Who We Are


Welcome to a school unlike any other in Canada. For over 170 years, we have been providing a deeply meaningful education to our students — one rooted in our founder St. Madeleine Sophie Barat's vision that education transforms society.
We are different for many reasons. We offer co-ed education in our Elementary School and single-gender education in our Senior School — the only school east of Montreal to do so. We are a Catholic school, and one that welcomes all faiths. We are proudly independent, with CAIS accreditation that provides a guarantee of excellence in education, leadership, management, and governance. And, we are small enough to retain our familial feel yet large enough to support a robust roster of course offerings, activities, and experiences.

Based in Halifax, Nova Scotia and part of a network of schools around the world, Sacred Heart students develop global perspectives and opportunities that extend far beyond our iconic front door. As with all network schools, we educate to a strong moral code prescribed by our Five Goals:
Sacred Heart Goals - Schools of the Sacred Heart commit themselves to educate to: 1 - A personal and active faith in God. 2 - A deep respect for intellectual values. 3 - Social awareness that impels to action. 4 - The building of community as a Christian value. 5 - Personal growth in an atmosphere of wise freedom.

These Goals and Criteria are our moral compass. Together with a purposeful pedagogy, a supportive faculty that encourages intellectual risks, and robust co-curricular and extra-curricular programs, our students cultivate their individual strengths, learn how to serve their community, develop the confidence to push beyond limitations, and sow seeds that lead to wisdom and transformation.

We invite you to explore our site, find out what really sets us apart, learn the difference between independent and private schools, ask a question, understand the value of a Sacred Heart education, and book a tour. If you can’t find what you’re looking for — let us know or check out our Frequently Asked Questions guide.

We hope to meet you soon.

Dennis Phillips
Head of School
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5820 Spring Garden Rd
Halifax, Nova Scotia
B3H 1X8
(902) 422-4459