Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart
Welcome to Sacred Heart Academy, where we educate the complete young woman – spirit, mind, and body. We provide a challenging academic environment with an outstanding faculty, small class sizes, and a full array of Regents, Honors, and Advanced Placement courses to encourage our students to reach their full potential. With personal attention, each student develops the ability and skills to grow, lead, and serve. In addition to the National Honor Society, we offer an English Honors Society, our Franciscan Scholars, who have additional opportunities to explore literature through local theatrical performances. We have also introduced a STEM Honors Cohort that involves summer coursework and allows students to take additional AP courses in math and science and to also engage in a summer internship/mentorship the summer before their senior year.
We encourage our young women to enroll in the most rigorous courses for which they meet the pre-requisites as outlined in the Curriculum Guide. We further encourage them to challenge themselves to earn a NYS Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation and to attain a minimum mastery score of 85 on Regents examinations. Our young women are meeting the challenge as demonstrated by the graduating class of 2015:
- The 104 graduates in the Class of 2015 earned over $25 million in scholarships and awards.
- 100% of our graduates earned a Regents Diploma.
- 95% of our graduates earned a Regents Diploma with Advanced Distinction.
- Business First ranked Sacred Heart as the third highest performing high school in Western New York. In subject area rankings, SHA received a top ranking of five stars in each of the subject areas of English, Mathematics, Social Studies, and Science.
- Approximately 40% of our students take one or more AP classes and their scores place the school ahead of state and global score results. Among the 2015 graduates, there were three National AP Scholars.
College credit may also be earned through our partnerships with local colleges and on our campus through our relationships with Niagara University, Erie Community College, and the Online School for Girls. In addition to our core academic subjects, SHA students receive four years of religious instruction and have the opportunity to explore academic interests in art, dance, technology, and other elective courses. Seniors may participate in our Career Exploration Internship Program, which offers a multitude of placements in chosen fields of interest.
Through our collaboration with the SUNY Buffalo Confucius Institute, our students may now pursue a sequence in Mandarin Chinese. These courses are taught by Fang Li, who is a visiting teacher from China.
Seminar courses are included at each grade level. Seniors will be guided through the college application process. Juniors will receive SAT preparatory instruction along with career and college exploration. Sophomores will engage in development of their critical and creative thinking skills. Freshwomen will focus on study habits, note taking, and test taking skills and will receive instruction about safe relationships and dating. Each year, students will spend time learning about and developing their capacity to lead. This four year study culminates in the design and implementation of a leadership project conducted during Senior year.
Our academic program is rounded out with a four-year physical education curriculum that emphasizes life-long healthy living and includes a unit of self-defense at every grade level. We are thrilled that our physical education courses will take place in our new, state-of-the-art Athletic Center introduced in 2014.
The curriculum and experiences offered allow us to graduate young women who are prepared to be leaders in every aspect of their lives.