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Sacred Heart School

Private | PK-6 | 200 students

Family-friendly atmosphere, high-acieving, talented students


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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $133,800. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $820.

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Posted April 21, 2014

If you are looking for a school that is family oriented, that have staff that go out of their way to be kind and loving to faculty, children, and families, then look no further than Sacred Heart School in Troy, NY. Having gone to Catholic school my whole life, I learned the importance of not only academic learning, but the importance of character education as well. And you just do not see that in public schools. There is a respect at Sacred Heart among teachers, faculty, and children and they don't just "talk the talk," they "walk the walk." Right now I am substitute teaching at Sacred Heart. I have worked many places and none compare with Sacred Heart. I tell anyone who will listen just what a great school it is. The teachers have a passion for teaching and they breathe that passion into their students. If I had school aged children and was debating where to send them for their education, it would be Sacred Heart in Troy. Children need to know how to live good lives and how to give back. They will learn this at Sacred Heart in addition to academics. Kudos to Sacred Heart for remaining to be the hidden treasure of Troy.
—Submitted by a teacher

Posted April 20, 2014

Sacred Heart School is one of the best financial and academic decisions my husband and I made. We have two daughters that attend there; one in third grade and one in the Early Childhood UPK Program. Our daughters have learned so much that we continue to be blown away by the staff and their daily academics. The girls' academics are up to date with the most extensive Common Core Standards which have helped my daughter in third grade be all the more comfortable when taking the New York State exams. We are pleased with the fact that faith plays a wonderful role in their daily lives. The faculty and staff treat all who enter Sacred Heart with the utmost respect and willingness to help. My girls are thrilled that with budget cuts that are affecting the public schools, that our school still offers all our "Special" classes on a daily basis, (Music, Physical Education, Art,Library, Spanish and Technology).We would have never expected this school to exceed our expectations, but we have been blown away by our daughters' successes! Sacred Heart holds true to its motto: "A small school with a big heart!"
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 24, 2013

This school is not what it was. There is a lack in leadership and authority. Situations between students are poorly handled, if they are handled at all it usually is when a parent complains even then not much gets done. Teachers choose favorites, they will listen to one student over another. Sometimes not allowing some children to tell their side or telling that child they can't be trusted. When in all reality this is done for political reasons. The children are constantly criticized, there is no constructive criticism. The way some teachers speak,act and dress are totally inappropriate for a catholic school. The diocese should really take a closer look. Don't think the personnel will treat your child with the same respect as when you are there, because their demeanor drastically changes when your not. If your looking for a good school to send your child think again about this one, they let anyone go here so you will find the same issues that most public schools have. I am sorry I spent the amount of money I have just to have my children tell me how much they hate their school. If it wasn't for the fact they have made many friends I would have pulled them from here.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 15, 2009

My children have attended Sacred Heart School for 7 years. It it the most wonderful experience and have not had one regret.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 21, 2009

My grand child started school here in the 4th grade .I can not thank them enough she did great if I could rate this school on a scale from one to ten I would give the school a rating of a ten thank you very much for everything you did.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 6, 2009

My daughter has thrived at Sacred Heart. In my view there is no better school in the Capital District. Small classes, excellent academics, caring staff. Homework/projects which are not 'busy work.' Teachers who go above and beyond. Worth every penny.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 12, 2008

We could not have chosen a better school for our child. The faculty and administration all support our children's growth, acadmic achievement and Catholic identity. There are opportunities for gifted and struggling students. All one has to do is ask and the faculty and administartion put their heads together and make a plan. We do not regret the sacrifices we have made to send our child to Sacred Heart (Pre K - 6th grade).
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 13, 2008

A nice, small school. I love Fr. Vaughn, Mrs. Nixon, Mrs. McCaffery. Generally, an enthusiastic staff.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 3, 2008

great administration, wonderful children, exemplory programs and true Catholic spirit shown, especially by the students. I encourage all to attend their annual live nativity pageant to fully appreciate all this school has to offer!

Posted September 10, 2006

This a Catholic School that keeps the traditions of our Faith while preparing children for living that Faith in the future. The principal is a living example of strong Faith, forward thinking, highly informed and educated. She is dedicated to keeping this school at a high standard. What a great role model!
—Submitted by an administrator

Posted August 14, 2005

The academics are very good although it is lacking for the students that need more of a challenge. They do provide music, art, spanish, and PE. Many parents are involved and the numbers are increasing with a new PSA in place.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 9, 2003

The principal is a class act.! Totally up all the time and the positive attitude trickles down to the teachers and parents!
—Submitted by a parent

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 86% 52%
Black 9% 21%
Hispanic 2% 21%
Asian 1% N/A
Two or more races 1% N/A
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander N/A 6%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% N/A
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

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Community service awards received in the past 3 years
  • Social Justice (2012)

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
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab

Arts & music

School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing and written arts
  • Drama
  • Drama club

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Gym
  • Kitchen

Gifted & talented

Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 2:45
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:00 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Ms.Susan K. Holland
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 3 years old
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
  • Roman catholic
  • NCEA
Fax number
  • (518) 274-8720


Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Core knowledge
  • Individually guided instruction
  • Project-based
  • Standards-based
  • differentiated instruction
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Religious
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None


Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Remediation
Transportation options
  • provided by local school distr
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
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Boys sports
  • Basketball
Girls sports
  • Basketball

Arts & music

  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • Drama

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Children's Choir
  • Drama club
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
More from this school
  • 96% of our students achieve Honor Roll Status. Their commitment to academics follows them through high school, as evidenced by the large percentage of our graduates who continue in Honors Programs, Student Government, the arts, or community service. Our students consistently achieve some of the highest scores in the Troy area on NYS tests (ELA, Math, Science and Social Studies). Parent accolades include the school's inclusive culture, the longevity of the teaching staff .
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10 out of 10students were accepted for the 2012-2013 school year.

Students accepted for the 2012-2013 school year
Applications received for the 2012-2013 school year

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2012-2013 school year
$3000 - $6000
Vouchers accepted
Financial aid offered
School-based aid
Outside scholarships

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Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Catholic Central
Doyle Middle School
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308 Spring Ave
Troy, NY 12180
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Phone: (518) 274-3655


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