Country Day School of the Sacred Heart

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Country Day School of the Sacred Heart
480 S. Bryn Mawr Avenue
Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, (Delaware County), 19010-2101
United States
Coordinates 40°0′50″N 75°20′43″W / 40.01389°N 75.34528°W / 40.01389; -75.34528Coordinates: 40°0′50″N 75°20′43″W / 40.01389°N 75.34528°W / 40.01389; -75.34528
Type Private, All-Female
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established 1865
Head of school Sr. Matthew Anita MacDonald, SSJ
Grades PK-12
Enrollment 330-350 (average)
Color(s) Red and White         
Team name Lady Lions
Accreditation Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools[1] Network of Sacred Heart Schools
Publication Vue du Coeur
Newspaper 'The Beat'
Yearbook 'The Gate'
Admissions Director Laurie Nowlan
Athletic Director Cindy Shay

Country Day School of the Sacred Heart, commonly referred to as CDSSH, SHA, or Sacred Heart, is a private, Roman Catholic school for girls. Sacred Heart is located in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania and consists of a Lower, Middle, and Upper School with approximately 400 in enrollment. The school is a member of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia.


Country Day School of the Sacred Heart was established in 1865 by the Religious of the Sacred Heart. It has been lay owned and operated since 1969. It joined the Network of Sacred Heart Schools in 1999, reuniting it with its roots.[2]

Academic Curriculum[edit]

Sacred Heart is a college-preparatory school and gives students the skills they need to be successful throughout life. There are 9 departments, which include English, History, Health, Languages, Mathematics, Physical Education, Religion, Science, Technology, and Art. Honors and AP courses are offered in most departments.

English includes American literature, British Literature, World Literature, and Advanced Writing. (honors and AP courses are offered.)

History includes American History, Comparative governments, European History, and World History. (honors and AP courses included).

Languages include French, Spanish, and Latin. (honors courses included.)

Mathematics includes Algebra, Geometry, pre-calculus, calculus, and statistics. (honors courses offered).

Religion includes World religions, Social justice, New Testament, Old Testament, Morality, Church History, and Christian Vocation.

Sciences include Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Environmental Sciences. (honors and AP courses included.)

Exchange Program[edit]

Schools of the Sacred Heart commit themselves to the vision created 200 years ago by Saint Madeleine Sophie Barat, founder of the Society of the Sacred Heart. Sacred Heart is one of 150 schools around the world, and allows students to travel through the exchange program.


Sacred Heart's high school participates in 10 varsity sports, including: Cross Country Running, Field Hockey, Golf, Tennis, Volleyball, Basketball, Crew, Lacrosse, Softball, and Track

Sacred Heart's middle school participates in Field Hockey, Basketball, and Lacrosse.

Tuition (2010-2011)[edit]

  • Pre-K (half-day) $8,000
  • Pre-K (full-day) $9,500
  • Kindergarten $10,900
  • Lower school $12,200
  • Middle school $13,650
  • Upper school $15,500


Entering ninth grade students are eligible for merit scholarships. Academic scholarships are awarded to students who demonstrate exceptional academic ability. (there is a scholarship exam in the fall and grades are taken into account) Also, scholarships may also be awarded to students with talent in Art or Music.

Scholarships include:

  • The Sister Matthew Anita MacDonald Scholarship
  • The Jeannine Broussard ’85 Scholarship
  • The Mae Mac Neal Cardone Scholarship
  • The Editha R. DeLone ’38 Scholarship
  • The Mary Jane Powers Scholarship
  • The Patricia Ryan Scholarship
  • The Gerald P. Rorer Scholarship
  • The St. Philippine Duchesne Scholarship.

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Mary Clarke, RSCJ and nationally recognized St. Augustine authority
  • Mary-Adair Macaire-CEO at Pringle of Scotland
  • Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk-internationally renowned architect and co-founder of the Congress for the New Urbanism

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ MSA-CIWA. "MSA-Committee on Institution-Wide Accreditation". Retrieved 2009-06-23. 
  2. ^ CDSSH. "School Goals and History". Country Day School website. Retrieved 2007-05-11. 

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