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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. As an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School, SHA provides a global education for all students at all grade levels. We achieved IB World School status in 1997 with the Diploma Programme (DP) and are currently in the candidacy stage for the IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) which will further enhance the IB curriculum for all SHA students.


IB is for everyone: every classroom, every student. This globally-focused educational paradigm is centered on the best practices in 21st-century education. IB learning is concept-based and promotes inquiry and experimentation rather than simply teaching content and then testing on it; therefore, students are more engaged in their learning and can make connections to the world outside our walls. IB requires collaboration, interdisciplinary learning and taking risks, which prepares students for college and for life – we are educating our young women for jobs that may not yet even exist.


The best part of IB is that it promotes curiosity and a life-long love of learning. With four-year concentrations in arts and computer programming, a robust vocal and theater program, nationally-ranked athletic teams, formalized leadership certificate program and a pervasive focus and dedication to the Ursuline core values of community, reverence, service and leadership, SHA is educating and empowering the whole person.


I invite you to visit our classrooms and discover what it means to be a Valkyrie: a strong woman of great faith.


Mary Lee McCoy, Principal