SHA at a Glance
Sacred Heart Academy is a Catholic, all-girls high school with an enrollment of 829. As a member of Sacred Heart Schools, SHA is located on the Ursuline Campus in Crescent Hill, and sponsored by the Ursuline Sisters of Louisville.
The Class of 2015 earned more than $29 million in college scholarships, the highest amount of all girls’ Catholic high schools in Louisville. The average ACT composite score is 25.6 compared to the state average of 20 and Archdiocese average of 23.9. One-hundred percent of the senior class takes the ACT.
SHA is an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School. The Class of 2016 had 35 members earn the full IB diploma (a 100% success rate). In over 15 years of participation in IB testing, 94% of Sacred Heart students who attempted the diploma have been successful. The world average is approximately 82%. In addition, another 78 students from the class of 2016 earned IB Certificates in one or more subject areas.
SHA offers more college level courses than any other Catholic high school in Louisville. There are 32 IB and AP courses offered.
The faculty is made up of 83 teachers, counselors, and administrators, 77% of whom have graduate or postgraduate degrees. The student to teacher ratio is 10:1.
SHA students come from 65 local grade schools or middle schools (89 total schools including high school transfers and out of town schools) and 47 zip codes from Louisville, surrounding counties, and southern Indiana.
SHA is a Catholic school but all faiths are welcomed. Currently, approximately 20% of the student body come from other faith backgrounds.
SHA offers nearly $700,00 financial aid and academic scholarships.
SHA is a 1:1 school equipping each student with an iPad to add another dimension to the academic program. The iPad allows students to create, research, compose, and connect.
The athletic program has a rich tradition having earned 80 team state titles in its history. The on-campus athletic facility includes a gym, fitness center, five tennis courts, a regulation track, softball field, two natural grass fields and one synthetic turf field. Nearly 60% of the student body participates in one or more of 15 sports.
The Ursuline Arts Center (UAC) on campus provides students with a modern facility in which to develop their artistic talents. It has over 500 comfortable seats including balcony seating, orchestra pit, scene/prop shop and costume storage, wheelchair seating and a spacious atrium.
SHA, in cooperation with Sacred Heart School for the Arts, produces two musicals a year. Three SHA choirs compete locally, regionally, and nationally.
The faculty, staff, and students strive to live out the Ursuline Core Values of community, reverence, service, and leadership daily.