A well-designed college preparatory curriculum reflects both the interests and the needs of the student. The Upper School provides the flexibility that allows the full development of individual interests without sacrificing what is essential in the liberal arts education of a young woman today.
Consistent with the Goals and Criteria of Sacred Heart Schools, the Upper School provides an academic program that focuses on the development of the whole person. Every student at the Academy receives intense training in the core disciplines of English, mathematics, social studies, world languages and science. Additionally, art, music, drama, forensics, theology, health and computer science are essential, integrated parts of this program. Through the physical education program, the Academy of the Sacred Heart helps each student develop a respect for physical fitness, a sense of fair play and an awareness of the enjoyment derived from athletic endeavors. Juniors and seniors may take more advanced courses such as Honors Calculus, Honors European History, Honors Molecular Biology, Honors Pre-calculus, Honors Physics, Honors U.S. History and a full range of Advanced Placement courses.
To learn more about our academic program and examine a complete listing of our courses with descriptions, view our Plan of Studies 2019-20 Booklet below. (Its requirements are applicable to the Class of 2023.) In addition, online courses via SophieConnect are available.
Past Plans of Studies
A 4x4, college-style, block schedule format is used in the Upper School. Blocked segments of time have been proven to be beneficial for the following reasons:
- to study subjects in greater depth with less fragmentation
- to encourage innovative and diverse instructional methodologies
- to have greater opportunities to integrate technology into the classroom
- to focus students' attention on fewer subjects in a term
- to reduce stress on both students and faculty
In order to receive a diploma from the Academy of the Sacred Heart, a student must satisfactorily complete the following program of courses. It is expected that students be in attendance for four (4) years (considerations will be made for transfer students). One credit is granted for the successful completion of a full term of course work. The following represents the minimum graduation requirements:
|REQUIRED COURSES||COURSE REQUIREMENTS|
|World Languages||3 Credits|
|Social Studies||4 Credits (Includes Economics and Government)|
|Theology||2.5 Credits, Required Annually|
|Fine and/or Performing Arts||2 Credits|
|Computer Studies||1 Credit|
|Physical Education / Health||Required Annually|
|Community Service||2 Hours Each Week|
|Project Term||Number of Days Varies Each Year (Typically Seven Days)|
A curriculum recommended for admission to highly selective colleges should include four (4) credits of English, mathematics, science, world languages and social studies, and two (2) credits of fine and/or performing arts.
Students are strongly encouraged to take a minimum of five academic classes each academic year. Included in the 7.5 required units is the option to register for a 0.5 or a 1.0 supervised study hall.