- Convent of the Sacred Heart (Connecticut)
Convent of the Sacred Heart Address 1177 King Street
Greenwich, Connecticut, (Fairfield County), 06831
Coordinates Coordinates: Information Type Private, All-Girls Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic Established 1848 Opened 1945 Headmistress Mrs. Pamela Hayes Grades K–12 Enrollment 775 (2008) Campus size 110 acres (0.45 km2) Color(s) Green and white Team name Tigers Accreditation(s) New England Association of Schools and Colleges Publication Perspectives (literary magazine) Newspaper 'King Street Chronicle' Assistant Head of School Michael Baber Dean of Faculty Andrew Byrne Head of Upper School Jayne Collins Head of Middle School David Olson Admission Director Catherine Machir Website cshgreenwich.org
Convent of the Sacred Heart is a private, Roman Catholic all girls school in Greenwich, Connecticut. It is privately operated within the Roman Catholic Diocese of Bridgeport. It serves students ages 3–18 in Pre-school through Twelfth grade.
Convent of the Sacred Heart was established in 1848 in Manhattan. The school moved to the Bronx in 1904 and to Greenwich in 1945. It is an all girls school.
Madeleine Sophie Barat founded the Society of the Sacred Heart in Paris in 1800. She felt strongly that providing girls with an education based on Christian values was essential for a healthy society to emerge from the upheaval of the French Revolution. St. Madeleine Sophie envisioned a school that, while laying the foundation for an active faith and compassionate service for the poor, would develop each student’s gifts and awaken a thirst for lifelong learning.
In 1818, St. Philippine Duchesne led a group of five French-speaking Religious of the Sacred Heart (RSCJs) to the New World and started the first free school for girls west of the Mississippi River. Thirty years later in 1848, on Bleecker Street in Manhattan, Mother Aloysia Hardey, rscj founded our School, Convent of the Sacred Heart. In 1904, the School moved to Maplehurst in the Bronx, and in 1945 moved to its present location in Greenwich, the former Overlook Farm Estate, to accommodate a growing student body. Since then the School has continued its 160-year-old tradition of educating young women to learn and to lead. We currently enroll more than approximately 750 girls, and are part of the Network of Schools of the Sacred Heart, all of which are committed to a set of principles known as the Goals & Criteria of Sacred Heart Schools.
Sacred Heart Network's Sprout Creek Farm used to be on Greenwich's campus, but now is expanded and situated in upstate New York, just outside of Poughkeepsie.
Convent of the Sacred Heart is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and is approved by the Connecticut State Board of Education. They are also a member of the National Association of Independent Schools, the Connecticut Association of Independent Schools, the National Coalition of Girls’ Schools and the Network of Sacred Heart Schools in the United States.
Currently, Sacred Heart students come from more than 60 different zip codes in Westchester and Fairfield counties. Sacred Heart is committed to making efforts to increase the socioeconomic and ethnic diversity of the School’s student body. The financial aid Committee is committed to helping families find ways to make an education at Convent of the Sacred Heart affordable and works with them to determine personalized, need-based assistance.Convent of the Sacred Heart challenges each student to take intellectual risks and recognizes the need to give focused attention and support in mathematics, science and technology. Faculty members at Sacred Heart teach with an eye to each girl’s success in School, in the larger community and in life.
Convent of the Sacred Heart seeks highly motivated applicants who are academically prepared and whose talents and intellectual curiosity will enable them to take advantage of the challenging curriculum and rich resources the School offers. The Sacred Heart Admission Committee looks for students whose respect for differences and compassion for others will lead them to make positive contributions to the School community.
- Ally Hilfiger, Hilfiger retail heiress and socialite attended Sacred Heart while staying at her father's Greenwich mansion, except later graduated from NYC's Professional Children's School in 2003.
- Elizabeth Hilfiger, daughter of Tommy Hilfiger, sister of Ally Hilfiger, attended Convent of the Sacred Heart until 9th grade in 2007-2008 after which she transferred to another member of the Network of Sacred Heart Schools, Convent of the Sacred Heart in New York City.
- Mary Ellen "Meg" Gaillard, Class of 1991, was a member of the US Sailing team from 1997 to 2004. She was US SAILING Female Athlete of the Year in 2003, Europe World Bronze Medalist ('03, '00) and "Most Athletic Award" in 1996 at Connecticut College, from where she graduated in 1995 with a BA in International Relations.
- Megan Grehan, Class of 2007, has been named WGA Girl's Player of the Year in 2002, 2003, and 2005. She has also been a qualifier for the 2004, 2005, and 2006 USGA Women's Open and Women's Amateur.
- Gay Salisbury, Class of 1984, is author of the book "The Cruelest Miles".
- Sigourney Woods Cheek, Class of 1963, is the author of the book "Patient Siggy".
- Rosario Kennedy, , former Vice Mayor of the City of Miami, Florida
Notes and references
- ^ NEASC-CIS. "NEASC-Commission on Independent Schools". http://cis.neasc.org/cis_directory_of_schools. Retrieved 2009-07-28.
- ^ CSH. "Sacred Heart at a Glance". Archived from the original on 2007-04-06. http://web.archive.org/web/20070406080454/http://www.cshgreenwich.org/about/glance.htm. Retrieved 2007-05-11.
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