Impelled to act.


Integral to the Sacred Heart experience, each student develops a deep understanding of the challenges faced by others and a social responsibility which impels to action.

Through Lower and Middle School, students progressively build a social awareness, grow in compassion and understanding and learn how they can draw upon their skills to impact and influence the larger world.

In Upper School, each student engages in a unique two-year Social Justice program that requires Immersion projects, a more sophisticated and committed level to service initiatives. The program not only provides transformative experiences for both students and people in the communities they serve, but also, it propels students to emerge as leaders creating positive, faith-based change at the local, national and global level.


Lower School: Develop Social Awareness

  • Preparing personalized holiday food baskets for Little Sisters of the Assumption Family Health
  • Bringing cheer to nursing home residents
  • Fundraising for annual Penny Harvest, which supports leukemia and lymphoma research


Middle School: Identify Passion and Purpose

  • Organizing the Math-a-thon to fund cancer research for St. Jude’s Hospital
  • Fundraising to support Girls Education in Uganda
  • Delivering Meals on Wheels to Homebound elderly at the Carter-Burden Center for the Aging every Monday with Head of School, Mrs. Adams.

Upper School: Lead Meaningful Change

  • Teaching student-founded Robotics After-school Program at the Concourse House
  • Building homes with Habitat for Humanity in Brooklyn - NY, Paterson - NJ, Appalachia - WV, and New Orleans - LA.
  • Come together in the context of social justice and solidarity to learn, reflect, pray, network, and advocate with youth from around the country at the Annual Ignatian Family Teach-In in Washington, DC.



Run solely by volunteer Sacred Heart Upper school students and 91st Street alumnae, H.E.A.R.T. (Health, Education and Responsible Tools) is a summer outreach program that helps children from under-resourced communities develop lifelong habits and routines that promote health, self-esteem, and academic achievement. Since its inception in 2011, H.E.A.R.T. programs have enriched the lives of over 400 children and provided educational leadership opportunities to more than 200 high school and college volunteers.

To learn more or apply, please email Michael Chung at 

H.E.A.R.T. 2022