Sacred Heart Academy (Louisville)

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Sacred Heart Academy
3175 Lexington Road

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United States
Coordinates38°14′57″N 85°40′30″W / 38.24917°N 85.67500°W / 38.24917; -85.67500Coordinates: 38°14′57″N 85°40′30″W / 38.24917°N 85.67500°W / 38.24917; -85.67500
TypePrivate, All-Girls
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic
PrincipalMary Lee McCoy
Enrollment842[1] (2013–14)
Color(s)Navy Blue, White, and Red             
AccreditationSouthern Association of Colleges and Schools [3]
NewspaperThe Rune
YearbookThe Angeline
Athletic DirectorDonna Moir[2]

Sacred Heart Academy is an all-girls Roman Catholic high school in Louisville, Kentucky. It is located in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Louisville. Sacred Heart Academy was founded in 1877 and is a sponsored school of the Ursuline Sisters of Louisville. It has been named a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence twice and is an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School. It first achieved International Baccalaureate (IB) World School status in 1997. It is one of only two schools in the city and the only Catholic school in the state to offer IB.


Sacred Heart Academy's History began in 1858, when a request for teachers to the Ursuline Sisters of Germany came from Louisville, KY. Three young Ursulines answered the request, traveling to Louisville to teach German immigrant children at St. Martin's school. By 1859, the Sisters had established Ursuline Academy at the corner of Shelby and Chestnut streets. In 1864, the Sisters incorporated the Ursuline Society and Academy of Education. In the 1870s, more space was needed to accommodate the growing number of sisters, students and boarders. The community purchased property on Workhouse Road (later known as the Lexington Road campus). In 1877, classes began in an existing farmhouse, and the Academy of the Sacred Heart opened for grades 1 through 12. In 1924, The Academy became two schools: Sacred Heart Academy, a high school for girls, and Sacred Heart Model School, a grade school for boys and girls.

Extracurricular activities[edit]

Sacred Heart Academy has over 40 clubs and activities in which students can participate.[citation needed]


Sacred Heart Academy has earned 80 team state titles in its history. The on-campus athletic facility includes a gym, fitness center, five tennis courts, a regulation track, softball field, two natural grass fields and one synthetic turf field. More than 50% of the student body participates in one or more of the 15 sports offered.[4]

Ursuline Sisters[edit]

The Ursuline Sisters of Louisville, Kentucky, an apostolic religious congregation of the Roman Catholic Church, rooted in the spirit and tradition of Saint Angela Merici. Teaching Christian Living is the corporate ministry of the Ursuline Sisters.

Core values[edit]

Sacred Heart Academy teaches the Ursuline Core Values of community, reverence, service, and leadership.

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "2013–2014 Audited School Enrollments (in alphabetic order)" (PDF). Kentucky High School Athletic Association. Retrieved March 13, 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Sacred Heart Academy Directory Entry - (# 238)". KHSAA School Directory. Kentucky High School Athletic Association. Retrieved March 13, 2014.
  3. ^ SACS-CASI. "SACS-Council on Accreditation and School Improvement". Archived from the original on April 29, 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-23.
  4. ^ "Sacred Heart Schools Louisville: Athletics", Sacred Heart Schools: Official Website

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