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Portrait of a Graduate

What values and characteristics define the young women and men who graduate from Sacred Heart Schools on Sheridan Road? The majority of students attend our school for nine years, a period when considerable intellectual, moral and personal growth occurs. In the words of Sr. Janet Erskine Stuart, RSCJ: "Our education is not meant to turn the children out small and finished, but seriously begun on a wide-basis. Therefore they must leave us with some self-knowledge, some energy, some purpose ..."

The updated (2017) "Portrait of a Graduate" provides students and their parents further illumination of the values inherent in Sacred Heart's mission and values.






PORTRAIT OF A GRADUATE

Using the five Goals and Criteria of Sacred Heart Schools as a foundation, a graduate of the Sacred Heart:

IS GUIDED BY FAITH

A Sacred Heart graduate is a strong witness of God's presence in him/herself, in others and in the world. Rooted in prayer and embracing all faiths, she/he lives Christian values by modeling love, respect, compassion, forgiveness and generosity.

IS PASSIONATE ABOUT LEARNING

Having completed a challenging and well-rounded course of study, a Sacred Heart graduate is an enthusiastic seeker of knowledge, committed to further learning. He/she has learned to think critically and creatively, work collaboratively and apply knowledge and skills from varied disciplines toward a thoughtful understanding of the world.

IS COMMITTED TO JUSTICE

A graduate of the Sacred Heart continues to develop a personal commitment to social justice through service and solidarity. He/she is an active, informed and responsible citizen both locally and globally. He/she is a mindful steward of the earth's resources and is committed to making the world a better place.

BUILDS AND MAINTAINS COMMUNITY

A Sacred Heart graduate embraces diversity in all its forms and respects individuals and communities from varied backgrounds and experiences. She/he embodies the guiding principles of nonviolence, conflict resolution and peacemaking.

IS DEDICATED TO PERSONAL GROWTH

A graduate of Sacred Heart Schools consistently seeks to engage in opportunities that enrich mind, heart, body and soul. She/he continues to develop decision-making and leadership skills, and understands how choices and actions affect individuals and the wider community.