Sacred Heart Academy Ranked Best All-Girls High School in Kentucky

SHA Ranked 1Sacred Heart Academy has been recognized as the #1 BEST ALL-GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL IN KENTUCKY for 2023 by Niche. 

It is an honor to be ranked #1 by this national organization, especially as the school celebrates 145 years of Ursuline education in Louisville.

SHA’s administrative team, and our teachers, students, families, and alumnae believe profoundly in the power of our all-girls Catholic education. Principal Kelly Lanza said, “An education from Sacred Heart Academy opens doors for our young women. The knowledge, experience, confidence, compassion, and resilience they gain as student leaders at SHA empower each Valkyrie and catapult them to succeed in college, career, and life. The sisterhood and community built on campus are long-lasting, making Sacred Heart Academy a forever home for students, faculty, and staff.”

President Dr. Karen McNay added, “Our mission and vision propel our Sacred Heart community to greatness. Everything we do is with the success and happiness of our students in mind.”

Sacred Heart Academy’s teachers empower and inspire students daily, emphasizing critical thinking and a growth mindset through the International Baccalaureate framework. Sacred Heart Schools’ Jean Frazier Leadership Institute shows every Valkyrie she is a servant leader and how to use that knowledge and experience to make the world a better place. The administrative and counseling teams are dedicated to each student’s distinct path, connection, and growth, while also fostering community, compassion, and engagement. From arts to athletics and everything in between, the dedication and commitment of SHA’s faculty, staff, and students to sharing their gifts and talents are incredible.


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Established in 1877 by the Ursuline Sisters of Louisville, Sacred Heart Academy is a Catholic, college preparatory, all-girls high school sponsored by the Ursuline Sisters of Louisville. Sacred Heart Academy provides an International Baccalaureate global curriculum, college-level courses including IB, AP, and Dual-Credit, a unique formalized leadership program, a focus on service, faith formation and retreats, academic and social-emotional support, nationally ranked athletics, full-scale visual and performing arts programs, a beautiful 48-acre campus, and much more. A National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence, Sacred Heart Academy is an International Baccalaureate, and Cognia accredited school with 100 percent of the students pursuing higher education in hundreds of colleges and universities nationally and internationally. The Class of 2022 earned nearly $36 million in college scholarships. SHA has won 103 state athletic championships. The school has more than 13,000 alumnae.


According to Niche, “the 2023 Best All-Girls High Schools ranking is based on rigorous analysis of key statistics and millions of reviews from students and parents. Ranking factors include SAT/ACT scores, the quality of colleges that students consider, student-teacher ratio, private school ratings, and more. Data was sourced from the U.S. Department of Education, Niche users, and the schools directly. Our data analysts are dedicated to constantly reevaluating the data we collect to make certain our stats are up-to-date, accurate, and complete. Our data is the backbone of our ranking algorithms, and we are serious about its accuracy and completeness. We use the most up-to-date data available from dozens of public data sources including the Department of EducationU.S. Census, and FBI. Our Data Team uses advanced algorithms and statistical techniques to compare, score, and connect millions of data points to thoroughly analyze U.S. schools and neighborhoods. From rigorous analysis, we refine and simplify complex data into comparable rankings, grades, and profiles for schools and neighborhoods.”

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