Upper School


UPPER SCHOOL (8th – 12th)

The 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 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 socio-economic backgrounds.

The 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 rigorous 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. Students may participate in an exchange program with other Sacred Heart Schools in the United States and abroad for nine weeks.




The International Program provides an immersion experience for English language learners that is tailored to each student’s individual level of English proficiency. Students are given an initial language assessment to determine placement and are mainstreamed to the greatest extent possible.  IP courses are designed to improve participants’ skills in speaking, listening comprehension, reading comprehension and writing. The IP program also encourages international students to learn about American culture while sharing their own cultures with their peers. International students often plan cultural events for the rest of the school to learn from and enjoy. Participants in the program have come from Latin American and Asian countries.


Honor Roll
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
  • 3.4  Honors

Standardized Testing
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 26.  Students in grades 7-10 are also administered the ERB test annually

Students in 2017 earned an average of $77,700 in scholarships per student.

College Acceptances
Generally, one hundred percent of the Academy’s 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.