Montreal, QC | Grades 7 - 12 | Shortlist
The Sacred Heart School prides itself as a small school, with a big heart. As parents, invitations to the school are always welcome to celebrate our daughters' progress and development. Students are respectful and eager to assist. Students are close, working together as a close-knit family, celebrating together in success, and grieving in losses. Many staff members are alumni, returning to the fold, continuing with the tradition of excellence and Sacred Heart values. `My daughter had transferred from another former all-girls' school, with glowing comments, relating the differences in the two institutions. As parents, we believe that the school's relatively small numbers, enable staff to keep the environment positive and respectful.
When I was at Sacred Heart, I believe there weren't more than maybe 350 students in the entire school. The small size instilled a great spirit and really allowed everyone to get to know each other. It was a great feeling to walk down the hallway or meet someone in the bathroom and be greeted by your name by a student who is not in your class, not even in your grade. While students may come from different religions or cultural backgrounds, Sacred Heart was really an inclusive community that everyone felt wanted and cared for. You develop friendships that truly last a lifetime. I'm still friends with girls I've known since Grade 7 (that's 15 years ago!). Even though you might feel "different" than everyone else, I can assure you that you will have the best of friendships, and girls will stick by your side and support you no matter what.
The student body at Sacred Heart was small but in the best way possible. I would describe it as being incredibly cozy and community-centric. The student body in my view had a very collaborative sense to it, marked by the House system Sacred has. I felt as though the divide between cohorts was loose as well: everyone really knew each other. The average Sacred girl, in my view, is one who cares deeply about those around her, prioritizes academics and friendships and devotes herself. However, there is a wide range of students at Sacred Heart of course, and all of them are passionate about diverse values. I felt as though students got along really well as a family almost. In terms of the background of students, many students came from Anglophone households around Montreal, the South Shore and the West Island.