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College Profile

Our School and Community: Sacred Heart Academy is a private Catholic secondary school for young women rooted in the core values of the Franciscan tradition. We offer a college preparatory curriculum, combining the fundamentals of traditional education with the advanced skills necessary to prepare women for the challenges of the future. Our courses present challenging and rewarding opportunities, while preparing our students to be life-long learners.

Accreditation: Sacred Heart Academy is chartered and registered by the Regents of the State of New York. The academy is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and High Schools and 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, (NYSACAC), and One Schoolhouse. Total enrollment for the 2020-2021 school year is 435 students from 30 school districts; there are 54 full and part-time faculty members including three Sisters of St. Francis, yielding a student teacher ratio of 10:1. The Class of 2020 graduated 129 young women.

Graduation Requirements: Sacred Heart Academy requires all students to complete a minimum of twenty-seven 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/music; and one half credit of health. Honors classes are offered to qualified students in English, mathematics, social studies, and science. Sacred Heart offers 14 Advanced Placement courses. In 2019, 282 Advanced Placement examinations were given in 14 subjects.

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 courses are multiplied by 1.16. Sacred Heart Academy does not provide class rank for students.

Grading Scale:


A+ 4.0 97-100       B+      3.3     87-89         C+    2.3      77-79 D+     1.3 69-70

A 3.8 93-96       B       3.0     83-86         C      2.0      73-76 D 1.0       67-68

A- 3.6 90-92       B-       2.6     80-82         C-    1.6       71-72 D- 0.6       65-66

F   0.0 Below 65

Passing: D-/65%

E- Excellent S- Satisfactory         P-Pass

G- Good U- Unsatisfactory

Honor Roll: 3.4 

Honor Roll with Distinction 3.8       


SAT National Mean Scores

ERW - 528

Math – 523


SAT New York State Mean Scores

ERW - 528

Math – 530


Sacred Heart Academy Mean Scores

ERW - 607

Math – 593


College/University Placements for the Class of 2020

Private College/University: 86                           Out of State: 51

Public College/University: 43                              In State: 78

Four Year College/University: 127

Two year College: 2


Diplomas: 100% of the Class of 2020 received a Regents Diploma from New York State: 99% of the class received Regents with Advanced Designation and 25% of the Class of 2020 received Advanced Designation with Honors, signifying an average of 90 or better on eight state Regents examinations, or their approved equivalents (AP and/or SAT Subject Test scores).


AP Scholars: In 2020, SHA had 25 AP Scholars, 7 Scholars with Honor, 25 AP Scholars with Distinction and 3 National AP Scholars.


Scholarships: 570 college scholarships were offered to the Class of 2020 with a total value of $37,820,806.


Required Courses: 2020-2021 School Year
Key: AP= Advanced Placement, H*= Course is also offered at the Honors level

Note: course sequence may vary based on previous credits earned




Literature I (H*)

World History 9

Algebra/Geometry (H*)

Spanish, French, Latin, Chinese

Biology (H*)

Physical Education

Computer, Music, or Art Elective

Leadership Seminar




Literature II (H*)

World History 10 (H*/AP)

Geometry (H*) / Algebra II (H*)

Spanish, French, Latin, Chinese

Chemistry (H*)/ Earth Science

Phys Education

Health or Elective

Leadership Seminar




American Lit/AP Lang & Comp

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

Alg II/Trig (H*)/ Precalc (H*)

Spanish, French, Latin, Chinese (H*)

Physics (H*)/ Chemistry (H*) or Science Elective


Leadership Seminar

Physical Education




British Lit/ AP Literature


AP Gov/ Eco;

AP Gov/ AP Eco

Precalculus (H*)/ Calculus/AP Calc AB/AP Calc BC

AP Statistics/Intro to Statistics

Financial Algebra

Chinese IV

College Spanish /College French

AP Biology/ AP Chemistry/AP Physics or Science Elective

Conceptual Physics

Conceptual Chemistry

Physical Education

Leadership Seminar


Electives: Creative Writing, Practical Law, Environmental Science, Exercise Physiology, 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


Jennifer Demert
Head of School


Ashley Lanfear

School Counselor

Grade 12, Last Name A-Ma

Grade 11, Last Name A-I

Grade 10, Last Name A-K

Grade 9, Last Name A-K



 Kristin Clarke

School Counselor

Grade 12, Last Name Mc-Z

Grade 11, Last Name J-Z

Grade 10, Last Name L-Z

Grade 9, Last Name L-Z