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Strategic Plan

Building on Tradition... Creating a living masterpiece of Catholic independent education expressed in the Sacred Heart tradition.

‘Let us leave acts behind us, not just words. St. Madeleine Sophie Barat

Click below to view the Strategic Plan 

School life on Sheridan Road has blossomed over the last decade and a half. Sacred Heart has perhaps never been as well-positioned as it is currently to meet the individual learning needs of each student and carry out its mission as a Sacred Heart school. The Schools are unique in the Chicago area, as we are situated in the strong academic and governance traditions of the independent schools while grounded in the educational mission of Catholic faith. The confluence of these two worlds is the strength of our institution and provides a wonderful opportunity for our future.

Over the past two and a half years, we have examined every facet of SHS. We have engaged in:

  • Two intensive year-long self-studies in all areas of school life by faculty, staff, parents and students
  • Outside evaluations by Visiting Teams from the Independent Schools Association of the Central States and the Society of the Sacred Heart
  • Analysis by independent experts on campus safety, facilities planning, governance, marketing and advancement
  • Research and benchmarking in areas of academics, finance, institutional advancement and governance
  • Input from the Sacred Heart Schools family – parents, alumni, parents of alumni, faculty, staff and Religious of the Sacred Heart -- via surveys, focus groups and interviews.

Enlightened by these results, and by the 200-year history of Sacred Heart Schools, the Strategic Plan was crafted. The resulting new Plan can be read in its entirety in the flipbook at right.  

It is formed around three pillars, or strategic goals:  

Mission, Academics and Governance:

  1. MISSION: Deepen our life in and commitment to the Goals and Criteria and mission of Sacred Heart education on Sheridan Road and in the Chicago area.
  2. ACADEMICS: Develop and strengthen academic and extracurricular programming, and strengthen facilities to support and enhance school programming
  3. GOVERNANCE: Ensure excellence in governance and maintain financial strength and fiscal soundness

Looking Forward
Advancing our mission into the future.

As the pace of life continues to accelerate, Sacred Heart Goals and Criteria will be more important than ever before in guiding individuals toward healthy, responsible, and wise choices. Aspects of the culture while not presenting a challenge to our mission, present a challenge for our mission.

In the last decade and a half, the Schools have invested heavily in the academic program and faculty development.

The school sees the opportunity to continue to expand and enhances its strong reputation to ensure enrollment stability and to advance the mission of Sacred Heart education into the future.

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