Convent of the Sacred Heart (New York City)
|Convent of the Sacred Heart
Sacratissimi Cordis Conventus
|1 East 91st Street
Manhattan, New York City
|Type||Private, Day, College-prep|
|Religious affiliation(s)||Roman Catholic|
|Founder||Society of the Sacred Heart|
|Head of school||Joseph J. Ciancaglini|
|Head of Upper School||Margaret Savino|
|Chaplain||Rev. John Kamas|
|Grades||PK — 12|
|Enrollment||670 (approx.) (2008)|
|Color(s)||Red and White|
|Athletics||-11 interscholastic sports
-Colin Hope, Physical Education Department Chair
|Athletics conference||AAIS, NYSAISAA|
|Publication||Zenith (literary magazine)|
|Newspaper||Spirit of 91st Street|
|Tuition||Pre-kindergarten — US$25,600
Junior kindergarten — $35,290
Grades kindergarten through 12 — $44,735
|Head of Middle School||Catherine Hubacz|
|Head of Lower School||Amy Pacula|
|Upper School Dean of Studies||Pati Ruiz|
|Upper School Dean of Students||Amanda Codina|
|Director of Admissions||Elizabeth Santini|
Convent of the Sacred Heart is an independent Roman Catholic all-girl school in the Manhattan borough of New York City. Teaching from pre-kindergarten all the way through to twelfth grade, it is located on Manhattan's Upper East Side at East 91st Street and Fifth Avenue.
Founded in 1881 by the Society of the Sacred Heart, a Roman Catholic congregation established in France in 1800, the school is New York City’s oldest private school for girls. The school was originally housed in a Manhattan brownstone on Madison Avenue at East 54th Street.
By the 1930s, the school had outgrown its Madison Avenue space and moved into the Kahn mansion. In 1940, the Society acquired the Burden mansion next door.
Membership and accreditation
In addition to being a member of the Society of the Sacred Heart and a part of the global Network of Sacred Heart Schools, a worldwide network of over 150 schools committed to the mission of a Sacred Heart education, the school is accredited by the New York State Association of Independent Schools and is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools.
It is operated independently as part of the Network of Sacred Heart Schools. The school is also associated with the New York Interschool Association.
Sacred Heart is accredited by the New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS). It is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools, the Independent Schools Association of Greater New York, the National Coalition of Girls’ Schools, the European Council of International Schools, the International Schools Association and the Network of Sacred Heart Schools in the United States.
While many students enjoy telling the tale of their time at Sacred heart, many students of color have expressed concern of the lack of diversity.
Sacred Heart is located in two historic mansions in the Carnegie Hill Historic District on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, at 1 East 91st Street and 7 East 91st Street, next to Central Park/5th Avenue and across the street from the Cooper-Hewitt Museum.
- 1 East 91st Street (Otto H. Kahn House) houses grade 5 through grade 12 (opened in 1934)
- 7 East 91st Street (James A. Burden House) houses pre-kindergarten through grade 4 (opened in 1940)
In September 2008, The Convent of the Sacred Heart purchased a facility located at 406 East 91st Street to create a new sports center. As of September 2014, the athletic center is open.
Within the buildings at 1 East 91st Street and 7 East 91st Street, there are:
- 3 Science Labs
- 1 Gymnasium
- 1 Performance Space
- 2 Photography Darkroom Studios
- 2 rooftop playgrounds
- Interactive Projectors in all classrooms for grades K-12
- 2 Libraries and Virtual Library Access
- Wireless Internet Access
Clubs and common-interest organizations
The school offers a range of clubs and activities for student participation, including the Habitat for Humanity International, Amnesty International, student council and forensics (public speaking).
- There are 40+ after-school activities available every fall, winter and spring to Lower School students.
- There are 40+ clubs and activities available to Middle School students.
- There are 30+ clubs and activities available to Upper School students.
Over 40% of the sophomore class study abroad on exchange for 3 to 10 weeks to other schools in the Sacred Heart network including schools in France and in Spain for 10 weeks, and to Australia, Italy, Ireland, Canada and Taiwan for 3 weeks.
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The school participates in eleven interscholastic sports disciplines.
There is a separate athletic building at 406 91st Street near 1st Ave.
Enrollment, tuition and fees
Tuition and Payment for the 2017-2018 School Year:
Pre-Kindergarten: $27,870 Junior Kindergarten: $39,780 Kindergarten - Grade 12 : $48,700
- Average enrollment of students in pre-kindergarten through grade 12: 685
- The Lower School includes pre-kindergarten, junior kindergarten, kindergarten and grades 1 through 4
- The Middle School consists of grades 5 through 8
- The Upper School is made up of grades 9 through 12
- Students of color: 28%
- Average grade size (K-12): 50
- Student/Faculty Ratio: 7:1
- Stefani Germanotta (Lady Gaga), singer
- Nicky Hilton Rothschild, heiress and socialite
- Lourdes Benedicto, actress
- Jordana Brewster, actress and model
- Dorothy Donnelly, actress and playwright
- Magee Hickey, television reporter
- Caroline Kennedy, attorney and diplomat
- Ethel Skakel Kennedy, human rights campaigner
- Jean Kennedy Smith, diplomat
- Joan Bennett Kennedy, socialite
- Eunice Kennedy Shriver, human rights activist
- Christa Miller, actress
- Minnie Mortimer, socialite
- Lia Neal, Olympic swimmer
- Emily Rutherfurd, actress
- Alix Smith, photographer
- Frederica von Stade, singer
- Elaine Stritch, actress and singer
- Gloria Morgan Vanderbilt, socialite
- Charlotte Selina Wood, actress
- Karen Akers, actress and singer
- Harriet Sylvia Ann Howland Green Wilks, socialite and heiress
- Leah McSweeney, fashion designer
- Molly Fienning, co-founder, Babiators
- Susan Konig, author and publisher
- Emily Rafferty, President emeritus, Metropolitan Museum of Art
- Gea Bozzi, author and University Geed at Duke University in Durham, NC
In popular culture
Film and theatre
- The Dark Corner (1946) - Burden Mansion, 7 East 91st Street, NYC as The Cathcart Gallery
- The Anderson Tapes (1971)
- 9 to 5 (1980)
- Chicago (play - 1975; film - 2002) — in the song "We Both Reached For the Gun" the character, Roxie Hart, was said to have attended the school.
- The Verdict (1982)
- Working Girl (1988)
- A Perfect Murder (1998)
- Uptown Girls (2003)
- Night at the Museum (2006)
- Falling for Grace (2006)
- Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist (2008)
- Duplicity (2009)
Literature and television
- A Very Gaga Thanksgiving (2011)
- Cashmere Mafia (Season 1)
- Gossip Girl (book series) — contains the line "two little Sacred Heart girls in their cute red and white checked pinafores were walking an enormous black Rottweiler" on page 86 in the first novel of the series.
- Law & Order
- Scrubs: Sacred Heart Hospital, where the series takes place, was named after the Convent of the Sacred Heart, where cast member (and wife of the series' screenwriter Bill Lawrence) Christa Miller (who portrays Jordan Sullivan) attended high school.
- White Collar
- "Administration/Board" Archived 2009-10-15 at the Wayback Machine.. Convent of the Sacred Heart. Undated. Accessed 2009-10-10.
- "Administration, Faculty and Staff". Convent of the Sacred Heart. Undated. Accessed 2009-10-10.
- "Christa Miller". IMDb. Retrieved 4 March 2018.
- "The Dark Corner (1946) Filming Locations". IMDb.com. Retrieved 30 April 2017.
- Unknown author (Undated).[unreliable source?]"Trivia for Scrubs (2001)". Internet Movie Database. Accessed 2009-10-10.
- cshnyc.org, Convent of the Sacred Heart, official website
- sofie.org, Network of Sacred Heart Schools, official website
- aashnet.org The Associated Alumnae and Alumni of the Sacred Heart, official website
- burdenkahnmansion.org, The Otto Kahn and James Burden Mansions, official website
- "The Convent of the Sacred Heart School (originally the Otto and Addie Kahn House)", at "Tom Fletcher's New York Architecture Images and Notes" (nyc-architecture.com), an architecture fansite (undated)
- Convent of the Sacred Heart architectural records, 1902-1918. Held by the Department of Drawings & Archives, Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University.
- Gray, Christopher (1994-02-27). "Streetscapes/The Convent of the Sacred Heart; A Matter of Reconciling Preservation With Patina. The New York Times. article about restoration of the Burden mansion. Accessed 2009-10-10.