Sisters of St. Francis of Penance and Christian Charity
Holy Name Province
Buffalo Academy of the
Sacred Heart (SHA)
Educating Young Women
(Visit their website at Sacred Heart.)
Just three years after their arrival in
the United States, the Sisters of St. Francis founded the Buffalo Academy of the
Sacred Heart to provide an education rich in the sciences and humanities for the
daughters of immigrant families.
The Sisters' vision was to provide a
value- based education focused on educating the "whole person" and
challenging young women to become leaders in their communities.
As interest in women's education
increased, the Academy outgrew its original site in downtown Buffalo on Washington Street
a new building on Main Street in Eggertsville was completed in 1930.
Today's curriculum is college
preparatory and includes accelerated and advanced placement courses in each
discipline. Sacred Heart Academy alumnae have matriculated at many of the finest
local and national colleges and universities. The Class of 2008 was awarded
close to $9 million in college scholarships.
The academy has integrated computer technology into the curriculum and has two fully equipped computer labs offering student access to the Internet, and each classroom is equipped with SmartBoard technology. The school also has its own Internet Web site. The library media center provides the use of lap top computers as well as a class room for distance learning.
Christian values and the Franciscan
mission of service are reflected in student activities, including: Amnesty
International, campus ministry, service club, environmental club, respect life, and
others. Since its inception in 1994, the "Footprints" community
service program has provided over 50,000 hours of community service by the students.
The academy is well known for its music
and sports programs. Community building is part of the fabric of life at Sacred
Heart, where traditions and meaningful rituals build and strengthen a sense of
community. The Chamber Singers have won first honors in women's choir, jazz
choir, and madrigal choir competition. As athletes, the students have done
exceptionally well in area sports.