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SHA at a Glance

Founded: 1877 by the Sisters of St. Francis of Penance and Christian Charity
Affiliation: Roman Catholic, but welcoming to students from all backgrounds and faiths
Motto: Christus Super Omnia (Christ Above All)
Building & Facilities:
  • Main building, built in 1930
  • Athletic Center (2014)
  • Clare Music Hall
  • Art Gallery (2015)
  • Collaboratory (2016)
  • Museum (2016)
Enrollment: 423 girls, grades 9-12
30 school districts,
50 middle and elementary schools
  • College preparatory
  • 16 AP courses
  • Advanced Designation Regents Diploma: 99%
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma Program School
  • Academic Support Program (English & Math)
  • 100% of graduates attend college
  • Ranked the #1 high school overall in Western New York (out of 132)*  (Business First Guide to Western New York Schools, 2019-20)
  • In subject areas, SHA received subject awards in all four areas: English, Mathematics, Social Studies, and Science
  • Class of 2020: One National Merit Finalist, 1 National Merit Commended Student, 29 AP Scholars with Distinction, 12 AP Scholars with Honor, 15 AP Scholars
50 Faculty members, 47 hold or are working toward an advanced degree;
Teacher/Student ration is 1:8;
Average class size is 18.
Tuition & Fees: $14,074
Co-curricular opportunities: More than 40 clubs and extracurricular activities
  • 1:1 iPad program
  • Smart classrooms
  • 3-D printers
  • Laser cutter
Community Service: 20 hours/year
Member of the Monsignor Martin League (MML)
14 interscholastic sports and two club sports
Performing Arts:
  • Annual musical and drama productions
  • Coffeehouse
Patron Saints: St. Francis and St. Clare
Mascot: SHAmus the Shark
School colors: Maroon & White
Uniform: Grey skirt and polo shirt
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