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Sacred Heart School of Montreal
The Sacred Heart School of Montreal
3635 Atwater Avenue, Montreal, Quebec, H3H 1Y4
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Sacred Heart School of Montreal
 

The Sacred Heart School of Montreal

3635 Atwater Avenue, Montreal, Quebec, H3H 1Y4

Curriculum:
Traditional
Grades (Gender):
7 to 11 (Girls)
Tuition:
$13,764 to 49,492/year
Main Language:
English
Avg. Class Size:
14 to 18
Enrolment:
Day: 230 (Gr. 7 - 11), Boarding: 34 (Gr. 7 - 11)

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Contact Name:
Ms. Stephanie Broadhurst

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School Address
3635 Atwater Avenue, Montreal, Quebec, H3H 1Y4

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The pre-eminent All Girls English Catholic high school in Montreal, with 156 years of experience graduating young women of action with solid skills and tools for success. Its mission is to nurture the mind, body and spirit of each student in a supportive and caring environment. The Sacred Heart School of Montreal is part of a worldwide network of 148 schools across 30 countries, all of which share common goals, mission and philosophy.


The Our Kids review of The Sacred Heart School of Montreal

our takeThe Sacred Heart School of Montreal was founded in 1861, and built around the principles that were at the core of the Society of the Sacred Heart, which was begun by Saint Madeleine Sophie Barat in 1800. Among those principles was to educate girls to take part in society beyond the home or the church. Barat sought to encourage girls to take a transformative role in their communities, something that, it perhaps goes without say, was a unique perspective for the time. Sacred Heart continues to follow that ideal, expressing it within modern curricular and extracurricular programing, including the integration of 21st century literacies and online tutoring. An international gaze, too, is used to inform the program, seen specifically in service trips and international exchanges. The school was unique when it was formed, and it remains at the cutting edge of education today.



Principal's Message

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Shawn O'Donnell, Head of School

The future at heart

Welcome, and thank you for expressing an interest in our school! We hope that you, like thousands of young women who have called Sacred Heart their school over the past 156 years, will also feel right at home here. Our student body, faculty, staff and administration work hard to make it a warm and caring environment while keeping our teacher-to-student ratio low. This is just one of the ways that we ensure personal, caring treatment of every Sacred Heart girl.

You don’t have to take my word for it: watch one of our videos, Sacred Heart Girls, to see testimonials from some of our students; visit us at any time by contacting Admissions to make an appointment or speak with our Admissions Coordinator, Stephanie or sign up to be a Student-for-a-Day anytime that is convenient for you, and experience the school first-hand.

When you visit our school be sure to ask about the laptop program introducing Chromebooks for every student and Google Apps for Education; our free online tutoring offered by GradeSlam; and our newly introduced French social sciences option for Secondary I students. You can also follow us on one of the school’s several social media feeds like Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, to get a sense of the everyday life of the school and what it is to be a Sacred Heart girl!

Shawn O'Donnell

Head of School

 


Academics


Curriculum Traditional

Primary Curriculum: Traditional


What school says: .

  • Approach:
    Focus Religious-based
    Academic Christian (Roman Catholic)

    If you want to learn more about faith-based education, check out our comprehensive guide.
    If you want to learn more about Christian education, check out our comprehensive guide.
    If you want to learn more about Catholic education, check out our comprehensive guide.


  • Pedagogies and subject courses:

  • Mathematics Traditional Math

      Traditional Math typically teaches a method or algorithm FIRST, and THEN teaches the applications for the method. Traditional algorithms are emphasized and practiced regularly: repetition and drills are frequently used to ensure foundational mastery in the underlying mathematical procedures. The traditional approach to math views math education as akin to building a logical edifice: each brick depends on the support of the previously laid ones, which represent mastery over a particular procedure or method. Traditional Math begins by giving students a tool, and then challenges students to practice using that tool an applied way, with progressively challenging problems. In this sense Traditional Math aims to establish procedural understanding before conceptual and applied understanding.
      Learn about the different mathematics approaches  


    • What school says: The overall objective of the Mathematics programme is to produce problem solvers, using mathematical reasoning and communication. At all levels the assessment of Mathematics is based on two competencies, these being Solves a Situational Problem and Mathematical Reasoning. The content of every course is divided into Algebra and Arithmetic, Geometry, and Probability and Statistics. The accelerated programme moves advanced Mathematics students through the secondary school curriculum in four years instead of five, allowing them to complete AP Calculus in Secondary V.

    • Textbooks and supplementary materials: This information is not currently available.

    • Calculator policy: This information is not currently available.


    Science
    • Teaching approach: Science plays an integral role in our daily lives, and is constantly changing and expanding. Our science programme grants students the opportunity to reach their full potential. Students are exposed to a range of topics in the fields of Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Earth Science. Constructivist and cooperative methods of learning are used in order to provide the best learning environment and to accommodate different learning styles. Students learn the value of rigorous intellectual inquiry, through both laboratory and theoretical work. They become aware of both the positive and negative effects of science on society, and of the relationships between science and other disciplines, with a focus on technology. This awareness will help them to become critical and self-assured thinkers and to make informed decisions on matters involving science.

    • Topics covered in curriculum:

      Subject = offered
      Biology
      Chemistry
      Ecology
      Geology
      Meteorology
      Physics
      Physiology
      Zoology
    • Treatment of evolution:

      Evolution as consensus theory
      Evolution as one of many equally viable theories
      Evolution is not taught

    Literature Traditional

      In traditional literature programs students focus on decoding the mechanics of texts: plot, characterization, and themes. These texts tend to include a balance of contemporary and “classic” literature. When studying a past work, students investigate its historical context -- but only insofar as this adds understanding to the work itself. Past works are therefore studied “on their own terms”, and not merely as historical artifacts to be deconstructed: traditional literature programs are firmly rooted in the humanities, and carry the belief that great literature can reveal fundamental and universal truths about the human condition. These programs emphasize class discussions and critical essay writing, and aim to develop in students critical thinking, communication skills, and a cultivated taste and ethos.
      Learn about the different literature approaches  


    • What school says: The English Language Arts programme promotes the love of learning by encouraging students to deepen their appreciation of literature and their understanding of language encountered in media texts. Students engage in open and respectful discussion of a wide range of ideas, including major ethical and moral dilemmas faced by humankind. The choice of literature and the topics of discussion and debate encourage intellectual development and a habit of reflection.


    Humanities and Social Sciences Equal Balance

      These programs represent an equal balance between the perennialist and pragmatic approach to teaching the humanities and social sciences.
      Learn about the different humanities and social sciences approaches  


    • What school says: The mission of the Social Sciences Department is to foster a thoughtful understanding of the context, infrastructures, ideas, and forces that shape the modern world. Through a multi-disciplinary programme that comprises geography, economics, history, politics and citizenship, students learn about people and places, their power and potential, in the past and present. Our aim is to prepare students for further study and citizenship by combining scholarly insight and practical application. This will enable students to acquire a refined sense of ethical purpose and a heightened appreciation of humanity and its institutions.


    Foreign Languages Communicative

      The communicative method of language acquisition emphasizes the use of the target language in authentic contexts. The approach commonly features interactive group work, games, authentic texts, and opportunities to learn about the cultural background of the language. Drills and quizzes may still be used, but less frequently than with the audio-lingual method.
      Learn about the different foreign languages approaches  


    • What school says: The globalization of our modern world has made ease of communication and general cultural awareness increasingly important. A knowledge of languages gives students not only the ability to communicate orally and in writing, but also the opportunity to discover and explore the world’s cultural diversity, whether through literature or the print and electronic media, or through interaction and exchange with individuals in their immediate community and around the world.

    • Studying a foreign language is required until:   11
    • Languages Offered: • French • Spanish • ESL


    Fine Arts Creative

      Creative arts programs are studio-driven. While historical works and movements may still be taught to add context to the program, students mainly engage in making art (visual, musical, theatrical, etc). The goal is use the actual practice of art to help educate students’ emotions, cognition, and ethos.
      Learn about the different fine arts approaches  


    • Program offers:

      Subject = offered
      Acting
      Dance
      Drama/Theatre
      Graphic Design
      Music
      Visual Arts
    • Visual studio philosophy:

      Expressive
      Disciplined
    • What school says: The Arts are an integral part of our society and our life experiences and are therefore an essential part of a well-rounded education. They open the door to artistic sensitivity, creativity, and the exploration of a student’s talents and interests. They further develop leadership skills, self-confidence,creative thinking and approaches to problem solving as well as provide the means to explore various mediums of personal and artistic expression. Each discipline combines theoretical understanding with a variety of practical applications in both individual and group settings. Historical, cultural and individual perspectives place the arts within a broader context; and students learn to analyze the role of the arts in the past and present and to recognize their power as both a catalyst for, and a recorder of, social change.


    Computers and Technology Medium integration

      Effort is made to integrate the development of digital literacy through the curriculum. However, this is not a dominant focus.
      Learn about the different computers and technology approaches  


    • What school says: This information is not currently available.

    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Robotics
      Web design

    Physical Education
    • What school says: In addition to giving students the opportunity to increase their level of physical fitness and raise their awareness of healthy lifestyle choices, the physical education programme fosters values that are an integral part of a Sacred Heart education: teamwork, sportsmanship, leadership, respect for themselves and for others, and a spirit of community.


    Religious Education 11 to 25% of curriculum


    • Approach to teaching religious and secular curricula

      Completely segregated
      Mostly segregated
      Completely integrated
      Mostly integrated
      Not applicable
    • Approach to teaching religion

      Scripture as literal
      Scripture as interpretive
    • What school says: The courses in Ethics and Religious Culture at The Sacred Heart School of Montreal are oriented to the Catholic tradition of the school while respecting the multicultural and religious diversity of our school community. The overall objective of the Religion Department is to help each student develop the awareness and skills to respond with compassion and wisdom to the people and situations that they will encounter in their lives.


    Advanced Placement Courses
    • AP Art History
    • AP Music Theory
    • AP Psychology
    • AP Computer Science A
    • AP English Literature and Composition
    • AP European History
    • AP Microeconomics


    Curriculum Pace Standard-enriched

    • Standard-enriched
    • Accelerated
    • Student-paced

    Broadly-speaking, the main curriculum -- like that of most schools -- paces the provincially-outlined one. This pace is steady and set by the teachers and school. The curriculum might still be enriched in various ways: covering topics more in-depth and with more vigor than the provincial one, or covering a broader selection of topics.

    Flexible pacing:

    Flexible pacing style = offered
    Subject-streaming (tracking)
    Multi-age classrooms as standard
    Ability-grouping (in-class) as common
    Frequent use of cyber-learning (at-their-own-pace)
    Regular guided independent study opportunities
    Differentiated assessment

    What school says about flexible pacing: This information is not currently available.


    Academic Culture Rigorous

    • Rigorous
    • Supportive

    A school with a “rigorous” academic culture places a high value on academic performance, and expects their students to do the same. This does not mean the school is uncaring, unsupportive, or non-responsive -- far from it. A school can have a rigorous academic culture and still provide excellent individual support. It does mean, however, the school places a particular emphasis on performance -- seeking the best students and challenging them to the fullest extent -- relative to a normal baseline. High expectations and standards – and a challenging yet rewarding curriculum – are the common themes here. Keep in mind this classification is more relevant for the older grades: few Kindergarten classrooms, for example, would be called “rigorous”.

    What school says: The school provides a rigorous education that incorporates all forms of critical thinking and inspires a life-long love of learning.The curriculum develops aesthetic values and the creative use of the imagination.The faculty utilizes a variety of teaching strategies that recognize the individual needs of every student.Members of the school community model and teach ethical and respectful use of all learning resources, both written and electronic.


    Developmental Priorities Balanced

    Primary Developmental Priority: Balanced
    Equal attention is paid to a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social, and physical.

    What school says: At The Sacred Heart School of Montreal, our mission is to nurture the mind, body and spirit of each student in a supportive and caring environment.


    Special Needs Support High

    High

    school provides a high degree of support for special needs students.

    • Academic Support:
      Support Type = offered
      Learning strategy and study counselling; habit formation
      Extra support and minor accommodations for children experiencing subclinical difficulties
    • Mild but clinically diagnosed ADHD
      Support Type = offered
      Accommodations
      Modifications
      Extra support
    • Support for moderate-to-severe special needs:
      Special needs
      Learning disabilities
      ADHD (moderate to severe)
      Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability)
      Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)
      Dyscalculia
      Dysgraphia
      Language Processing Disorder
      Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD)
      Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit
      Developmental
      Autism
      Asperger's Syndrome
      Down syndrome
      Intellectual disability
      Behavioral and Emotional
      Troubled behaviour / troubled teens
      Clinical Depression
      Suicidal thoughts
      Drug and alcohol abuse
      Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
      Physical
      Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder)
      Blindness
      Deafness
      Cystic Fibrosis
      Multiple physical
    • Forms of support delivery:
      Support Type = offered
      A regular class with indirect support
      A regular class with resource assistance
      A regular class with withdrawal assistance
      A special education class with partial integration
      A full-time special education class
    • Additional Support:
      Support Type = offered
      Social skills programs
      Occupational therapy
      Psychotherapy
      Speech-language therapy

    Gifted Learner Support Moderate

    Moderate

    School offers gifted learner support in the form of inclusive practices -- special, custom arrangements made for advanced learners (who otherwise remain in the regular classroom).

    Dedicated gifted programs:

    Program = offered
    Full-time gifted program (parallel to rest of school)
    Part-time gifted program (pull-out; parallel to rest of class)

    Curriculum delivery: Acceleration and enrichment (There is an equal emphasis on acceleration and enrichment.)

    In-class adaptations:
    Practice = offered
    Custom subject enrichment (special arrangement)
    Custom curriculum compacting (special arrangement)
    Guided independent study (custom gifted arrangement)
    Cyber-learning opportunities (custom gifted arrangement)
    Formalized peer coaching opportunities (specifically for gifted learners to coach others)
    Custom subject acceleration (special arrangement)
    Career exploration (custom gifted arrangement)
    Project-based learning (custom gifted arrangement)
    Mentorships (custom gifted arrangement)

    What school says: This information is not currently available.

    Gifted education: If you want to learn more about gifted education, check out our comprehensive guide. It’s the first of its kind: it covers different kinds of gifted schools and programs, and a whole host of issues parents face in finding the right option for their gifted child.

    Homework Policy

    In grade 11, The Sacred Heart School of Montreal students perform an average of 2 hours of homework per night.

    Nightly Homework
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    school60 mins60 mins90 mins120 mins120 mins
    Site Average54 mins59 mins73 mins84 mins98 mins

    Report Card Policy

    How assessments are delivered across the grades:

    Lettered or numbered grades7 to 11
    Prose (narrative)-based feedback7 to 11
    Academic achievement reporting7 to 11
    Parent-teacher meetings7 to 11


    Extracurriculars

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    What school says:
    • Competitive and Challenging Athletics Program

    • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
      Badminton
      Baseball
      Basketball
      Football
      Golf
      Ice Hockey
      Lacrosse
      Rowing
      Rugby
      Running
      Soccer
      Softball
      Swimming
      Tennis
      Track & Field
      Volleyball
    • Clubs Offered
      Art Club
      Band
      Choir
      Community Service
      Dance Club
      Debate Club
      Drama Club
      Environmental Club
      Jazz Ensemble
      Math Club
      Online Magazine
      Photography
      Poetry/Literature club
      Robotics club
      School newspaper
      Student Council
      Yearbook

    Tuition & Financial Aid

    Tuition

    Day (Domestic) Day (International) Boarding (International)
     
    7891011
    Day (Domestic)$13,764
    Day (International)$33,492
    Boarding (International)$49,492
    What school says: The Sacred Heart School of Montreal believes strongly in a diverse community. Enrolment is not limited to students whose families are able to afford the tuition and it is for this purpose that the Bursary Fund was established. Every effort is made to provide some financial assistance to as many as possible.

    Need-based financial aid

    Grade range that need-based aid is offered: 7 to 11
    Percentage of grade-eligible students receiving financial aid25%
    Average aid package size$5,500
    Percentage of total enrollment on financial aid25%
    Total aid available$300,000

    Application Deadline:
    Rolling deadline

    More information:
    http://www.sacredheart.qc.ca/scholarships-bursaries/

    Application Details:

    This school works with FAST. for processing financial applications
    There is no minimum income amount to apply for a bursary, as each family is assessed on an individual basis. To be eligible for assistance, students must complete the admissions process and be enrolled for the next school year.



    Merit based Scholarships

    The Margaret Johnson Scholarship
    Amount: $0
    Other
    Deadline: Rolling
    Eligibility Details: Students grade 7—

    All new students accepted into grade seven are eligible to apply for this scholarship. The Scholarship Committee will select the finalists from the completed applications.

    For more details, visit: www.sacredheart.qc.ca/scholarships-bursaries/
    The RSCJ Scholarship
    Amount: $0
    Other
    Deadline: Rolling
    Eligibility Details: Students grade 7—

    All new students accepted into grade seven are eligible to apply for this scholarship. The Scholarship Committee will select the finalists from the completed applications.

    For more details, visit: www.sacredheart.qc.ca/scholarships-bursaries/
    Head of School Scholarship
    Amount: $0
    Other
    Deadline: Rolling
    Eligibility Details: Students grade 7—

    All new students accepted into grade seven are eligible to apply for this scholarship. The Scholarship Committee will select the finalists from the completed applications.

    For more details, visit: www.sacredheart.qc.ca/scholarships-bursaries/
    Alumnae Scholarship
    Amount: $0
    Other
    Deadline: Rolling
    Eligibility Details: Students grade 7—

    Students accepted into grade seven who share a family connection with a Sacred Heart alumna are eligible to apply for this scholarship. The Scholarship Committee will select the finalists from the completed applications.

    For more details, visit: www.sacredheart.qc.ca/scholarships-bursaries/

    Enrollment

    Total enrollment 264
    Average enrollment per grade53
    Gender (grades)7 to 11 (Girls)
    Boarding offered Gr. 7 - 11
    % in boarding (total enrollment)13%

    If you want to learn more about boarding schools, check out our comprehensive guide.


    Student distribution:

    7891011
    Day Enrollment5234323551
    Boarding Enrollment

    Admission

    Application

    Admissions Assessments:

    Assessment = requiredGrades
    Interview7 - 11
    SSAT
    SSAT (out of province)
    Entrance Exam(s)7 - 11
    Entrance Essay7 - 11
    Application Fee

    Application Deadlines:

    Day students:
    Rolling

    Boarding students:
    Rolling


    What The Sacred Heart School of Montreal says:

    We look forward to welcoming you and your daughter to the Sacred Heart community. We accept applications all year long but it is always good to apply early.



    Acceptance

    Acceptance Rate:

    N/A

    Type of student The Sacred Heart School of Montreal is looking for: The Sacred Heart School of Montreal is for girls seeking an education that combines academic excellence and timeless values. Sacred Heart has more than 156 years of experience graduating young women of action with solid skills and tools for success. Rich in cultural, religious and socio-economic diversity, Sacred Heart students have the courage and confidence to take their place in an ever-changing world. The goal of a Sacred Heart education is to help each student to develop her intellectual and personal gifts and talents to the fullest.


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    Student Entry Points

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    Day Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)
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    Homestay Acceptance
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    Notable Alumni

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    Alumnus Graduation Year Accomplishment
    Therese  Forget Casgrain 1914 Suffragist; Senator; first female political party leader in Canada; Officer of the Order of Canada; commemorated with a Canada Post stamp in 1985 and on the $50 bill in 2004.
    Angela Onesi 1985 Partner at Fasken Martineau LLP
    Jennifer  Finnigan 1996 Three-time Daytime Emmy Award winning actress, best known for her role as Bridget Forrester in the American soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful.
    Antonia  Maioni 1979 Associate Professor Department of Political Science, Institute for Health and Social Policy, McGill University; President of the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

    Alumni Highlights

    • Of the Class of 2016, 36 percent were accepted into a Science program (Health/Pure & Applied); 24 percent into the Social Sciences; 17 percent into Commerce; 10 percent are pursuing Grade 12 studies abroad; 5 percent will attend career/professional programs; 3 percent were accepted, respectively, in liberal arts, creative arts and music programs.

    Stories & Testimonials

    News

    Testimonial: Alumna

    Thanks to the generosity of donors, I was provided with a wonderful education...

    - Julie Mayne '93

    ...



    Testimonial: Past Parent

    What the School did to help educate my three girls is something I will always remember!

    -Thomas Burpee, parent '81, '82, & '85

    ...



    Testimonial: Past Parent

    Outstanding School:  Teachers-Students-Administration & Parents all pulling in the same Direction.  A Very Special Place.

    -Stephen Sartori, parent '16

    ...



    Testimonial: Past Parent

    …. I told my daughter I would be at her school for ‘Teacher Appreciation Lunch’, the least I can do to give back! Her response, “I love my school! My teachers care and they really want me to succeed! And, my friends, we all have each other’s back. It’s like a little family!” Happy daughter, happy Mama!

    -Rebecca Douros, parent '16

    ...



    In the News

    News

    February 23, 2017 - Sacred Heart Raises Additional $1 Million Toward its Capital Campaign

    At their recent Winter Gala The Sacred Heart School of Montreal announced they raised an additional $1 million toward their Capital Campaign ...


    September 20, 2016 - Sacred Heart First School to Provide Unlimited 24/7 Tutoring

    The Sacred Heart School of Montreal becomes the first among private schools in the city to offer this unlimited, online tutoring service. ...


    September 14, 2016 - Sacred Heart Offers Bus Service to Laval

    The Sacred Heart School of Montreal offers a private bus service to and from Laval to accommodate a growing student population from Laval... ...



    Associations

    Associations
    • The Quebec Association of Independent Schools (QAIS) Associations
    • Canadian Accredited Independent Schools (CAIS) Associations


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