Montreal, QC | Grades 7 - 12 | Shortlist
The Academics are challenging, but not impossible. Students who are hand-selected to participate in the program must first perform an entrance exam, as well as an in-person interview with senior staff. Expectations are set from the first meeting, with regular feedback provided. The academic program is based on MEES guidelines, with enriched content. Student assignments are introduced with clear guidelines, and acceptable timelines for completion. In the event, assignments are not clear, teachers along with support is available to guide the student towards successful completion. Sacred Heart students have a safe place to cultivate their interests, develop their potential, and are continuously encouraged by staff and administrators. Its small classrooms are both a strength and weakness, keeping in mind the social reality of the level of education.
The academic program at Sacred Heart is challenging, but very rewarding. Teachers are always up to date with the most recent lessons, so the students really do get the best of the best. You may think that students are competitive because it is a private school and everyone has their own motives, but students are actually not competitive at all. In fact, they actually support each other and are celebrate each other's successes together and comfort each other in times of failure. When I graduated from Sacred Heart, I felt prepared for CEGEP and when I started CEGEP, I actually realized that I had an advantage over most of the other students in my classes that went to other schools (some public and some private). It felt great to know that although it was a lot of hard work during the 5 years of high school, it paid off in the long-run by allowing me to be ahead of my peers in CEGEP.
The academic program at Sacred Heart, in my view, was very robust. As a non-STEM student, I appreciated the diversity of non-STEM courses. At the time, there were many arts courses, some AP courses, economics, leadership etc. I feel as though this is a strong point for Sacred Heart -- The course offerings are very well-balanced. I felt as though most of my courses balanced the importance of learning and academic challenges perfectly. I felt challenged but also was given the appropriate tools to deal with said challenges. I also feel as though many types of academic tools were used which prepared me for life beyond Sacred Heart, like the Socratic method. Generally, I felt as though the teaching I received in my last two years of high school prepared me very well for the government MELS exams and for my time at CEGEP.