Statistic Overview based upon our Fall 2013 Basic Educational System Report (BEDS):
- Sacred Heart School is located in a semi-urban setting within the City of Troy.
- The current enrollment is comprised of 199 students (PK-6th) with 4 classrooms of 3 and 4 year old Pre K, 2 kindergartens and one of each grade 1st – 6th.
- There is a rather diverse population within the school; Caucasian, African American, Asian, Hispanic and Multi Racial representation.
- Our graduating 6th graders have been accepted to Catholic Central High School, Academy of Holy Names and LaSalle Institute.
- Our students come from 14 different school districts with one Limited English Proficient Student.
- 16% of our students qualify for the Reduced or Free Lunch Program.
- There are 8 special subject areas beyond the classroom; art, library, technology, physical education, music, Spanish, writing lab and study skills.
- Classroom and school technology resources include; teacher laptops, laptops or work stations, shared iPads, interactive white boards (Smart boards) and LCD projectors. Printers, scanners and wireless Internet are positioned throughout the building. Our extensive library is always open for teacher and supervised student use.
The church is literally and figuratively in the very center of the Sacred Heart School building. It is the heart of our activities and school life. We begin and end each school day with assembly in the church. Christ our teacher enters into every classroom lesson in some way. His values, stories and life are brought into a modern day perspective and are applied to all subject areas whenever applicable. We enjoy and celebrate a generous and supportive parish community, many who have attended our school.
Many families have had several generations go through our school, thus forming a strong alumni base. Our alumni fill every profession in which people can make a difference in the lives of others: medical fields, social services, politics, law/fire enforcement, authors/illustrators or providing goods and services to benefit the greater community. We continue to build upon that base through our quarterly newsletter and outreach to all who have a connection with us.
Since the very opening of the school, the administration, the faculty, staff and clergy have recognized the importance of family in education. The school believes that parents are the first educators of their children and we support this with the development of strong home-school communication and involvement. Notes, emails, facebook/blogs, progress reports, report cards, parent-teacher conference and the utilization of the SchoolReach Program help to make this a reality. Parents are expected to build upon their child’s strengths and weakness while extending the concepts and values taught in the school. This helps with continuity in the child’s life. An annual Parent Survey and Exit Interviews provide us with information from what we do well to what we could be doing.
Our PSA welcomes all parents and extended families to attend their monthly meetings and involve themselves in the numerous events and activities that are planned throughout the year. Buddying up new with established parents over the summer, ice cream socials, Sock Hop dance, roller skating/ice skating, snow tubing, and holiday parties are just a few of them.
Sacred Heart’s faculty and staff strive to not only meet, but to exceed the learning standards set forth by New York State. They have had three years of extensive training in the understanding and implementation of the Common Core Curriculum. They routinely share best practices with each other as well as with cluster Catholic school faculties. An effective planning and evaluation teacher assessment program provides the administration and faculty with consistent feedback from which to grow.
The teacher to student ratio allows the classroom teacher to best assess the individual needs and learning styles of their students. The school’s Response to Intervention (RTI) committee assists in the teacher’s efforts of early identification and support of students learning and behavior. Interventions are developed with increasing levels of intensity to accelerate their learning. Service may include a variety of personnel. The essential components to this process are: high quality classroom instruction, ongoing student assessment (of all students), tiered instruction and parent involvement. If needed, 504 Plans and Public School supported IEPs are implemented in support of the student(s).
In summary, all of the above is what makes “Sacred Heart School a GREAT school with a BIG heart”.