Academy of the Sacred Heart (Bloomfield Township, Michigan)

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Academy of the Sacred Heart, Bloomfield Township, Michigan
Address
1250 Kensington Road
Bloomfield Township, Michigan, (Oakland County) 48304
United States
Coordinates 42°34′48″N 83°13′32″W / 42.58000°N 83.22556°W / 42.58000; -83.22556Coordinates: 42°34′48″N 83°13′32″W / 42.58000°N 83.22556°W / 42.58000; -83.22556
Information
Type Private
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Sacred Heart
Established 1851
Head of school Sr. Bridget Bearss
Associate Head of School Judith Hehs
Grades InfantsGrade 12
Color(s) Navy Blue and Gold         
Athletics conference Catholic High School League
Team name Gazelles for Girls' teams, Knights for Boys' teams
Accreditation North Central Association of Colleges and Schools,[1] Independent School Association of the Central States, Sacred Heart Commission on Goals
Affiliation Network of Sacred Heart Schools
Athletic Director Sal Malek
Website

Academy of the Sacred Heart is a Roman Catholic school located in Bloomfield Township, Michigan in Metro Detroit, near Bloomfield Hills.[2]

It is the oldest independent school in Michigan. Founded in 1851 in Detroit, the Academy moved to its 28-acre (110,000 m2) campus in Bloomfield Township in 1958. It is a Catholic, college-preparatory school for young women from infancy through Grade 12 and for boys from infancy through Grade 8 of many cultures and faiths. The Academy is a member of the Network of Sacred Heart Schools, which includes 24 schools in the U.S.-Canada and an affiliation with the Society of the Sacred Heart in 41 countries around the world.[3]

Background[edit]

Academy of the Sacred Heart was established by St. Madeleine Sophie Barat in 1851 in Detroit. The school moved to Bloomfield Township in 1958.[4]

In 1821 Father Gabriel Richard, a missionary in Detroit visited Mother Rose Philippine Duchesne in Florissant, Missouri. Father Richard asked Mother Duchesne to establish a group in Detroit. This initial request was denied. Father Richard’s wish was not realized until 1848 when Madame Monique Beaubien wrote to Mother Hardy, Superior Provincial of the Society in New York, offering the Society of the Sacred Heart a piece of Beaubien property on Jefferson Avenue for an academy school, on the condition that orphans would also be educated at the institution. On the southwest corner of Jefferson Avenue and St. Antoine Street a building was erected in 1861 at a cost exceeding $30,000. The building was built to accommodate 150 students and for 50 years this was the school.

In 1918 the cornerstone from Jefferson Avenue was placed in its new location as a school was built on Lawrence Avenue. By the 1950s the population shifted northward and the relocation of the school was considered. Reverend Mother Katherine Wansboro bought 20 acres (81,000 m2) in Bloomfield Township. The groundbreaking ceremonies were held in July 1957. The cornerstone, first blessed in 1861 at the original foundation on Jefferson Avenue, then moved to Lawrence Avenue, was now set in place in Bloomfield Township. The cornerstone was newly inscribed with “Built on Confidence in the Heart of Jesus.” The actual move into the new building took place on July 15, 1958.[5]

Kensington Academy[edit]

Kensington Academy was a boy's elementary and middle school of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Detroit. The school opened on the campus of the Academy of the Sacred Heart in Bloomfield Township in 1969. It moved into its own campus in 1982.[6]

It initially occupied a campus in Bloomfield Township,[7] but toward the end of its life its facility was in Beverly Hills.[8]

In 2006 the school announced that it was merging with the Academy of the Sacred Heart.[6] The current Academy of the Sacred Heart's middle school for boys, "Kensington Hall," is named after the former Kensington Academy.[9] "Kensington Hall" was founded in 2002.[10]

International Academy's Okma Campus occupies the former Kensington Academy campus in Bloomfield Township.[11][12] The Japanese School of Detroit, a supplementary Japanese school serving Japanese nationals and Japanese Americans, previously had its school office at Kensington Academy.[13]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ NCA-CASI. "NCA-Council on Accreditation and School Improvement". Archived from the original on April 29, 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-23. 
  2. ^ "Bloomfield Township Street Map." (Archive) Bloomfield Township, Oakland County. Retrieved on July 30, 2013.
  3. ^ "ASH Facts". Archived from the original on 11 February 2010. Retrieved 2010-02-22. 
  4. ^ ASH. "Our Legacy". Archived from the original on 10 May 2007. Retrieved 2007-05-29. 
  5. ^ Stone, Arlene H. Living the Legacy. Bloomfield Hills: Academy of the Sacred Heart, 2001.
  6. ^ a b "ACADEMY OF THE SACRED HEART IN BLOOMFIELD HILLS AND KENSINGTON ACADEMY IN BEVERLY HILLS ANNOUNCE MERGER" (Archive). Academy of the Sacred Heart. July 31, 2006. Retrieved on April 16, 2015.
  7. ^ "U.S. Federal Communications Commission" (Archive). Booth Communications Bloomfield at the U.S. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved on April 16, 2015. p. 18/25. "Kensington Academy 1020 E. Square Lake Rd. Bloomfield Hills, Michigan"
  8. ^ Home page (Archive). Kensington Academy. February 20, 2003. Retrieved on June 20, 2015. "Kensington Academy is at 32605 Bellvine Trail located south off 14 Mile Road between Lahser and Evergreen Roads in Beverly Hills."
  9. ^ "ACADEMY OF THE SACRED HEART WINS THREE SILVER AWARDS IN DAVEY AWARDS COMPETITION" (Archive). Academy of the Sacred Heart. November 6, 2007. Retrieved on April 16, 2015. "The heritage of Kensington Academy is preserved in the name of the boys' middle school, Kensington Hall"
  10. ^ "Kensington Hall" (Archive). Academy of the Sacred Heart. Retrieved on April 16, 2015.
  11. ^ "U.S. Federal Communications Commission" (Archive). Booth Communications Bloomfield at the U.S. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved on April 16, 2015. p. 18/25. "Kensington Academy 1020 E. Square Lake Rd. Bloomfield Hills, Michigan"
  12. ^ Home page. International Academy. Retrieved on April 16, 2015. "Okma Campus • 1020 E. Square Lake Road • Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304 • 248 341-5900"
  13. ^ "JSD の所在地・案内図 JSDの事務局 JSD Map-JSD Main Office" (). Japanese School of Detroit. July 18, 2001. Retrieved on April 16, 2015. "1020 E. Square Lk. Rd. Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304"

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