The present crisis in education hinges on two questions: “Who is responsible for education?” and “What is education for?” At Sacred Heart Academy we believe, in faithfulness to the teaching of the Church, that parents are the first educators of their children and that schools are to minister to the needs of families.
We also believe the best education is that which prepares students to fulfill not only their particular vocations, but also the universal vocation to sanctity - the call God gives to each of us to become saints, loving and serving him both here and hereafter. Such an education, centered on renewed devotion to the sacraments and the richness of the classical tradition, will bring about a lasting renewal of Catholic culture in Grand Rapids and beyond.
In the face of national policies and plans, which advocate, as C.S. Lewis prophetically describes it, a “vast, overall movement towards...the elimination of every kind of human excellence - moral, cultural, social,” we recognize that the time is ripe for a return to an academically excellent, morally grounded education. Join us in this mission by learning more about our vision and considering full-time or part-time enrollment at Sacred Heart Academy.
May God bless you and your family in your discernment process,
Sacred Heart Academy is a Parish Apostolate of Sacred Heart of Jesus dedicated to assisting families, forming Catholics, and cultivating culture.
The Catholic faith is celebrated and lived at Sacred Heart Academy. Students are led to and presented with the sacraments frequently, as each day begins with holy Mass. Students adore Christ in the Blessed Sacrament weekly and have the opportunity for reconciliation monthly. Christ remains at the center of every class and activity as beauty, goodness, and truth point to him. From rays in geometry pointing to His rays of infinite brightness to studying scripture in theology classes, discussion begins and ends with the Alpha and Omega.
Many “classical” schools are defined primarily by their academic RIGOR. In contrast, LOVE is our aim. For out of the superfluous (from the Latin super, “over” and fluere, “to flow”) love of the Trinity, man was created. By love and for love, man was made. From the teacher’s own loving relationship with Christ, flows his love for God’s fingerprint in creation and God’s image in the children entrusted to his care. This love for God, man, nature, and art must be the primary motivator for both teaching and learning. Additionally, our curriculum IS integral, orderly, natural, formative, leisurely, and focused on First Things. Our curriculum IS NOT progressive, utilitarian, anxious, (exclusively) didatic, (purely) rigorous, abstract, or salvific. To learn more about the use of these terms in our philosophy visit us here.
The familial nature of the Academy extends beyond the school day. Students have the opportunity to participate in the fine arts, athletics, service and ministry. In 2017-18, students performed "Les Misérables." Athletic opportunities are provided from a young age with summer camps, and teams throughout the school year in the GRACEAC league. Students are ministered to through events such as rock climbing, read-alouds, open gyms and retreats. Some students have the opportunity of lectoring or serving at Mass. High school students attend the March for Life annually. The Paladin program provides the students with work experience and service to their fellow students in maintaining order in the Academy.