Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart

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Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart
3860 Main Street
Eggertsville (Town of Amherst)
Eggertsville, New York, (Erie County), 14226
United States
Coordinates 42°57′47″N 78°48′25″W / 42.96306°N 78.80694°W / 42.96306; -78.80694Coordinates: 42°57′47″N 78°48′25″W / 42.96306°N 78.80694°W / 42.96306; -78.80694
Type Private
Motto Christus Super Omnia
(Christ Above All)
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
(Sisters of St. Francis of Penance)
Established 1877
Administrator Mary Cochrane
Head of school Jennifer Demert
Staff 32[1]
Faculty 45[1]
Grades 9-12
Gender Girls
Enrollment 398[1] (2008-09)
 • Grade 9 104
 • Grade 10 96
 • Grade 11 100
 • Grade 12 98
Average class size 20[1]
Student to teacher ratio 10:1[1]
Color(s) Maroon and White         
Slogan Empowering Young Women Through Excellence in Education
Mascot Shark
Team name Sharks
Rival Nardin Academy
Accreditation Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools[2]
USNWR ranking 3rd

Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart is a Roman Catholic Sisters of St. Francis of Penance and Christian Charity private high school for young women located in Eggertsville, New York, United States.[3] It is operated independent of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo.


The Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart was founded by the Sisters of St. Francis of Penance and Christian Charity in 1877 to provide an education rich in the arts, sciences, and humanities for the daughters of immigrant families. The school included instruction in matters of faith and development of moral character.

The first enrollment consisted of eight young women. By 1889 the academy's campus included the convent, a five story school building, an annex, and a building used for science labs.

The academy outgrew its quarters on Washington Street in downtown Buffalo, New York. In 1928 the Sisters secured a 5-acre (20,000 m2) property in Eggertsville, and began supervising construction of the new building. On May 11, 1930, 230 students and 14 faculty members moved into the new Sacred Heart Academy.[4]

In 1997 the campus was expanded by the purchase of an adjacent building, providing additional learning areas for SHA's music students. Clare Music Hall, named in honor of St. Clare of Assisi, opened in September 1999.

Over the summer of 2012, the academy expanded yet again. With the convent no longer in use, the school expanded to include a new state-of-the-art language and English section, which opened that fall. This area includes new technology and the school now being able to teach Mandarin Chinese, among other LOTE.

In July 2013 the academy received permission to demolish a 40 year old garage in order to build a new gymnasium. The gym will also include a dance studio. The academy anticipates having use of the new gym by the 2014-2015 basketball season.


In 2013, the Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart was ranked 3rd out of 131 western New York high schools in terms of academic performance.[5] The school was also ranked #1 for its math department.

Notable alumni and faculty[edit]

  • Beverly Eckert '69, co-chair of the 9/11 Family Steering Committee and a leader of "Voices of September 11" after her husband Sean Rooney was killed in the September 11 attacks, was a victim of Flight 3407
  • Kristen Pfaff, musician best known as the bassist for alternative rock band Hole.


  1. ^ a b c d e "Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart - School Profile". Retrieved 2009-05-27. [dead link]
  2. ^ MSA-CSS. "MSA-Commission on Secondary Schools". Retrieved 2009-05-27. 
  3. ^ "USGS map via ACME Mapper". Retrieved 2009-03-29. 
  4. ^ "History - Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart". Retrieved 2013-08-07
  5. ^ "High schools in Northtowns". 2009-06-04. 

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