About Us


As a Catholic school, Sacred Heart’s primary purpose is the formation of the intellect within the context of faith as taught by the Catholic Church.

As part of this spiritual mission, students attend mass regularly, have daily religion class, and are involved in service to the community and the world.

Academically, students study a rigorous curriculum that serves them well wherever they go after Sacred Heart. They learn early on to be responsible for themselves and keep track of their own work and assignments. Organizational skills and time management are emphasized, in part through use of planners provided to each student from second grade on.

In class, both cooperative learning and independent learning are utilized. Teachers also individualize instruction through small-group work and other activities. Hands-on learning is important at all levels.

All students take classes in music, library skills, art, and physical education. All levels also participate in service learning opportunities, participating in community service projects as part of a larger lesson on the importance of service to others. Some projects are ongoing, such as a monthly collection for a local food bank in conjunction with Sacred Heart Parish or a continued relationship with our sister school in Haiti. Others tie in with specific classes, such as storm drain stenciling as part of an environmental unit in science class.

The K-8 school format gives older students and younger students an opportunity to interact with each other in a positive, friendly, and helpful way. A buddy system pairs older and younger children for special activities a few times a year. Older students also serve as lunch aides, library aides, and safety patrol.

Other resources include a modern computer lab, smart boards in most classrooms, and other interactive learning aids, such as an online writing tutor and a math challenge program. An afterschool program for working parents, and many extracurricular activities are also offered (see Student Life for more detail on extracurricular activities).

Sacred Heart Elementary School  |  325 Emerson Street  |  Pittsburgh, PA  |  15206  |  (412) 441-1582  |  info@sacredheartpgh.org