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Sacred Heart School

Private | PK-8 | 210 students

We are known to provide a strong religious foundation and academic program.

 

Living in Oxford

Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $220,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $815.

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Posted December 31, 2013

I Love this school! Nurturing, Caring, and Attentive! I have a son who attends Sacred Heart and I am so happy I made the decision to transfer him to this school. The curriculum is challenging, the extra curricular activities are fun and inviting and my son has a safe environment in which to learn. Parental involvement is encouraged and welcomed! The principal is amazing and he truly cares for these children. Enrolling my child at Sacred Heart was one of the best decisions my husband and I made.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2013

Our family has four children who attend Sacred Heart School. We have been a part of the school community for eight years. It is a small, caring environment where parental involvement is encouraged. The faculty and staff are wonderful. Our children are excited about learning and look forward to school each day. We feel very blessed that our children are able to attend this wonderful school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 26, 2011

I have daughter who attends this school. Yes, her class size is large but most class sizes are small and each year the teacher of this alrge group is given a great deal of assistance and aide. It is a beautiful and clean school. The teachers are very dedicated. The Principal has only been here for 2 years and has made many changes to improve the school. I am quite pleased with the development of this school and have foudn them very open to ideas and concerns.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2011

My wife and I presently have 4 children who are enrolled in Sacred Heart School. We will be sending our 5th child next year after our oldest graduates from 8th grade this year. They have attended the school for years and I can say that they absolutley love the teachers and environment. The faculty are dedicated, the curriculum is challenging, the sports and music departments are fantastic, and the student body is respectful and kind towards each other. It's really a wonderful school that I am proud to say my children attend. It's truly a mix of old fashion teaching where every child seems to be thought of as if they were your own with current technology and progressive teaching methods integrated into the classrooms. This is all done with a primary focus on making sure these kids go on to high school with all the tools to succeed both spiritually and intellectually. Money well spent from a parent of 5 children. It would be much easier for us financially to send our kids to public school, however, it's has been worth every nickel thus far. We wouldn't change a thing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 11, 2010

Our daughter attended this school several years ago. Enrollment declined and classes are overcrowded. One poster wrote about small classes. 30+ children is a class is not what I would consider small class size. Most of the work seemed very rote. I no longer felt that the tuition we were paying was worth the education my daughter was receiving. There are several other educational options in our area other than the local Oxford schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 17, 2007

A school that teaches the entire child. Tuition is worth every penny. Small classes. The public system is so overwhelming - children are too easily lost in the system. Sacred Heart has the most dedicated and hard working principal I've known. It is a community of families who partner with the teachers and principal to offer their children the best in education and spirituality. The only thing the public system has over this school is the extracurricular activities they offer. Sacred Heart is a young school and is still working to build their CYO program but they do have some offerings. I don't see this as a huge negative as there are an abundance of extra curricular activities in the community through parks and recreation, the YMCA and independent karate, dance studios etc.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 10, 2006

The quality of education that is provide is exceptional. Parents are encouraged to play an active role in the school. Coach Biondy has provided wonderful and lasting guidance to our son in his journey into sports. The teachers at Sacred Heart are the best around.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 3, 2006

You will never get this type of environment and dedication in a public school. Every penny scrimped and saved for tuition is worth it. My children feel safe and secure, are assured small class sizes and have the guidance of an incredible teaching staff to encourage them in their academic sucess. Academics and Arts are well balanced and there are numerous extra curricular activities. Parent involvement is high and it shows. Sacred Heart is more than a school - it is it's own community of children,parents and teachers guided by the best elementary principal I have ever known.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 91% 71%
Hispanic 7% 9%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Black 0% 15%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Dance teacher(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
Reading specialist(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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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
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Visual arts
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
Clubs
  • Student newspaper
  • Television/Radio News
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym

Gifted & talented

Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 2:50 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Steven L. Brunner
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 3 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Roman Catholic
Associations
  • NCEA
Fax number
  • (610) 932-6051

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Core knowledge
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Religious
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
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

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Remediation
Transportation options
  • School shares bus/van with other schools
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Science lab
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
  • Good Neighbors
  • Lighthouse
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Bird Watching
  • Boy scouts
  • Chess club
  • Girl scouts
  • Student council/government
  • Student newspaper
  • Television/Radio News
  • Yearbook
School leaders can update this information here.

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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
  • Monitor the playground
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
School leaders can update this information here.

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What are your chances?


10 out of 10students were accepted for the 2013-2014 school year.


Students accepted for the 2013-2014 school year
210
Applications received for the 2013-2014 school year
220

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2013-2014 school year
$2000 - $7000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid
Outside scholarships
Tax credits

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Bishop Shanahan High School
Oxford High School
Salesianum High School
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205 Church Rd
Oxford, PA 19363
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Phone: (610) 932-3633

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