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Mission, Vision, Philosophy and Diversity


Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart is a community committed to providing young women with a comprehensive, balanced and challenging Catholic education rooted in the core values of the Franciscan tradition.

We graduate young women with intellectual preparedness, spiritual grounding, commitment to service and the leadership skills necessary to have a positive impact on the world.

Vision Statement

Empowering young women through excellence in education.


We believe that each student enrolled at Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart is a unique and important person and that every facet of her life—spiritual, emotional, intellectual, social and physical--should be developed.

We believe that all life comes from God and that Jesus Christ provides us with a model of personal growth.

We provide the atmosphere and experiences that encourage each student to develop as a responsible, educated, and spiritual woman.

We promote the development of a thinking, caring woman who respects the diversity of life and has the desire and ability to contribute constructively to the growth of herself and of other persons.

As an academy with a long Franciscan history, we learn from and respect the past, attend to and respond to the present, and look toward and prepare for the future.

Diversity Statement

Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart upholds the dignity of all persons. Grounded in our Franciscan charism, we honor each person’s identity in prayer, speech and actions. As members of regional, national and global communities, we strive to build bridges between and among cultures. In the spirit of St. Francis, we call on all members of the SHA community to join in building a welcoming, multicultural and just community.