UPPER SCHOOL (8th – 12th)
Berchmans Academy of the Sacred Heart’s philosophy emanates from the educational tradition begun in France in 1800 by St. Madeleine Sophie Barat and brought to America in 1818 by St. Philippine Duchesne.
The school offers a challenging college preparatory curriculum, where the students are not only encouraged to acquire the basic skills to continue their education, but also are encouraged to gain a love of learning and the ability to apply their knowledge to moral, intellectual, and social questions. While focusing on the individual, the school endeavors to provide opportunities for students to develop a concern for others through the sharing of experiences by students and faculty from diverse cultural, ethnic, religious and socioeconomic backgrounds.
Berchmans Academy of Sacred Heart has long met and exceeded the TOPS requirements because our plan of studies is designed to provide students with a broad-based liberal arts education. Our primary curriculum goal is to honor the integrity of our Sacred Heart academic program while also meeting the requirements of external programs such as TOPS and the LDE Core Four curriculum. Curriculum decisions are based on a blend of the traditional liberal arts curriculum and the educational needs of the twenty-first century.
The Upper School operates on a semester basis.
The Schools of the Sacred Heart prepares students for college; thus, the high school academic program is strong and challenging. Each year, 100 percent of the Academy’s graduates are accepted to colleges and universities throughout the United States and abroad. Teaching sections average 15 students each. Students may participate in an exchange program with other Sacred Heart Schools in the United States and abroad for nine weeks.
Students receive formal grades at the end of each semester and progress reports at mid-semester. A cumulative grade point average is computed for every student at the end of each academic year.
A minimum 3.4 GPA for the year is required for Honor Roll.
4.0 Highest Honors
3.7 High Honors
Students take the ACT PLAN, PSAT, SAT, ACT and AP tests. The average ACT Score for the graduating class of SSH for the past 3 years is 25
The 37 members of the Class of 2015 earned $3.5 million in merit based scholarships.
Generally, one hundred percent of the Berchmans Academy graduates attend a four-year college or university. Our students are accepted to universities such as: Auburn University, Baylor University, Boston College, Harvard University, Penn State University, Rice University, Stanford University, Tulane University, University of Notre Dame, and Vanderbilt University.