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“There are many alternatives to a Catholic education, but there is no substitute.”
Why Sacred Heart Catholic School?  
Why do Catholic Schools matter?
We believe that Catholic Schools matter:
Faith Matters.
Safety Matters.
Learning Matters.
Character Matters.
Faith is the cornerstone of life.  It is who we are and whose we are.  It is the foundation of all.  We want all our children to have a place in Heaven.  We want our children to know and understand that during good times and difficult times, we belong to our Heavenly Father and He takes care of us.  We do not want their relationship with Jesus Christ to be just a casual one.  We want them to know Him.
Our teachers know their students.  We know who is who and who is where.  We are a family who prays, learns and plays together.  In this increasingly violence stricken society, we offer a safe environment for learning.  Our school is monitored by cameras, and we have a very secure campus.  Children do not learn when they are scared nor when they are bullied.  We have a zero tolerance policy on bullying. 
We teach the child and not the book, and definitely not to "End of Grade" standardized testing.  Our teachers hold high standards for learning, accountability, and reaching full potential.  We know our students.  Our students graduate with an appreciation for always striving to do their best in all things. We have a long 136 year history of graduating students who are very prepared for the academic and social challenges of high school and beyond.  
Our learning in the classroom includes integrity and virtues. Students are taught to have a moral compass to make good decisions and wise choices.  This is woven through our faith lessons, teaching students that we are to be good disciples and good neighbors to everyone.
We asked many of our students, parents, and alumni these questions:  Why SHCS?  Why do Catholic Schools Matter?  They responded with great conviction. We pride ourselves in a long tradition of great academics, competitive athletics, character building, and community service, but FAITH formation is what makes SHCS special.  Our students learn the peace, love, kindness and strength that only comes from FAITH in our spiritual Father, his son Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. 
From Mrs. Julianne Goodman, mother
Our family has been a part of the Sacred Heart family going on 7 years. Sacred Heart provides an excellent foundation for the whole child including body, mind, and eternal soul. The administration as well as the teachers, both seasoned and new, are highly qualified and excited about education. Students are academically challenged and taught to be mindful citizens and volunteers. We are so grateful for this school and it's positive, safe, and nurturing environment!  My husband, Michael, is an alumni of SHCS and credits this school to the majority of his life's core values in faith, family, education, and personal development.  I love to volunteer and be with the students at school - it is such a blessing to see the children grow as students and individuals.
From Wendy and Patrick Malloy, parents
Sacred Heart Catholic School has been a huge part of our lives for 15 years now.  All 5 of our children at began in Kindergarten, with our youngest 2 still attending.  From Kindergarten to 8th grade graduation, this school has blessed our lives in many ways.  Sacred Heart prepared all of our children to do well in high school and beyond. Our oldest two children went on to excel academically in high school and graduated with honors, as well as performing at the honor lever in college, making their respective Dean and President's List.  Our middle child who is currently in high school, is frequently reminded by his teachers that the Sacred Heart alumni are well prepared morally and spiritually, as well as being given a firm academic base. But more than this, the love and kindness shown by the teachers, priests, and staff at Sacred Heart School make the school feel like a second home. We have been blessed to volunteer as coaches in different areas.  It has been a gift to see the different talents and cultures at Sacred Heart, all coming together as one family.  We love Sacred Heart Catholic School!  Sending our children to SHCS is one of the wisest investments we have ever made.
From Erin Dinse Brinkley, SHCS Alumnus Class of 1996 and 3rd grade teacher
We live in a time where change is constant and not always necessarily good.  Our world is fast paced and the importance of personal relationships are becoming less and less important.  I teach at Sacred Heart because we value relationships.  Sacred Heart is an authentic close-knit community where we know each other personally and we support one another.  I work with a group of peers that thrive on implementing lessons that will empower students both spiritually and educationally.  In turn, the students and staff empower me to grow in my own faith and to realize my best potential as a professional. At Sacred Heart, we celebrate the big things and the small things.  We celebrate our School Spirit (Go Dolphins), we celebrate saints and presidents, and we celebrate Christmas by remembering Christ is the center of this magnificent holiday.  We know at Sacred Heart that it is in giving, not in receiving, that true joy is found.  Teaching at Sacred Heart is a privilege and I am grateful for the opportunity it has provided me.