Sacred Heart School has been a blessing to our family. Each of my children are thriving there, and they are quite different from one another. They are receiving a comprehensive education that will prepare them for any high school in the area. The teachers are truly dedicated. One of my children has a medical condition. The teachers and staff at Sacred Heart have been so eager to help him and meet his needs. I feel very fortunate to be part of this community.
Our children have received a wonderful, nurturing education at Sacred Heart School. Academically and spiritually, they are well prepared for the world.
We love the traditions at SHS, from the primary grades' All Saints Pageant, to the 4th grade Culture Fair, to the 5th grade Passion Play during Lent, to the 6th grade Peacemakers Museum, the 7th grade Living Stations of the Cross and the 8th grade Congressional Hearings, to name just a few. We love the way faith plays a central role in the school culture. Every classroom has a crucifix and most of the classrooms have a beautiful statue of Mary or other devotional pieces to guide and help students remember their faith in all that they do. We love the strong administration and the well-trained teachers. There is on-going and forward-thinking teacher development at this school. We would recommend this school to anyone who values an academically strong, spiritually vibrant atmosphere where children can grow and learn to their full potential.
We were members of this school for 6 years. We sent three of our children there with the expectation we would continue through 8th grade. We gave our hearts and souls to the school. The first four years were fabulous- cannot say enough about the elementary teachers. However, as the children progress, the program becomes MUCH weaker . The most difficult aspect (especially being a Catholic school) is the school's complete disregard and tolerance of full on bullying. Students who bully (both verbally & physically) are never disciplined, never sent home- especially if their parents happen to donate generously to fundraising efforts. Students from other schools who have shown prior poor behavior , are admitted to Sacred Heart, and exhibit the same nasty (emotional bullying as it relates to " mean" girls in particular,) and the administration does nothing. It is pushed under the carpet and ignored. The school's enrollment has significantly declined in the past few years- kindergarten being half as it should. Many teachers hours have been cut who subsequently left including a librarian and a reading specialist). The schools' main priority is now strictly money. NOT at ALL the wonderful nurturing school it was when we began in the fall of 2010. SHS's priorities lie with money, not children. If care and true concern for children's well being, satisfaction and knowledge that bullying is properly handled, rethink your choice. Also, ask, ask about curriculum changes- they change like the tides here ( for example Singapore Math being introduced with completely inadequate teacher training.) This method must be taught properly as it is far from conventional. Lastly, the " Heart" that used to exist has been replaced by an incompassionate greed that revolves around dollars far more than a child's well being. After 6 years of dedication, being a community coordinator for many years, a buddy family to many new families, being a huge advocate for the school, along with countless ways we have contributed, we find this very sad indeed. Proceed with extreme caution, ask questions and be beware.
Sacred Heart is a great school with a fantastic, supportive and active community of parents. We have been part of the school for 6 years, since my oldest started in Kindergarten. Every year, we are amaze at how wonderful, dedicated, knowledge, great teachers we get. There are two classes per grade, so there is always the question of 'who would you get?', but in all cases, we have been blessed with fantastic teachers. They have a phenomenal math program to support those kids more advanced and those who may need additional help. Same thing for reading. They provide excellent guidance on principles, values and fundamentals for the kids. We also have a great School Counselor who covers all kids with a great programmatic approach, but is able to customize for each kid. There is a super convenient before/after hours program where kids can safely stay at school, play, do homework, spend time at the library, etc. Fantastic option for working parents. Extra-curricular is full of options as well: chess, soccer, cross-country, basketball, volleyball, art, drama. Catholic education is well balanced and included in all elements of the school.
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.