2023-2024 School Year Information

End of Year Updates

Friday, June 7th:  No PM Bridges

Monday, June 10th: Last day of school for 8th grade students, class of 2024

Tuesday, June 11th: Last day of school for PK students, 11:45am early dismissal for all students, 1:00pm 8th grade graduation mass followed by graduation ceremony in the Krempa gym

Wednesday, June 12th: PK4 graduation at 9:00am in MPR

Friday, June 14th: 11:45am early dismissal for all K-7th grade students, LAST DAY OF SCHOOL

FACTS Information

FACTS is a flexible tool that provides payment plan options to families at private and faith-based schools. Families can budget their tuition, making private school more accessible and affordable. Our process is simple, convenient, and secure.

IMPORTANT:  Follow this link to set up your account and payment plan on FACTS for tuition and an incidental expense account for fees and Bridges payments.  All payments must now go through your FACTS account.  Click here to sign up

FACTS Tuition Accounts
FACTS Accounts for Bridges and student fees


SHA K-8 Parent Student Handbook 2023-2024 Updated 8.31.23

SHA Preschool Parent HB 2023-2024 UPDATED 8.31.23

Required forms from all families with K-8 students:

Required forms from all families with PK2-PK4 children:


LunchTime Set up Instructions

Uniform Policy

Uniform Order Form

Sacred Heart Academy Notes

Buck-A-Jean Day

Once a month the students are allowed to wear jeans to school for $1.00.  The funds collected go to a pre-assigned charity.  Students give their dollar to their teacher when they come to school.  Clothing worn on these days must follow the “non-uniform day” guidelines outlined in the Parent/Student handbook.

Cookies for a Cause

Each month during the school year the academy collects food for a local charity.  It could be the Knights of Columbus Soup Kitchen, Catholic Charities, Highland Food Pantry, CCAP or Winchester Rescue Mission.  The charities will communicate to us what they need, and those items are what we collect on designated Cookies-for-a-Cause Fridays.  Any student who brings in a donation will receive a cookie, and any class with 100% participation will get extra!

Curbside Cuisine

Each month during the school year the academy offers for purchase, take-home meals for academy families and the parish.  Order forms are sent home to academy families and are also available in the Narthex.  It’s a night off for the family cook and a fundraiser for the school.

School Closure

You will be called, e-mailed and/or texted via our message system when there is a school closure.  We do not follow the decisions made by Frederick County or Winchester City for closings and delays.

Special Celebrations

Below are some of the feast days that Sacred Heart Academy celebrates as a school.

Our Lady of the Rosary (October 7th) & Our Lady of Fatima (October 13th)-We pray the rosary as a school in early October.

All Saints Day (November 1)-All students are encouraged to dress up as Saints. We attend Mass as a school followed by a Saints Parade and school-wide celebrations.

Our Lady of Guadalupe (December 12)

Ash Wednesday – Start of Lent (Ashes will be distributed at Mass.)

Feast of Saint Joseph (March 19)

May Crowning (Date determined each school year. Students bring flowers for Our Lady.)

Standardized Testing

Starting in the 2022-2023 school year, all elementary Diocesan schools across the Diocese of Arlington shifted from using Performance Series by Scantron, to Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) standardized assessments. The MAP tests, offered by the Northwest Evaluation Association, are adaptive achievement and growth assessments administered to our students in grades third through seventh. MAP Growth Assessments, online computer-adaptive tests, are taken three times during the school year (Fall, Winter, and Spring) in the curriculum areas of English, language arts, and math.