As with every unique culture, each has its own indigenous language. This is ours:
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.
Academics (also known as ACD) is an internal name that refers to our Upper School Division. 1st Academics = 9th Grade. 2nd Academics = 10th Grade. 3rd Academics = 11th Grade. 4th Academics = 12th Grade.
Academy of the Sacred Heart Faculty Infant Nursery - a day care service available for the faculty and staff of Sacred Heart. Their babies (from 6 weeks to 3 years) are cared for by a qualified staff during the school hours.
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 publication which goes out to all constituents in the Sacred Heart family, as well as area non-profit agencies and friends of Academy of the Sacred Heart. It includes both school and alumnae news.
The school telephone directory and convenient reference guide to school activities and organizations. A complete school calendar, and a directory of administration, faculty, staff, room mothers, and members of various boards are included.
Directory info can easily found by logging in to our ASH Rosary mobile app (for iOS devices). Search "ASH Rosary" in the App Store.
I am a child of the Sacred Heart.
Each day, dear Lord, I will
love as You love,
study and learn,
help those who need me,
be a friend to all, and
make wise choices.
St. Madeleine Sophie, hear my prayer.
St. Rose Philippine, hear my prayer.
—Carmen Dickhaus, former ASH Preschool teacher
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.
(Meaning holiday) A tradition in Sacred Heart schools when students and teachers take leave from their regular studies and channel all their energy into having fun. Games include cache-cache (a group form of hide and seek). The Rosary has a Congé once a year for the students and the Mothers’ and Fathers’ Clubs also have a separate day of Congé each spring which is essentially a school fair.
A service provided in the pre-school area for the nursery and pre-kindergarten children who remain at school after the 12:00 dismissal. ED ends at 3:00.
Annual evaluation instruments to assess the academic program and student performance (grades 2 through 8).
This special feast honoring Mary the Mother of Jesus under the title of Mater Admirabilis (Mother Most Admirable) is an all-school liturgy. A senior who most resembles the qualities of Mater represents her. She costumes as Mater in the tableau, and is a part of the opening prayers for the liturgy.
The liturgical feast day of the RSCJ who brought the Society of the Sacred Heart to North America in 1818. This feast is celebrated by the entire school community at an all school liturgy.
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.
Before dismissal for Mardi Gras, the middle school students dress up in costumes drawn from the Greek and Roman myths or fables they have been studying.
Before dismissal for Mardi Gras, the senior class provides a mock Mardi Gras parade for the entire school. They parade in the main courtyard throwing beads and candy to all of the bystanders.
Before dismissal for Mardi Gras, the pre-school provides their own mock Mardi Gras, parading in costumes in the pre and lower school yards, dropping candy and other throws for all in attendance.
For girls 1 to 3 years of age, Little Hearts is our Early Learning Program designed to inspire our youngest of students to grow in all areas – social, emotional, cognitive, physical and spiritual.
(Middle School After School Help) a service for MS students who must remain after school hours. MASH closes at 6:00 p.m.
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.
During this month, which is especially dedicated to Our Lady, each division pays special tribute to Mary in a May Crowning ceremony. Some students who exemplify the life of Mary are chosen to be in the Honor Guard.
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.
A traditional Sacred Heart Color – In keeping with the tradition of the Religious of the Sacred Heart and the Society’s devotion to the Virgin Mary as a young woman clothed in a rose-colored dress, our school often features the color pink in several of our traditions. Certain rooms (the main corridor and the Assembly Room of the Rosary Campus, and the chapel of the Mater campus) are painted “Mater pink;” and on Mater’s Feast (October 20), the little girls often war pink hair bows, and faculty often choose to wear pink items of clothing for the day. Pink cookies in the shape of hearts with the letters ASH in white icing are often served at traditional receptions such as Senior/Mother Tea and Graduation.
The formal closing ceremony of the school year for middle and high school students. The seniors process in their white graduation dresses. All major school awards are presented at this time. Parents of seniors are invited to the ceremony.
Rally is a spirit‐filled afternoon of games, competition and dance performances for the Upper School and faculty.
Religieuse du Sacré Coeur de Jesus - Religious of the Sacred Heart of Jesus - the initials used after the names of the religious order of the Society of the Sacred Heart. The RSCJ order sponsors the schools in the Network of Sacred Heart Schools, throughout the world.
Means “Sacred Heart” in French.
A service provided in for those children in the pre and lower schools who must remain after school hours. Plus closes at 6:00.
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.
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.
Children making their First Communion do so in their Church parishes. However, all second grade communicants celebrate this wonderful event together in a second grade liturgy in the Sacred Heart Rosary Chapel. They wear white/pastel dresses and receive Mater medals.
A fund raising activity sponsored by the Junior class but involving all of the school community in the fall of each year. Profit from the sales helps underwrite the cost of the Junior-Senior prom, the Senior Class gift and other activities within each division of the school.