Why Sacred Heart?

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At Sacred Heart Catholic School, we believe that every child deserves "to have life and have it to the full" (John 10:10), so we provide every student with academic, personal, and spiritual support.  Our students are the future leaders of our community, and so we offer them an extraordinary education rooted in the Gospel that prepares them with the knowledge and skills necessary to serve their community and the world with love, integrity, and zeal.


In the spirit and vision of Monsignor John F. Scully, Sacred Heart Catholic School opened its doors on September 1st, 1959 with an enrollment of 50 students for three grades run by five sisters from The Apostles of the Sacred Heart. The school continued to grow, expanding to offer educational opportunities over the next two decades to Early-Childhood (EC4) to 8th grade. As the school grew, Sacred Heart Catholic School's academics grew as well, which comprised of a balanced program of studies emphasizing the development of skills and contents. Extracurricular activities offered opportunities for students to grow physically, spiritually and intellectually.

In 2007, the Catholic schools of Sacred Heart and Transfiguration merged to sustain a Catholic education for families and became a part of the Diocese of St. Petersburg. In 2011, Sacred Heart Catholic School partnered with the University of Notre Dame to become a Notre Dame ACE Academy. The Notre Dame ACE Academies are an innovative model of Catholic schooling, established to strengthen and sustain existing parish and diocesan Catholic elementary schools. The partnership focuses on emphasizing the best practices in the areas of school culture, academic rigor, and sustainable financial practices. Sacred Heart Catholic School, a Notre Dame ACE Academy, is committed to providing a Catholic education of the highest quality to as many children as possible.

Did you know?  

Catholic schools have effectively served children in our community for more than a century.  Research tells us that Catholic schools consistently improve the lives of their students. 

 Students who attend Catholic schools are:

  • More likely to graduate from high school
  • More likely to graduate from college
  • Likely to earn higher wages as an adult
  • More likely to vote and volunteer