior kindergarten, kindergarten and grades 1 through 4
  • Middle School: grades 5 through 8
  • Upper School: grades 9 through 12
  • Students of color: 29%
  • Average grade size (K-12): 52
  • Student/Faculty Ratio: 7:1
  • 90+ courses offered annually in the Upper School, including 19 Advance Placement (AP) options and 5 foreign languages.
  • 40+ after school activities available every fall, winter and spring to Lower School students
  • 30+ electives and activities available to Middle School students
  • 30+ clubs and activities available to Upper School students
  • Over 40% of the sophomore class study abroad on exchange for 3 to 10 weeks
  • 255 graduates from the Classes of 2014-2018 are presently attending 96 different institutions.


  • Full-time faculty members: 108
  • Faculty members with advanced degrees: 90%
  • Average teaching experience per faculty member: 13 years
  • 100% of faculty participate in professional development workshops and conferences

We must remember that each one of our children is destined for a mission in life. Neither we nor they can know what it is, but we must know and make them believe that each one has a mission in life and that she is bound to find out what it is, that there is some special work for God which will remain undone unless she does it, some place in life which no one else can fill."

Mother Janet Erskine Stuart, Fifth Superior General of the Society of the Sacred Heart (1857-1914)