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Welcome to SHA




Welcome to Sacred Heart Academy, an all-girls Catholic High School, situated amidst the beautiful 48-acre Ursuline Campus in Louisville, Kentucky. I hope that a tour through our website and campus reveals the spirit and HEART of Sacred Heart Academy. As a Catholic, Ursuline school, we are founded on the core values of community, reverence, service, and leadership, and everything we do, including our academic program, is rooted in those values.


As an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School, offering both the Middle Years Programme (MYP) and the Diploma Programme (DP), SHA provides a global education for every student in every classroom. The IB framework for teaching and learning is research-based, relevant, and real-world. This globally-focused educational paradigm is centered on the best practices in 21st-century education and promotes service and leadership. An IB learning community is concept-based and fosters inquiry and experimentation rather than the memorization of facts. This engagement in critical and creative thinking enables students to make connections to the world outside the walls of the classroom. IB learning involves problem-solving, innovation, collaboration, interdisciplinary study, and academic risk-taking, thus preparing students for college and for life beyond.


A Sacred Heart education promotes curiosity and a life-long love of learning. As an IB school with choices for academic concentrations in vocal or visual arts or computer programming, with a robust vocal and theater program, a nationally-ranked athletic program, a formalized leadership certificate program, and a pervasive focus and dedication to the Ursuline core values of community, reverence, service, and leadership, SHA educates and empowers the whole person.


I invite you to learn more about SHA where you will, no doubt, discover what it means to be a Valkyrie: a strong woman of great faith. I am honored to serve as principal of Sacred Heart Academy and look forward to continuing the legacy set forth by Saint Angela Merici and the Ursuline Sisters of Louisville.




Kelly Lanza
Principal, Sacred Heart Academy