Sacred Heart Profile
First Sacred Heart school in NOLA, Mater Admirabilis
Student to faculty ratio
Average class size for PreK–Grades 12
National & International Sacred Heart Schools
Home of 94 State & Runners-up athletic titles
College acceptance rate to four-year colleges*
Sacred Heart schools in the U.S. & Canada
Where ASH girls come from
New Orleans, Mandeville, Destrehan, Chalmette, LaPlace – we never know where our future Sacred Heart girls will come from.
ASH At A Glance
- Founded: 1867
- Affiliation/Student Body: Catholic/All Girls
- Headmistress: Sr. Melanie A. Guste, RSCJ, Ph.D.
- Tuition: $9,810-$20,250
- Grades Taught: Ages 1 – Grade 12
- Student/Faculty Ratio: 10/1
- Total Students: 749
- Average class size: 16
- 150+: National & International Sacred Heart Schools
- Accelerated: 12 AP & Online AP courses
- Total Faculty & Staff: 175
- Mascot: Cardinals "Ashley"
Other frequently asked Sacred Heart questions.
- Where Do Sacred Heart Girls Go To College?
- Brief History
- Our Curriculum
- Honors & Advanced Placement Courses
- Grading Scale
- Honor Roll & Testing
- Accreditations, Memberships & Affiliations
- What uniforms do Sacred Heart girls wear?
Generally, 100% of the school’s graduates attend a four-year college or university. Over the past five years, Sacred Heart graduates have continued their studies at many diverse institutions – from Notre Dame, Virginia, Vanderbilt and Howard to Colorado, Michigan, SCAD and Johns Hopkins.
- In 1867, the RSCJs open the first Sacred Heart school, Mater Admirabilis, in the French Quarter.
- Rev. Mother DuTreil, RSCJ purchased the John Calhoun/Rivers estate at 4521 St. Charles Avenue––the second Sacred Heart school in New Orleans which opened with three students.
- Through the years, the Rosary building underwent three major expansions in 1906, 1913, and 1996.
- In 1998, the expansion included the new academic wing on the corner of Jena and Carondelet Streets.
- In 2002, the Board of Trustees authorized the purchase of the First Baptist Church property on St. Charles and Napoleon avenues.
- The Mater Campus opened in the fall of 2005 and is home to the Preschool and Primary School.
- In 2011, the school opened a new Arts and Athletics Complex on the back square of the Rosary Campus that enhances the arts, athletics, wellness, and co-curricular programs.
- In 2012, the Rosary campus celebrated its 125th year anniversary on the historic St. Charles Avenue
- In 2017, extensive renovations were made to the STEAM wing of the Rosary Campus, launching the Richard C. Colton Jr. Performing and Fine Arts Center along with the Katherine and Robert Boh Innovation Lab & Makerspace. The library wing also underwent design and learning space renovations.
Required courses include:
Advanced Placement courses are offered in English Language, English Literature, French Language, Spanish Language, World History, United States History, Government, Biology, Environmental Science, Calculus, Statistics, Computer Science and Studio Art. Students in these courses are prepared for and required to take Advanced Placement tests to earn honors credit. Advanced Placement courses are considered honors courses.
Honors courses are marked H on the transcript and are weighted +1 in the GPA. Advanced Placement courses are marked H AP on the transcript and are weighted +1 in the GPA.
Honors courses are offered in:
• English II
• French II, III, IV
• Spanish II, III, IV
• Algebra II
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A minimum 3.40 GPA for the year with no grade below B- (except honors courses where no grade may be below C+) is required.
Based on grades from June 2019, the class of 2019 had the following record:
- 4.00 Highest Honors 15/51
- 3.70 High Honors 9/51
- 3.40 Honors 6/51
Students take the PSAT9, PSAT/NMSQT, SAT, SAT Subject Tests, ACT and AP tests. AP scores are always sent separately and typically only to the college they will attend.
Tech in the Class
The Academy of the Sacred Heart students can receive Microsoft Office Specialist Certification in Word, Excel and Power Point. Students, through these specific computer classes, can earn up to three college credits.
- Network of Sacred Heart Schools
- Archdiocese of New Orleans
- National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
- Independent Schools Association of the Southwest (ISAS)
- National Coalition of Girls’ Schools (NCGS)
- National Association of Principals of Schools for Girls (NAPSG)
- Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE)
- Online School for Girls
Uniforms inspire girls to express themselves in other ways.
Upper School Students wear a traditional plaid skirt with a Sacred Heart Oxford blouse or Polo Shirt with top siders or bucks and socks with Sacred Heart logo.
Middle School students wear a traditional plaid skirt with a Sacred Heart polo shirt.
Lower School students wear plaid jumpers with white Peter Pan collared shirts.
Preschool students wear blue puffy-sleeved smocked dresses with monogrammed Peter Pan collar and bloomers.
Little Hearts wear green puffy-sleeved smocked dresses with monogrammed Peter Pan collar and bloomers with our youngest group, the one year olds, wearing a green smocked bubble.