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Our Mission & 5 Goals of the Sacred Heart

Faith. Academics. Service. Community. Growth.

United in tradition. Defined in spirit. The 5 goals of Sacred Heart have been the cornerstone of our educational foundation from the day we first opened our doors in 1867. They unite us in tradition. They define us in spirit. We invite you to take a closer look at our Goals and Criteria, and then you'll understand why our girls are inspired to go out and make change in the world.

We prepare young women to lead a purposeful life, to pursue their dreams and adapt to life’s challenges, to reach out to those less fortunate and live by the tenets of their faith, and to stand up for principles and make a difference in the world.

Our philosophy is rooted in the 200-year tradition of the Society of the Sacred Heart, which educates young women to become leaders of a just society by adhering to the following five goals:

View the Goals & Criteria of a Sacred Heart Education

The preamble of the original edition of the Goals and Criteria states that "values taken for granted or left unarticulated become inoperative." This conviction resulted in capturing the essence of Sacred Heart education in the five Goals. The Goals and Criteria provide both the uniqueness of a Sacred Heart School and the strong bond of union among the Network of Sacred Heart schools. They continue to challenge all Sacred Heart educators to deepen their understanding of these timeless principles.

*All Goals and text taken from the Goals and Criteria as published by the Society of the Sacred Heart, Saint Louis, Missouri – 2021

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