As with every unique culture, each has its own indigenous language. This is ours:
- Rosary & Mater Campus
- Academics Division (aka, Upper School)
- BOT (Board of Trustees)
- The Bridge Magazine
- Buzz Book
- Child of the Sacred Heart Prayer
- Children of Mary
- Coeur de Jésus
- Congé (School Family Fest)
- ED (Extended Day)
- Feast of Mater Admirabilis
- Feast of St. Philippine Duchesne
- Give ASH Day (Parents Annual Giving)
- Goals & Criteria
- Krewe de Coeur
- Krewe of Fluff
- Krewe of Smocks
- Little Hearts
- Mass of Thanksgiving Liturgy (2nd Grade)
- MASH (Middle School After School Help)
- Mater Admirabilis
- May Crowning
- Preparatory Division (aka Middle School)
- Primary Division (aka Lower School)
- Prize Day
- Sacré Coeur
- Sacred Heart PLUS
- Sacred Heart Athletic Booster Club
- SHCOG (Sacred Heart Commission on Goals)
The first convent and school conducted by the Religious of the Sacred Heart in New Orleans was located in the old French Quarter on Dumaine Street between Bourbon and Dauphine and opened on November 19th, 1867. The school was named Mater Admirabilis (Mother Most Admirable) in honor of the Blessed Mother. By 1871, the Mater Campus in the Vieux Carre dominated the corner property of Dumaine and Dauphine Streets.
Later the Religious of the Sacred Heart closed the Mater Admirabilis school in the French Quarter and purchased the John Calhoun estate on the school’s current site on St. Charles. On October 3, 1887, the Sisters opened the new school at 4521 St. Charles Avenue and dedicated it to Our Lady of the Rosary by naming it Notre Dame du Saint Rosaire. As years passed, the name has shortened to The Rosary as the name for the St. Charles campus.
In 2002, with the purchase of the property at the corner of St. Charles and Napoleon Avenues, Sacred Heart returned to its early history in the French Quarter and dedicated its new campus as the Mater Admirabilis campus. Beginning in 2005, the school refers to its St. Charles Avenue campus (Middle and Upper Schools) as the Rosary Campus. The new campus at the corner of St. Charles and Napoleon Avenues (Preschool, Lower School and Bob and Jeri Nims Fine Arts Center) is referred to as the Mater Campus.
A group of approximately 24 volunteer lay men, women, and Religious of the Sacred Heart which is responsible to see that the institution operates in the best interests of its students, faculty and parents. The board is responsible for making policy for the school and for hiring the head of school. The board meets 7-8 times a year and operates by an active committee system. Trustees hold in trust the school’s future, as well as its present. They are custodians of the integrity of the institution and are committed to and responsible to uphold the Goals and Criteria for Sacred Heart Schools in the life of the school.
The school directory and convenient reference guide to school activities and organizations. A complete school directory of administration, faculty, staff, room mothers, and members of various boards are included.
Directory info for parents, faculty and staff can easily found using LOGIN on our website www.ashrosary.org
The Sodality for lay women was formed in Paris in 1818. In 1832 since the rule of cloister prevented the religious from leaving their convents, Mother Barat organized a group of former students in Lyon to perform works of service, especially for the poor and needy. From these roots grew sodalities for the various levels of students: The Infant Jesus Sodality for the Lower School; the Sodality of St. Aloysius for the Middle School and Sodality of the Holy Angels for the High School. The Children of Mary became the sodality to which students in their last year of high school and in college aspired. The initials, E. de M. stand for the French “Enfant de Marie” (Child of Mary). The Rosary has a very active Children of Mary group which meets monthly at school for Liturgy, prayer and reflection together and several other times for prayer and discussion.
Coeur de Jésus sauvez le monde,
Que l’univers Vous soit soumis,
En Vous seul notre espoir se fonde,
Seigneur, Seigneur, Vous nous l’avez promis.
Vous l’avez dit, Votre promesse
Fait notre espoir, notre bonheur,
Je bénirai dans ma tendresse
Les enfants de mon Sacré Coeur.
Vous l’avez dit, Sauveur fidèle
Votre amour nous l’a révélé
Le coeur brûlant pour Moi de zèle
Par le mien sera consolé.
Heart of Jesus, save the world
May the universe be submitted to you
In you only our hope is founded
Lord, Lord, you have promised it to us
You have said it
Your promise makes our hope, our happiness;
I will bless in my tenderness
The children of the Sacred Heart
You have said it faithful Saviour
Your love has revealed it to us
The heart burning with zeal for me by mine will be consoled.
An annual fund raising campaign, held in the fall of each year. Volunteer parents solicit other parents for the GAP (the difference between tuition costs and the actual cost of educating each student for one year). All parents are expected to take part and to give whatever gift is within their means.
Learn more about the 5 Goals of the Academy of the Sacred Heart. Sacred Heart, the Rosary, belongs to an international group of Sacred Heart Schools and, more specifically, is an active and participating member of the Network of Sacred Heart Schools in the United States. These 22 schools in the U.S. share the same philosophy and goals and together offer an education marked by a distinctive spirit. They commit themselves to educate to:
I. a personal and active faith in God
II. a deep respect for intellectual values
III. a social awareness that impels to action
IV. the building of community as a Christian value
V. personal growth in an atmosphere of wise freedom
(Goals and Criteria for Sacred Heart Schools in the U.S., revised 2005)
A long-standing tradition in Sacred Heart schools. In days of the boarding schools, when it was common for classes to meet until 5:00 p.m., it was necessary to provide the students with a mid-afternoon snack. Today, goûter is a special treat served on special feast days and holidays. Traditional pink sugar cookies are served on the Feast of Mater.
In 1844 a generation after the Society of the Sacred Heart was founded, Pauline Perdrau, a young novice, took it upon herself to produce a fresco of the Virgin Mary on a wall in the recreational area of the Trinita dei Monti, a Sacred Heart Convent in Rome. Pauline chose to paint Mary as a young Jewish woman, sitting in the temple, clothed in a rose-colored dress. The fresco depicts a lily at Mary’s side representing her purity; the distaff and spindle, her love of work; the book, her dedication to study. Unfortunately, although Pauline put herself wholeheartedly into her task, her inexperience with the technique of fresco did not produce the beautiful soft painting for which she had hoped. The too vivid colors were hidden behind a drape. Pope Piux IX, upon visiting the convent, requested that the curtain in front of the fresco be removed. Seeing the fresco of Our Lady, its colors inexplicably softened, he exclaimed, “Mater Admirabilis!” (Mother Most Admirable). We celebrate the feast of Mater on October 20.
A group of parents and friends who help support the athletic programs at Sacred Heart. All families are invited to become members. Members receive free admission to all home games. Profits from the Athletic Club are used to underwrite the cost of extras needed for the athletic program which are not covered under the budget. Learn more >
Every five years each Sacred Heart school is evaluated by a group of Sacred Heart educators and trustees from the 21 network schools in a process that holds the school accountable to the Provincial of the Society of the Sacred Heart for the living of the mission of the Society. The national commission is composed of Religious of the Sacred Heart, lay educators and trustees in the Network, together with a member of the Provincial Team. SHCOG initiates, oversees and officially responds to a process of self-reflection. At regular intervals the school is able to determine where its strengths lie in relation to the Goals and Criteria, and also to express the concerns it has regarding how well it is living the vision expressed in them. The process aims at enabling each school to formulate a plan to deepen the life of the Goals and Criteria within the community.