Sacred Heart Goals & Strategic Vision

Convent & Stuart Hall embraces an educational philosophy that is timeless and timely. Grounded in over 200 years of educational experience and tested practice, we are alert to the needs of today as much as we value the lessons of the past.

In our current Strategic Plan we outline a vision for Convent & Stuart Hall in 2020: "An education of mind, Heart and body that realizes the best in students so each may live with grace and intellect, preparing them to shape their present and future and to be a positive force, locally and globally, in their rapidly changing world."

Our Sacred Heart roots and our way of educating is founded in the wisdom of the Religious of the Sacred Heart, who embrace a progressive, child-centered pedagogy that is always evolving:

Excerpted from the Preamble to the Goals and Criteria of Sacred Heart education (1975)

“The School of the Sacred Heart in the United States, members of a worldwide Network, offer an education that is marked by a distinctive spirit. It is of the essence of a Sacred Heart school that it be deeply concerned for each student’s total development: spiritual, intellectual, social, physical. It is of the essence of a Sacred Heart school that it emphasize serious study, that it educate to social responsibility, and that it lay the foundations of a strong faith.

Members of the Society drew up the first plan of studies in 1805, and reformulated it ten times over the next 150 years.

Sacred Heart Schools first held to a single, uniform curriculum, but in 1958 a document significantly entitled Spirit and Plan of Studies deliberately puts aside all details of syllabus noting that these are bound to vary according to time and place, and tried to give a clear idea of a spirit … which will hold good for every work of education that the Society might undertake.

If one seeks the timeless element in Sacred Heart education, one must look to that spirit, for externals and customs were always seen as subject to change. Timelessness has never meant rigid adherence to a single program or method.”

As a member of the Network of Sacred Heart Schools, we commit ourselves to these Goals & Criteria, and to a reflection process with the Network to assess our engagement in the Goals & Criteria.

Goals and Criteria in Depth

Goal One: A personal and active faith in God.

Criteria:

  • Rooted in the love of Jesus Christ, the school promotes a personal relationship with God and fosters the spiritual lives of its members.
  • The school seeks to form its students in the attitudes of the heart of Jesus expressed in respect, compassion, forgiveness and generosity.
  • The entire school program explores one's relationship to God, to self, to others, and to all creation.
  • Opening themselves to the transforming power of the Spirit of God, members of the school community engage in personal and communal prayer, reflection and action.
  • The entire school program affirms that there is meaning and value in life and fosters a sense of hope in the individual and in the school community.
  • The school fosters inter-religious acceptance and dialogue by educating to an understanding of and deep respect for the religions of the world.
  • The school presents itself to the wider community as a Christ-centered institution and as an expression of the mission of the Society of the Sacred Heart.

Goal Two: A deep respect for intellectual values.

Criteria:

  • The school develops and implements a curriculum based on the Goals & Criteria, educational research and ongoing evaluation.
  • The school provides a rigorous education that incorporates all forms of critical thinking and inspires a life-long love of learning.
  • The school program develops aesthetic values and the creative use of the imagination.
  • The faculty utilizes a variety of teaching and learning strategies that recognizes the individual needs of the students.
  • The school provides ongoing professional development for faculty and staff.
  • Members of the school community model and teach ethical and respectful use of technology.

Goal Three: A social awareness that impels to action.

Criteria:

  • The school educates to a critical consciousness that leads its total community to analyze and reflect on the values of society and to act for justice.
  • The school offers all its members opportunities for direct service and advocacy and instills a life-long commitment to service.
  • The school is linked in a reciprocal manner with ministries among people who are poor, marginalized and suffering from injustice.
  • In our multicultural world, the school prepares and inspires students to be active, informed, and responsible citizens locally, nationally, and globally.
  • The school teaches respect for creation and prepares students to be stewards of the earth's resources.

Goal Four: The building of community as a Christian value.

Criteria:

  • The school implements an ongoing plan for educating both adults and students in the heritage and mission of Sacred Heart education.
  • The school promotes a safe and welcoming environment in which each person is valued, cared for and respected.
  • Adult members of the school model and teach skills needed to build community and practice clear, direct and open communication.
  • The school has programs that teach the principles of nonviolence, conflict resolution and peacemaking.
  • The school makes a deliberate effort to recruit students and employ faculty and staff of diverse races, ethnicities and backgrounds.
  • The financial aid program effectively supports socioeconomic diversity.
  • The school participates actively in the national and international networks of Sacred Heart schools.

Goal Five: Personal growth in an atmosphere of wise freedom.

Criteria:

  • All members of the school community show respect, acceptance and concern for themselves and for others.
  • School policies and practices promote self-discipline, responsible decision-making and accountability.
  • Students grow in self-knowledge and develop self-confidence as they learn to deal realistically with their gifts and limitations.
  • School programs provide for recognizing, nurturing and exercising leadership in its many forms.
  • The school provides opportunities for all members of the community to share their knowledge and gifts with others.
  • All members of the school community take personal responsibility for balance in their lives and for their health and well-being.

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