Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart

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Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart
9101 Rockville Pike


United States
MottoHic et Nunc
(Here and Now)
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic
Head of SchoolCatherine Ronan Karrels
Enrollment747 (2018)
Color(s)Blue and gold         
SongCoeur de Jesus
AthleticsIndependent School League
AccreditationMiddle States Association of Colleges and Schools[1]
NewspaperThe Here & Now

Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart is a Catholic, independent, college preparatory school in the Network of Sacred Heart schools for girls, Grades 1-12, with a co-educational early childhood program, Little Hearts, which serves children three-month olds through Kindergarten age.

Stone Ridge inspires young women to lead and serve, through lives of purpose that integrate faith, intellect, community, social action, and personal growth in an atmosphere of wise freedom.

Notable alumnae include Katie Ledecky, Cokie Roberts, Maria Shriver, Joanna Sturm, and Kathleen Kennedy Townsend.

Founded in 1923 by the Society of the Sacred Heart, Stone Ridge is a member of the Network of Sacred Heart Schools with 23 school and affiliates in the United States and over 200 schools worldwide.

Catherine Ronan Karrels, the first lay head and a 1986 graduate, has served as head of school since the fall of 2008. The Stone Ridge mascot is Gerty the Gator.

Upper school tuition for 2019-2020 is $37,100.


Stone Ridge girls compete athletically in the Independent School League.

In 2015, a turf field was added to the campus. It is lined for field hockey, soccer and lacrosse.


Stone Ridge was established in downtown Washington, DC at 1719 Massachusetts Avenue, NW in 1923. By the end of the Second World War, the school had outgrown the building known affectionately as "1719." In 1947, the Society of the Sacred Heart bought 25 acres and their estate, known as "Stone Ridge," in Bethesda, Maryland from Mr. and Mrs. George Hamilton. To this day, the original mansion of the Hamilton estate, a grand neo-Georgian edifice built in 1904, is known as "Hamilton House". Over the years, multiple additions have supported the growth of the school.

In accordance to many Sacred Heart Society traditions, Stone Ridge School celebrates congés. There are two congés a year in which students participate leisure and games instead of attending class; these days are a favorite among the students. A few weeks into the school year, all students in the Lower, Middle, and Upper School attend the Blue/Gold Induction Ceremony where new students learn whether they are on the Blue or Gold team. Current students cheer on their new friends as they are called up for their team. The ceremony is lots of fun and has music and games. Throughout the year, the teams compete to win points through attendance at sporting events, academic honors, and volunteering. At the end of the year, on the all-school Father/Daughter Field Day, the winning team is announced. Other traditions include the annual Upper School bonfire, Prize Day, the Tres Bien Ball for seniors, Feast Wishes, Primes, and Ring Day.

Social Action[edit]

Twice a month throughout the academic year, Upper School students leave campus to learn about issues of human dignity and to support people in need. On Social Action days, you’ll see Stone Ridge girls in over forty locations in the greater Washington, DC area visiting elderly residents of assisted living facilities, supporting students and adults impaired by physical disabilities, cleaning up a park or advocating for care and protection of our natural environment, learning about local and international issues of human rights abuses, attending to children and supporting teachers in public, charter, and Catholic schools, distributing donated goods for individuals and families facing economic hardship, and visiting, assisting, or preparing food for the homeless of our region.

Notable Alumnae[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ MSA-CIWA. "MSA-Committee on Institution-Wide Accreditation". Archived from the original on 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2009-07-31.

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