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Sacred Heart Academy Bryn Mawr: Nurturing Sisterhood and Strong Minds

The Lower School at Sacred Heart Academy in Bryn Mawr prides itself on its unique focus on academics, social-emotional development, and spirituality for girls from kindergarten through fourth grade.

Educators, students, and alumnae hold in high regard Sacred Heart Academy’s commitment to nurturing strong minds and brave hearts. So do parents.

The Perpiglia family has a third-grade daughter enrolled at Sacred Heart Academy and says of the school: “It is a community filled with laughter and love. It becomes your home as soon as you enter the beautiful double red doors.”

The school’s red doors symbolize love, wonder, friendship, and support, and remind students of Sacred Heart Academy’s 150-year tradition of cultivating confident young women with an independent Catholic education. The school fosters a love of learning, joy in living, a sensitivity to the larger world, and an appreciation for individuality.

©Photo by Jerry Naunheim Jr.

Dedicated and experienced teachers invest in each girl—learning her interests, understanding her unique qualities, and guiding her curious mind. Small class sizes and one-on-one instruction contribute to the success of the student and the development of the whole girl. Students demonstrate care for their peers by helping clean up spills, providing help during class projects, or even just holding open a door.

“I have amazing friends and they are so fun and kind,” remarked one third grader.

The community building among students goes beyond academics. Sacred Heart Academy nurtures students with its inclusive approach to spirituality. “We instill in them the wonder of God’s love for us by fostering mindfulness, gratitude, and a deep appreciation for the gifts we offer each other, our families, and the world,” says Lisa Brairton, Director of Communications and mother of two Sacred Heart Academy graduates.

The Perpiglia family is grateful for the Sacred Heart Academy experience and the relationships and maturity their daughter has cultivated in her time there. “The unique sisterhood these young ladies exhibit is beautiful to witness. The girls are bright, well-mannered, and inclusive. Sacred Heart
Academy has provided a nurturing environment for our daughter that has enabled her to be a risk taker, independent thinker, and problem solver.”

©Photo by Jerry Naunheim Jr.

Sacred Heart Academy provides students unique experiences that encourage a love of learning and curiosity. Students can participate in creative arts,music, and sports; they also have the opportunity to ponder, create, and explore at the new Innovation Center or connect with nature as the classroom extends to the wetlands on campus.

A fourth grader says of her education at Sacred Heart Academy, “It has taught me to help others outside and inside school. It also taught me to have a brave heart. I think a brave heart means to do what is right even if you don’t want to. It also means being kind, brave, and courageous.”


Sacred Heart Academy is looking forward to the future now more than ever. In the meantime, the Admissions Department remains active and here for you. Please view their virtual tour of the campus, enjoy their website and contact them with your questions. 

Please email Director of Enrollment Management Tammy Hart – tammy.hart@shabrynmawr.org to schedule a phone interview. 

This sponsored story by contributor Natalie Silver supports the Main Line Parent community.

Founded in 1865, Sacred Heart Academy Bryn Mawr is an all-girls, Kindergarten through Grade 12, independent, Catholic, college preparatory school on the Main Line. SHA educates college-bound women by cultivating their self-confidence, guiding them to realize their personal and scholastic potential and their responsibility to others, and by preparing them to meet life’s challenges - all within an academic and religiously diverse community that focuses on spiritual values and the individual student.

  • Mare October 3, 2019

    Best school ever. A true gift to give any girl.


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