At Academy of the Sacred Heart, girls go beyond academic learning to discover who they are as confident, self-aware leaders ready to make a difference in the world. When learning is directly tied to the understanding of self and to increased knowledge of the world, girls learn best. Unique to the Upper School, the Experiential Learning Program includes Mentor, weekly community service, Grade 9 Seminar, Retreats, Clubs, Student Government, Exchange, and Project Term. This program allows girls to build on their classroom learning outside of the School's walls, deepen their faith formation, and engage in reciprocal acts of justice, service, and connection.
Academy of the Sacred Heart, Bloomfield Hills is committed to helping students grow into collaborative problem solvers and transformational leaders. In the Upper School, no program illustrates this commitment better than Project Term. Started in 1974, Project Term uniquely integrates the Goals and Criteria of a Sacred Heart Education by providing an opportunity for students to radically expand their understanding of the world around them and their place and purpose on this earth. Each year, all students grades 9-12 participate in a seven-month program in which they leverage design thinking to explore complex global issues in partnership with diverse organizations and experts around the world, from Pontiac to Peru. The highlight of the program is a week-long field study during which students travel to their partner site for an immersive learning experience that invites them to step outside of their comfort zone, explore new cultures and communities, and work shoulder-to-shoulder with non-profit organizations and experts committed to addressing such issues as climate change, homelessness, education equity, and forced migration. Over the course of their time at Sacred Heart, students participate in four different transformational Project Term experiences and for many students, these experiences form the foundation for their future studies and chosen vocation.