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
Motto Educating her mind. Opening her heart.
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established 1865
Head of school Miss Deidre Cryor
Grades Kindergarten-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 Mary Lee Fitzpatrick
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 300 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] Located in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania in the heart of the Philadelphia Main Line, Sacred Heart serves families in the greater Philadelphia area and surrounding regions.

Academic Curriculum[edit]

Country Day School of the Sacred Heart, Bryn Mawr is an independent, Catholic college-preparatory K-12 school for girls and has been in continuous operation for over 150 years. Sacred Heart is committed to serving all families who wish their daughters to receive an excellent academic, values-based education that fosters growth in mind, body, and spirit. The ethos of the school is grounded in the Sacred Heart commitment to educate to:

a personal and active faith in God; to a deep respect for intellectual values; to a social awareness which impels to action; to the building of community as a Christian value; and to personal growth in an atmosphere of wise freedom.

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. There are 24 Network Schools in the United States and Canada. Sacred Heart is one of 140 schools around the world, and allows students to travel domestically and internationally 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, Crew (club), Tennis, and Lacrosse.

Tuition (2016-2017)[edit]

  • Kindergarten $12,700
  • Lower school $14,100
  • Middle school $15,650
  • Upper school $18,400


Entering ninth grade students are eligible for merit scholarships. Academic scholarships are awarded to students who demonstrate exceptional academic ability. A scholarship entrance exam is given in the fall. Scholarships may also be awarded to students with talent in Art or Music. Entering sixth grade students are eligible for merit scholarships. The scholarship entrance exam is administered in late winter.

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". Archived from the original on 2009-09-17. Retrieved 2009-06-23. 
  2. ^ CDSSH. "School Goals and History". Country Day School website. Retrieved 2007-05-11. 

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