What differentiates Sacred Heart from other schools? Sacred Heart School takes pride in educating students about Jesus Christ and provides a strong spiritual foundation built upon Catholic values. Sacred Heart School ministers to the whole child in a developmentally appropriate setting, provides a family-centered educational environment that values each child, and is committed to excellence in academics.
Do I have to be Catholic to attend Sacred Heart? Sacred Heart School welcomes children of all faith traditions and no faith traditions.
What is the average class size? Our average class size is around 20 students.
What type of qualifications and experience do Sacred Heart teachers and staff have? Sacred Heart School has 14 full-time and 4 part-time teachers and professional staff who have an average of 16 years of experience in education. Eight teachers have bachelor’s degrees in education and ten teachers have master’s degrees.
How do Sacred Heart students score on ISTEP+? Sacred Heart’s ISTEP+ scores have consistently been higher than local public schools. Archdiocesan-wide ISTEP+ scores and Sacred Heart School scores exceed the state average by more than 15%. Overall, student scores tend to improve the longer the students are in Catholic schools. Almost 100% of SHS students progress one or more years of growth per school year – a “No Child Left Behind” goal for every child in the nation. Last year, Sacred Heart School earned an “A” grade by the State Department of Education, the highest ranking possible.
How does Sacred Heart assess and report students’ academic performance? Sacred Heart tests students regularly and reports achievement to parents as follows:
Teacher-made and textbook tests – weekly, monthly, and quarterly for grades 1-8
STAR reading and math assessments given quarterly to measure growth
Progress reports – four times per year for grades K-8
Report cards – quarterly for grades K-8
One parent/student/teacher conference in the fall (additionally by request)
ISTEP+ - State testing program in Math, Language Arts, and Science
ISTEP+ scores published and compared to Indiana public schools, local public schools, Archdiocese of Indianapolis schools, local Catholic schools
How does Sacred Heart meet the needs of all students?
Sacred Heart School provides individualized instruction that is adapted to each student’s needs. Students who are performing at or above grade level are challenged to expand their learning and are given opportunities to take Honors courses or participate in projects and activities that develop their academic gifts.
Sacred Heart School also has two professional staff members who provide extra academic support or tutoring throughout the day for students who need it. In addition to SHS aides, Greater Clark Public School Corporation provides a full time aide in Sacred Heart School. This aide works specifically with students with learning differences. Also, junior high students tutor after school hours and teachers are willing to tutor after school hours on an as-needed-basis.
A school counselor is on staff to address the social and emotional needs of students and is available to students as needed. Group guidance is offered, and individual counseling can be arranged.
What type of technology program does Sacred Heart have? Sacred Heart School has a computer lab that has 28 networked computers and shared printers. Each classroom also has multiple computers, a printer, and Smartboard technology. LCD projectors and a digital camera are also integrated into the educational curriculum. A technology committee, including the technology teacher and volunteers, is in place to maintain all computers and plan for future needs. Students attend computer classes twice a week under the instruction of the school technologist. Students use the computer lab regularly and learn how to use various applications, including Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, the Internet, and educational software that enhance the classroom curriculum.
What are the school hours for Sacred Heart students?
Does Sacred Heart have a uniform code for girls and boys?
Sacred Heart School requires high standards of dress, grooming, and uniform apparel for K – 8 for 3 reasons. 1) Uniforms are more economical than the purchase of youth apparel. 2) Dressing uniformly helps to reduce inappropriateness of apparel, distractions, preoccupation, and competition with appearances during school hours. 3) The dress code instills a sense of belonging and promotes school spirit.
Navy blue uniform, dress pants and dress shorts are worn by boys and girls. Grades 7 and 8 may also wear khaki uniform pants/shorts. Girls may wear Sacred Heart’s uniform plaid skirts/jumpers. Students wear short sleeved, polo shirts that are solid light blue or red with the Sacred Heart logo. Navy blue sweatshirts with SHS logo are permitted. See the Family Handbook for complete details.
Is homework required of all Sacred Heart students?
Yes, homework is required of all students. The purpose of homework is to help students master work already presented in class. Repetition and reflection improve understanding and retention. The time allotments vary by grades and by individual ability and rate of performance. The following suggests how much time, on average, students should spend on homework nightly:
Pre school & Kindergarten = occasional Grades 4 – 5 = up to 90 minutes
Grades 1 – 3 = up to 60 minutes Grades 6 – 8 = up to 120 minutes
Does Sacred Heart have a cafeteria on site? Sacred Heart School has three dedicated staff members who work to prepare delicious meals in our cafeteria each day. They cook hot lunches and provide nutritional choices to students that include an entrée, two side items, fruit, and milk. Parents are always welcome to visit or arrange to eat lunch with their child.
Does Sacred Heart have a bus or carpool system? Sacred Heart School does not have a bus, but many parents work together to organize carpools. The principal or secretary can relay transportation needs of new parents and help work out a safe solution for children. All parents must have on file a written document stating who is and who is not permitted to pick up their children.
How can parents be involved in the daily routine of students who attend Sacred Heart? The possibilities are endless! Monitors are needed daily to help students with lunch and to supervise recess periods. Parents are invited to help teachers in various ways, from tutoring to making copies or helping with holiday celebrations. Office help is also appreciated. Parents Supporting the School (PSTS) sponsors various events during the year and help is always appreciative of help with these various activities and fundraisers. A parent, relative, or friend can be as involved in Sacred Heart School community as much and as often as one wishes!
What are some religious activities that take place during the school day at Sacred Heart?
Every Friday of the school year students attend Mass in the church.
Every week of Advent (before Christmas) students gather to light the Advent Wreath.
Every Friday of Lent (before Easter) students gather to re-enact the passion of Jesus.
In May students gather to celebrate Mary, the Mother of God.
Daily students pray in their classrooms
Daily students attend religion classes.
Regularly students are involved in service projects.
The tone, attitude, and atmosphere of Sacred Heart School are Christian and focused on Jesus Christ.
Sacred Heart School continues to embrace values nearly 2000 years old, where Christ is the unseen but ever-present Teacher, the Model of the faculty and staff, and the Inspiration of the students.