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College Profile

Our School and Community: Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart is ranked #1 by Business First in its most recent rankings and has been among the top three high schools in the area for the past eight years. Founded in 1877 in the Franciscan tradition, Sacred Heart Academy is the largest Catholic secondary school for young women in Western New York. We offer a college preparatory curriculum, combining the fundamentals of traditional education with the advanced skills and habits of mind necessary for the challenges of the future. Our innovative coursework prepares our students to be life-long learners.

Accreditation: Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart is chartered and registered by the Regents of the State of New York. The Academy is accredited by the New York State Department of Education. Sacred Heart is a member of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), the New York State Association for College Admission Counseling (NYSNACAC), the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA), and One Schoolhouse. In 2020, we were certified as an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School.


Enrollment: Total enrollment for the 2021-2022 school year is 423 students from 31 school districts. The faculty is comprised of 50 full and part-time teachers, yielding a student/teacher ratio of 8:1. The Class of 2021 graduated 109 young women.

Graduation Requirements: Sacred Heart Academy requires all students to complete a minimum of 27 credits in grades 9-12. All students are required to take four years of English, social studies, religious studies, physical education; three credits of mathematics, science, foreign language; one credit of computer-based courses; one credit of art and/or music; and one half credit of health. Honors classes are offered to qualified students in English, mathematics, social studies, and science. Each student is required to take one course in Chemistry and Physics.


Required Courses: 2021-2022 School Year
Key: AP= Advanced Placement, H= Course is also offered at the Honors level, CC= College Credit,   
E= Extended, IB= International Baccalaureate

Note: course sequence may vary based on previous credits earned




Literature I (H,E)

World History 9 (H)

Algebra/Geometry (H,E)

Spanish, French, Latin, Chinese

Biology (H)

Physical Education

Computer, Music, or Art Elective

Leadership Seminar



Literature II (H,E)

World History 10 (H)/ AP World History

Geometry (H,E)) / Algebra II (H,E)

Spanish, French, Latin, Chinese

Chemistry (H)/ Earth Science

Physical Education

Health or Elective

Leadership Seminar




American Lit/AP Lang & Comp

U.S. History (H)/ AP U.S. History

Alg II/Trig (H,E)/ Precalc (H,CC)/ IB Mathematics

Spanish, French, Latin, Chinese (H,IB)

Physics (H)/ Chemistry (H,IB)/ IB Biology or Science Elective

Physical Education


Leadership Seminar




British Lit/ AP Literature


AP Gov/Economics

Precalculus (H,CC)/ IB Mathematics

AP Calculus AB/AP Calculus BC (CC)

AP Statistics/Intro to Statistics

Financial Algebra

Chinese IV/Spanish (CC) /French (CC)

AP Biology/ AP Chemistry/AP Physics or Science Elective

Conceptual Physics

Conceptual Chemistry

Physical Education

Leadership Seminar


Electives: Creative Writing, Practical Law, Environmental Science, Forensic Science, Introduction to Engineering, Anatomy & Physiology, Wind Ensemble, Chamber Singers, Chorus, String Ensemble, Instrumental and Vocal lessons, Musical Theatre, Beginning Piano Class, Advanced Piano Class, Intro to Dance, Dance Ensemble, Publications Design, Career Internship, Computer Applications, Advanced Computer Applications, Accounting, Desktop Publishing, 3D Design & Computer Animation I & II, Intro to Art, Studio in Art, Ceramics, Advanced Ceramics, Drawing and Composition, Painting, Advanced Painting, Stained Glass, Advanced Seminar in Art, Digital Photography, Introduction to Psychology, Introduction to Sociology, Entrepreneurship.
**Availability of electives offered varies depending upon student enrollment each year


Weighting: Final course grades appear unweighted on the student transcript; course grades are weighted according to course difficulty only in the cumulative average. Honors courses are multiplied by 1.10 and AP and IB courses are multiplied by 1.16. Sacred Heart Academy does not provide class rank for students.

Grading Scale:

4.0   97-100 3.3   87-89 2.3   77-79 1.3   69-70
3.8   93-96 3.0   83-86 2.0   73-76 1.0   67-68
3.6   90-92 2.6   80-82 1.6   71-72 0.6   65-66
      0.0   Below 65
E= Excellent
G= Good
S= Satisfactory

Honor Roll: 3.4 

Honor Roll with Distinction: 3.8 


SAT Sacred Heart Academy Mean Scores

ERW - 598

Math - 583


College/University Placements for the Class of 2021

Private College/University: 81                           

Public College/University: 27                              

Four Year College/University: 108

Gap Year: 1

Out-of-State: 57

In-State: 51



100% of the Class of 2021 received a Regents Diploma from New York State.

99% of the Class of 2021 received Regents with Advanced Designation.  

25% of the Class of 2021 received Advanced Designation with Honors, signifying an average of 90 or better on eight state Regents examinations.

41% of the Class of 2021 received a Regents Mastery Designation in Science and/or Math.


Awards: In 2021, SHA had one National Merit Finalist, one National Merit Commended Scholar, 29 AP Scholars with Distinction, 12 Scholars with Honor, and 15 AP Scholars.


Scholarships: The Class of 2021 received a total of 657 college scholarships with a total value of $37,129,932.



Jennifer Demert
Head of School


Ashley Lanfear

School Counselor

Grade 12, Last Name A-I

Grade 11, Last Name A-K

Grade 10, Last Name A-K

Grade 9, Last Name A-K



Kristin Clarke

School Counselor

Grade 12, Last Name J-Z

Grade 11, Last Name L-Z

Grade 10, Last Name L-Z

Grade 9, Last Name L-Z