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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 2019 graduated 124 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

E- Excellent S- Satisfactory         P-Pass

G- Good U- Unsatisfactory

Honor Roll: 3.4  Honor Roll with Distinction 3.8       Passing: D-/65%

SAT Scores: Class of 2018                                      ACT Scores: Class of 2019

Sacred Heart/NY State                                             Sacred Heart/National

Cr/R     Mth       Wr Cr/R       Mth     Wr                    Reading     English     Math     Science     STEM      Composite       

575      573       587 494        508      482                   25/21           23/20         22/21    23/21         23/21         23/21         


College/University Placements for the Class of 2019

Private College/University: 75                             Out of State: 82

Public College/University: 49                              In State: 42

Four Year College/University: 121

Two year College: 3

Diplomas: 100% of the Class of 2019 received a Regents Diploma from New York State: 97% of the class received Regents with Advanced Designation and 25% of the Class of 2019 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 2019, SHA had 18 AP Scholars, 11 Scholars with Honor, 20 AP Scholars with Distinction and 4 National AP Scholars.

Scholarships: 675 college scholarships were offered. 92% of the Class of 2019 received monetary scholarships with a total value of $31,516,420.
Required Courses: 2019-2020 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*)
Phys Ed
Computer, Music, or Art
Leadership Seminar
Literature II (H*)
World History 10 (H*/AP)
Geometry (H*) / Algebra II (H*)
Spanish, French, Latin, Chinese
Chemistry (H*)/ Earth Science
Phys Ed


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*)

Leadership Seminar

Science Elective

Phys Ed




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

Conceptual Physics

Conceptual Chemistry

Phys Ed

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