The Academy of the Sacred Heart’s middle school for boys, Kensington Hall (KH), was founded in 2002 to address the specific and unique needs of boys in the “middle” years in a way that only a Sacred Heart education can. The Goals & Criteria provide the framework and mission for our spiritual, intellectual and social program. Employing a “middle school philosophy” (as opposed to a “junior high philosophy”) with an emphasis on best practices, KH views these years as critical and formative in each student’s development.
The faculty and staff stay abreast of the latest brain research and the methods that are most effective in reaching students in the various developmental stages found in pre-teen learners. This research is actively discussed and is readily apparent in daily lessons. The students and faculty also participate in a one-to-one mobile learning program. Each student having a computer is motivational and has been an agent for change in the instructional practices of the faculty.
Kensington Hall resides in a building that already was state-of-the-art. The Academy’s commitment to staying current means that KH will continue to benefit from ongoing projects like the field house, on a campus that is unrivaled in its serenity and beauty.
Small class sizes mean that each child receives the personal attention that he needs. Teachers know all of their students in a way that would be impossible in the larger environments that have become commonplace in middle schools across the country. The faculty and staff are also well aware of the difficulty parents experience during these years, therefore parent education and communication is a critical aspect of a KH education. Kensington Hall strives to provide a disciplined atmosphere in which to learn, while still providing a safe place to make mistakes. Character development is stressed on a daily basis.
The school’s proximity to the Middle School for Girls also allows a unique opportunity to safely guide the social development of both the boys and the girls.