Sacred Heart School is a community of great kids and families. Your children will have an optimal grade school experience with all the extras- sports, plays, dances and philanthropy. The place Sacred Heart is lacking- and in some areas strongly lacking-is academics. There are some excellent teachers here, but the turnover has been excessive in recent years, and they have lost some if their best teachers. The math and science programs are particularly bad and a high percentage of students seek outside assistance to keep up with area norms for math. The community is why you send your kids to Sacred Heart. They will love it but be prepared to supplement their education.
We moved to the Bellevue area from the mid-west when my daughters were in the middle of their 7th and 3rd grade years. Although they came in mid-year, the transition went smoothly. Both had friends the first day and were excited to go to school. The Admissions Director assigned parent mentors that helped to make the transition easy for a parent as well. The teachers were amazing and willing to get my children up to speed in different subjects. We have been at the school for over three years know and it was one of the best decisions I made during the move process. Sacred Heart School offers many opportunities that other schools do not - an expansive drama program, CYO Sports, yearbook, student council, chess team, after school art program, and more. Parents are encouraged to be involved at many levels of the school. The connection with the parish provides a stable faith component - even if you are not catholic. I highly recommend Sacred Heart School to anyone who is looking for strong academics in a caring, faith-filled environment.
Our two children have completed 3 years at Sacred Heart, and we are very happy with the school. If there can be such a thing as a liberal Catholic school, this is it. The religious component focuses on behavior -- the Golden Rule -- rather than doctrine. My kids feel loved and supported by teachers and staff. The academics are solid; but probably not as demanding as other private schools. We supplement at home. Homework is manageable, and the projects allow room for creativity. The principal is an effective leader and standard-bearer for the school; unfortunately, the vice-principal is neither. Good extra-curricular activities, particularly CYO soccer, the weekly chess classes, and the annual school play.
Sacred Heart School is a wonderful place for children. The administration (principal and vice principal) are always available to meet with parents and have an obvious open door policy. I also hear from my children, and the children of my friends, that the principal and vice principal are present throughout the school and students respect them both. Parents and visitors are greeted by the most friendly person who makes in clear Sacred Heart is happy you are here. The admissions director is wonderful and very helpful. Every year my children have had teachers who care about them and work hard to make sure they are successful. Sacred Heart has a wonderful set of specialists who work well with the classroom teachers. As a parent, I love being part of the Sacred Heart School community.
Sacred Heart has a new principal Mr. Burroughs who has been there for about 2-3 years now and he is wonderful. Very orthodox Catholic (married with four children) a great administrator and humble. He is a great listener and easy to talk to or go to with any questions. I also did not have a good experience with the previous principal. She was detached and unfriendly, well-educated but not with good pastoral/understanding skills. She was German and quite aloof. Generally I am very happy with Sacred Heart, my children are happy to go to school every day. I was concerned because of the upper-class area that the school is situated in that the children would be materialistic and unfriendly but we found quite the opposite. My girls say there is no bullying and the teachers are amazing. The faith is very much practiced with plenty of service projects, academically very strong.
Very good school and parish, thanks to Fr, Ritter. Although some parents will snub you if you are not in their high economic bracket, the school staff will work with you and are very nice.
Great school continually updating curriculum to meet student needs. Best technology use integrated into all lessons. Activboards, laptops, cameras. smaller class size for more individual student assistance. Outstanding social justice programs for K-8 students help create a 'love your neighbor' caring environment to learn and grow. The teachers help make a difference and let students know that they are special.
This school is great my kids loved it! I had 3 kids at the school they have all loved the teachers and the cyo program.
This school should get a 6 star rating.They have gone above and beyond what any schools public or private offered to my daughter who has struggled with begging pushed though the system.No one gets lost here!
The principle isn't very loved, she is very strict and does a lot of thing that bother parents (from edu-parish). For example, we're making 'angel packs' backpacks with useful things in them for the people at hurricane Katrina. It's a nice idea, but she required every student bring a 'angel pack'. So the parents with four kids had to go out buy 4 backpacks and useful things for them. The teachers are very involved and help the children a lot if they are having trouble. They also make sure everyone gets what they are learning. And the curriculumn is a year ahead. There aren't many good extracurricular activities other than cyo sports. But many kids do the sports and it does teach kids a lot.
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