boarders - both hearts-webThe Academy of the Sacred Heart, in Grand Coteau, Louisiana, is a Catholic, independent, day and boarding school for girls. The boarding school accommodates approximately 30-50 students in grades eight through twelve and has been in continuous operation since the school opened in 1821. The boarding program attracts students from the United States and around the world, including Mexico, China, South Korea and Japan. These students are academic achievers who have a strong desire to succeed and to contribute to the Sacred Heart community. The five-day program provides students with an opportunity to reside at school during the week and go home for the weekends. The seven-day residential program offers planned activities each weekend. Both programs foster the ideals of independence, leadership and personal responsibility, as well as the building of community. The boarding students have diverse national and international backgrounds.

The school is located approximately 20 minutes north of Lafayette, Louisiana between the cities of Lafayette and Opelousas. Grand Coteau is a four hour drive from Houston, Texas, a two and a half hour drive from New Orleans, Louisiana and a three hour drive from Shreveport, Louisiana. Airports to consider if you are flying to Louisiana: Lafayette (LFT) – 30 minute drive to Sacred Heart; New Orleans (MSY) – 2 ½ drive to Sacred Heart; Houston (IAH) – 4 hour drive to Sacred Heart.

The boarding school provides airport travel to the Lafayette Regional Airport (LFT) as well as the Houston Airport for each school break. The Boarding School Head will establish this transportation information.


The Academy welcomes families who are interested in learning more about Sacred Heart education. Individual tours are available by appointment. Residential life applicants are encouraged to schedule an overnight visit as well as a day with their prospective class.

If you are interested in having your daughter study at the Academy of the Sacred Heart, please contact Mrs. Hélène Châtelain de Pronville at hchatelaindepr@sshcoteau.org or by phone at (337) 662-5275.