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Hempstead, NY
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47 Cathedral Avenue
Hempstead, NY 11550

(516) 483-7383
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December 26, 2014
Currently, I am a sophomore at SHA and eager to describe my experience thus far. So far, I feel that the academics at SHA are outstanding. I'm part of the Honor Program and the Science Research Program, which provide great opportunities to grow and learn. My teachers are excellent. They are all very passionate about the subjects they teach and care greatly for the well being of their students. They will be more than happy to give up time before or after school to help students understand topics that they may not understand. The one thing about SHA's Honor system I like the most, is the fact that you don't have to be in all honors in order to qualify. I myself am a lover of the sciences, if I wanted to apply for Chemistry Honors and take regular English, I could take regular English and still be qualified for any other Honors I put down for. Socially I feel that SHA is overall a friendly environment. The girls are less judgmental and more compassionate to one another. The school's spirituality often reminds us of the need to remain kind in today's world, and presents us with a goal to learn to use our gifts and talents to make the world a better place.

- submitted by a student
October 03, 2014
My daughter is a SHA sophomore. She is in all Honors classes so academically I can only speak to that. Without exception her teachers have been excellent. She works harder and is getting a better education than her brothers did at Chaminade. I have friends who've also had kids at both schools who say the same thing. Socially the school suits my daughter. To an amazing degree there is less "social pressure" than at her former school. By this I mean the girls are easier on each other; they are far less judgmental with each other. As a freshman she sometimes made plans with her friends outside of school but not every weekend. Now as a sophomore she wants to have more of a social life so she is taking the initiative and reaching out to other girls, adding new friends and fun to her weekends. I'm happy with this progression. She is building life skills by doing this. As for parental involvement, I am involved because I want to be. A parent can be involved as much or as little as they choose to be. I find SHA to be a nurturing school with great academics.

- submitted by a parent
August 05, 2014
Sacred Heart Academy was the best choice for my daughter. She shadowed in her 8th grade year, and she knew from that moment that it was the school for her. She loved her teachers, and I felt that she received a solid education in the honor track although I can't speak for the regular track. The teachers cared about her and were very devoted. She felt that the school was a nice size for a freshmen class, not too big but not too small. An ample number for it to be fun. She was part of the STEM program which was an added bonus since she wants to pursue science in college. My only criticism is that the school needs more activities for the girls. The Sisters are wonderful but their focus is academics to retain their stellar reputation. I think there should be more interesting things to do and I think the girls/parents should be able to impart suggestions. With that said, too many activities takes the students focus away from learning which is not good. I think the current activities should be updated for the Millenium students.

- submitted by a parent
July 15, 2014
I love this school so much! I enjoyed my freshman year year and neither can my friends! It is really easy to make friends here and the girls are really sweet. The teachers are really nice and fun here and I love playing sports at this school. We have really great sports teams here at SHA. Public school friends of mine really love this school and they really prepare you for college. Some of my friends go to OLMA in Syosset and do not enjoy it at all! A lot of my friends want to transfer and they say that no one likes it there. School is not something everyone enjoys, but at SHA you actually enjoy school, and the day goes by so fast!

- submitted by a student
June 05, 2014
Great school! Girls are so sweet and welcoming. The students are held to high level in terms of behavior and overall excellence.

- submitted by a community member
April 13, 2014
I am not at all happy with this school. The girls there are VERY snotty and the teachers aren't always helpful. This school has a lot of students but that means nothing. They are very obnoxious.

- submitted by a community member
May 16, 2013
Sacred Heart Academy was a major stepping stone in paving the way for my successful career in the Finance industry. The teachers and school culture taught discipline and a very strong education that I was able to carry through in my college and career. The sports teams were always top ranked, which is another example that the students were well-rounded and can perform strongly in both academics and athletics!

- submitted by a community member
February 04, 2013
I have a daughter who has just been accepted to Sacred Heart Academy. We've done our research and are fairly confident this was a good choice for our daughter but it would really be great to get some more recent reviews from some parents or students. There is only one review for 2012 and the next one is from 2010!! Please, please help and post a review if you have anything to say (either positive or negative) about this school. Thank you!! Note: The website required a star rating but please disregard. My child has not started at the school yet.

- submitted by a parent
June 25, 2012
Great school. Prepares its students well for the rigourous academic enviorment of college. The all-girls aspect can be a challenge socially, but beneficial academically. If an athlete, highly recommended with great coaching staff; the history of awards speaks for itself.

- submitted by a community member
December 23, 2010
I'm a sophomore in college. While I never really felt the family atmosphere mentioned in other reviews, it is a good academic school. The guidance department is amazing and really helped when I was freaking out applying to schools. They were really happy when I got my acceptance letters, showing that it's not just a job for them, but an genuine concern for the students they help. Like with any school, there are good and bad teachers, though I've found my teachers to be pretty helpful. I do agree, though, that the place is rather cliquey. Also on the downside is the comparative lack of activities and social functions beyond Red & Gold. If you want to develop other interests, you basically have to do it outside of school. Overall, I don't have a super amount of loyalty to the place. I'm still friends with my group from high school, but haven't been allowed to visit (thanks to the new principal's rules).

- submitted by a student
May 03, 2010
this is a very good school in sports and academics, and having all girls (although sometimes can be annoying) allows you to be yourself 24/7. They also have mostly great teachers and good sportd teams.

- submitted by a student
April 20, 2010
Academically you have to work hard to keep up here and are therefore prepared for college. Not all teachers are always the best but all teachers are demanding. Socially its an all girl's school... not for everyone... I didn't enjoy it but I was able to enjoy going away to a good 4 year school thanks to the hard work I put in here. As an all girls school they do push your power and voice as a young women. Later I never felt intimidated by the male dominated classes once in college.

- submitted by a student
no rating October 05, 2009
I like that the students are respectful and responsible outside of class, and I have good memories of dances there when I was a teenager.

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 17, 2009
SHA provides quality, education and personalized assistance to enable each young woman to achieve her potential.

- submitted by a community member
November 24, 2008
I'm a sophomore at sacred heart academy. I love it the school is so great! Everyones is involoved in something; red/gold, nutcracker, clubs, sports, or giving back to the community! I personaly love the school because were all like 1 big family; the teachers are considerate of your feelings they always give up their time to help. Although the girls can get catty at times we still are close and friendly towards everyone. Sacred Heart isn't about it's activities it's also a fantastic prep school, they teach displine, hard work, integrity, and giving back. It's great to see all the girls come together and represent Sacred Heart Academy!

- submitted by a student
no rating April 10, 2008
My daughter graduated from SHA and was well prepared for the challenges of college. The school far outranks other high schools and it provides a quality education that prepares young women for the real world. I recommend this school highly.

- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2008
I'm currently a student at Sacred Heart Academy. As a senior, I do not this that a better college preparatory school exists in the area. Here they really stress the importance of hardwork and dedication. Although schoolwork is very important and vital, Sacred Heart Academy does host a wide variety of social events that are so much fun. If you're looking for a place with good school spirit, an excellent reputation, and has a welcoming environment, this is deinitely the school to attend. But warning you may gain like 10 lbs.

- submitted by a student
December 24, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
December 07, 2007
The teachers are outstanding, always willing to assist you with anything you have questions about. The athletics are top notch, SHA has won more state championships in recent years than I can count. I'd send my daughter to this school in a heartbeat.

- submitted by a student
no rating December 05, 2007
As a junior at SHA, I find it to be an excellent learning environment. The teachers are helpful and dedicated and they have the best interest of the studen in mind. The faculty, while strict, is really looking out for all the girls and is supportive and understanding.

- submitted by a student
no rating October 27, 2007
I am currently a senior at Sacred Heart and have come to find that it exceeds other high schools in the region. When going on college interviews admission officers are impressed to hear that I attend SHA. Without Sacred Heart, I would not be looking at the high caliber, first tier colleges to which I am applying.

- submitted by a student
no rating October 19, 2007
Im currently a senior at sacred heart academy and take personal offense to any negative comment made about it in this forum. the faculty and staff are beyond excellent and extremely helpful, even if you don't have a teacher for class, he/she is more then willing to help anyone that needs it. what I find most offensive are the comments calling the girls 'clicky'..never once have I seen a girl sit alone at lunch, be left out of a group or conversation or been denied the right to do anything, ESPECIALLY by other students. Ive made my best friends at sacred heart...as the college admisions processed has recently begun, I find our guidance department to be extremely helpful, especially in comparison to those of rival schools in the area, from what I have heard from friends. sacred heart has been the best experience of my life, hands down.

- submitted by a student
August 10, 2007
SHA is academically one of the better schools we have on LI. I wish I could say the same for the teachers there. There are a few great ones, but not many. The principal is wonderful, but that's where it ends. Her associates and assistants leave much to be desired. Same with the guidance dept. The head of guidance is very good at what she does. If your daughter is a nice girl and she isn't 'clicky' this is not the place for her.

- submitted by a parent
March 10, 2007
I am currently a student at sacred heart academy and even though I have only been here a short time it has been the best experience of my life. I love the teachers and faculty along with the academics and extracurricular actives. Every gets along with each other and rules are strictly applied. We have many freedoms in the school such as shalloween, stress free days, denim day, valentines day,retreats days, and the Christmas tree lighting. There are also many great activities like red and gold, the play, the nutcracker,sports, spartenettes, and so much more. I wouldn't trade the world for my experience at SHA! Plus we have the Sha shop!

- submitted by a student
June 30, 2006
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- submitted by a student
June 29, 2006
This school may have had a stellar reputation but it is not for everyone. If she needs extra help or has a learning handicapp (such as ADD), she will be left behind.

- submitted by a parent
May 23, 2006
My daugther truly loved her time at SHA. She made great friends along with getting a fine education. The sisters and staff truly care about the girls.

- submitted by a parent
January 29, 2006
It's a great school, but the work is extremely hard, there are a lot of tests, and sometimes we have tons of homework, other times we only have a thing or too. It's fun, even though it is all girls(theres dances with chaminade and the weekend)but you need to work very hard!

- submitted by a student
July 01, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
August 30, 2003
Sacred Heart Academy is definitely a tight-knit community in which each individual student's talents, strengths and interests are recognized and encouraged.

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2003
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- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2003
Attending Sacred Heart Academy was one of the best experiences of my entire life!

- submitted by a former student
August 21, 2003
I have one daughter who already graduated SHA and another one is currently a student. This all girl school atmosphere offers the opportunity for girls to boost their self confidence, self esteem and self worth. In addition, I believe that these girls get the best education available! I must add that in the beginning, I did not want my oldest daughter in an all girls school. I must admit that she won the fight and am I so elated. When my second daughter said she wanted to also attend SHA, there was no opposition from me! My experience, as a parent, was equally rewarding, as I have kept in touch with many of the moms from my first involvement with the Mother's Guild.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 19, 2003
This school is excellent. Parents are involved and students are free to excel.

- submitted by a parent

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Sacred Heart Academy
47 Cathedral Avenue, Hempstead, NY  11550
(516) 483-7383
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Sacred Heart Academy Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 34 reviews. Top