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Sacred Heart Model School

Private | K-8 | 360 students

SHMS is best known for its academic excellence and arts integration.

 
 

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Situated in an urban neighborhood. The median home value is $137,500. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $650.

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Posted May 26, 2014

A neighbor pointed us to the Sacred Heart Schools campus, where we have been for 13 years. Our children have had the best education possible, beginning at Sacred Heart Preschool. I read other review submitted by parents who sound bitter. Now that I work in a school environment, I know first-hand that parents tend to blame the school if there is a challenge, rather than take ownership and partner with the school for an answer. I take bitter reviews with a grain of salt. Model School was OUTSTANDING for my kids: challenging yet nurturing, and prepared my kids to enter high school classes in full honors. Test scores are high; so are the opportunities for kids to grow their hearts through service outreach. They educate not only the mind but the heart of these students. Yes, it is expensive. I worked two jobs to keep my kids there! It is private education. But it is an INVESTMENT IN YOUR CHILD. I know this investment will pay life-long dividends. Go and visit!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 27, 2013

If your child is gifted or at least above average intelligence, then this is where you want to send your child. I know the current group of teachers are amazing and have to spend much of their summer taking classes and keeping up on their teaching skills. My son was far above his classmates at another private school and was bored; but SHMS challenges him on a daily basis and he loves school again. They have a great athletics program as well. If you want the absolute best for your child (while not cheap), then this is the school for them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 7, 2012

my daughter was in the preschool and had two teachers that spoke horrible english (broken) and barked orders at the kids. Thier first language was not english and thus teaching my child correct english was an issue. They called children "bad". Were less than excited to be teaching and for "parties" like valentines day they watched T.V. We did 3 day a week part time and by the end of they year we hardly went because it was board and all she was learning was to to call names. During confirences I was told my daughter could already do the skills required to move to the next room "on the paper" so they were not "focusing" on her. We moved schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 27, 2012

Don't waste your money and time with that school. Over there is all about who donated more..... Because the kids are judge by who the parents are. After 3 years I finally made the best decision: TAKE MY KID OUT!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 17, 2012

My son is in the 2yr classroom. At first I was excited about what they sold me. A great curriculum with science and math and no tv. However, the kids were out of control and not enough staff can handle. They say they have an 8 to 1 ratio but they are really skimping cuz the kids are not engaged and are hitting each other. Plus its expensive. Take your kids elsewhere.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 16, 2012

Sacred heart Model School it's absolutilly "NOT" a school that a new parents should get your children's ....They only care about BE BOSSY- and they don't take care the kids like they should. Very bad experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 29, 2011

I love this school. The principal is about the value of each child. Her goal is that each child be as successful as possible. She is always available to create accommodations with the teachers and parents.The education is so far ahead of local schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 11, 2010

This school has cliques among the parents as well as the students. A very "plastic" environment. In addition, their academic program has definetly deteriorated.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2010

Our daughter attends Sacred Heart Model School and loves. It is very strong academically!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 1, 2009

I thought Sacred Heart Model School was fantastic! I had a lot of wonderful teachers and I had some good teachers. Dr. Bowling was and will always be a nice, smart and caring principal.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 30, 2009

The Model School had an excellent reputation long before Dr. Wannemuehler arrived. She began to dismantle the rigor, accept students who could not do the work and catered to spoiled parents and kids. My children attended SHMS and received a fantastic education but the decline began with Dr. W. All schools go through difficult periods. SHMS remains a wonderful opportunity with students and graduates who are well-educated. It is a bargain for what you get.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 8, 2009

When Dr. Wannemeuler was the principal the school was fantastic, had a very good environment, and every student was properly challenged, but when she left everything went downhill, the teaching staff is not nearly as good as it used to be and tuition is getting more and more expensive next year, many of the rules at the school are now very unreasonable and pointless.


Posted September 1, 2008

Sacred Heart Model School is the best grade school in Louisville. I have three children of both genders and they receive not only a fantastic education, but you could not have a more nurturing staff. The students truly respect one another. The sports program is wonderful as well! We are SO pleased.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 23, 2008

The cost of tuition continues to rise while the quality of education declines. The school would like to blame the economy for the low enrollment. Parents in the community are more than willing to put the money out there for their childrens' education. It is not good educational value at SHMS! Tuition in 2008-2009 school year is 10k. We are definitely looking at other options.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 14, 2008

Ever since Dr. Wannemuehler left the school, everything has been worse.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 3, 2008

This is a great shool and makes me feel so prepared!
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 8, 2005

This is an outstanding school with a great family environment. Academics are excellent. Sports, music, and art are terrific. This legacy school has educated many generations of young women. Teachers are outstanding and conferences are meaningful and helpful. You will be proud to have your daughter at this outstanding school.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted September 1, 2003

Great school if you're looking for small size and academic rigor.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 90% 85%
Asian 4% N/A
Two or more races 2% N/A
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Black 1% 11%
Hispanic 1% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander N/A 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% N/A
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Music teacher(s)
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Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Specific learning disabilities

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Technology
Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
  • Music
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
Performing and written arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production

Language learning

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Foreign languages
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Kitchen

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • International Baccalaureate (IB)
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Roman Catholic
Associations
  • NCEA

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • International Baccalaureate (IB)
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Arts (all)
  • Foreign languages
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Religious
  • Science
  • Service learning
  • Technology
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Specific learning disabilities
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Performance stage
  • Science lab
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
  • Archdiocese of Louisville
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
Performing arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Volunteer time after school
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3107 Lexington Rd
Louisville, KY 40206
Phone: (502) 896-3931

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