Our Mission & Philosophy

Our Mission

Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart inspires young women to lead and serve,
through lives of purpose that integrate faith, intellect, community, social action,
and personal growth in an atmosphere of wise freedom.

 The 5 Goals of Sacred Heart Education

The Goals and Criteria provide both the uniqueness of a Sacred Heart School and the strong bond of union among the Network of Sacred Heart schools. They continue to challenge all Sacred Heart educators to deepen their understanding of these timeless principles.
 

(Taken from the Goals and Criteria as published by
the Society of the Sacred Heart, Saint Louis, Missouri – 2005)

Goal I  • A Personal and Active Faith in God  

The School seeks to form its students in the attitudes of the heart of Jesus expressed in respect, compassion, forgiveness and generosity.

Goal II • A Deep Respect for Intellectual Values

The School provides a rigorous education that incorporates all forms of critical thinking and inspires a life-long love of learning.

Goal III • A Social Awareness which Impels to Action

In our multicultural world, the School prepares and inspires students to be active, informed, and responsible citizens locally, nationally, and globally.

Goal IV • The Building of Community as a Christian Value

The School promotes a safe and welcoming environment in which each person is valued, cared for and respected.

Goal V • Personal Growth in an Atmosphere of Wise Freedom

Students grow in self-knowledge and develop self-confidence as they learn to deal realistically with their gifts and limitations.


A Personal and Active Faith in God

The Society of the Sacred Heart developed the following criteria for this Goal:

  1. Rooted in the love of Jesus Christ, the School promotes a personal relationship with God and fosters the spiritual lives of its members.
  2. The School seeks to form its students in the attitudes of the heart of Jesus expressed in respect, compassion, forgiveness and generosity.
  3. The entire school program explores one's relationship to God, to self, to others, and to all creation.
  4. Opening themselves to the transforming power of the Spirit of God, members of the school community engage in personal and communal prayer, reflection and action.
  5. The entire school program affirms that there is meaning and value in life and fosters a sense of hope in the individual and in the school community.
  6. The School fosters inter-religious acceptance and dialogue by educating to an understanding of and deep respect for the religions of the world.
  7. The School presents itself to the wider community as a Christ-centered institution and as an expression of the mission of the Society of the Sacred Heart.

A Deep Respect for Intellectual Values

The Society of the Sacred Heart developed the following criteria for this Goal:

  1. The School develops and implements a curriculum based on the Goals and Criteria, educational research and ongoing evaluation.
  2. The School provides a rigorous education that incorporates all forms of critical thinking and inspires a life-long love of learning.
  3. The School program develops aesthetic values and the creative use of the imagination.
  4. The faculty utilizes a variety of teaching and learning strategies that recognizes the individual needs of the students.
  5. The School provides ongoing professional development for faculty and staff.
  6. Members of the School community model and teach ethical and respectful use of technology.

A Social Awareness which Impels to Action

The Society of the Sacred Heart developed the following criteria for this Goal:

  1. The School educates to a critical consciousness that leads its total community to analyze and reflect on the values of society and to act for justice.
  2. The School offers all its members opportunities for direct service and advocacy and instills a life-long commitment to service.
  3. The School is linked in a reciprocal manner with ministries among people who are poor, marginalized and suffering from injustice.
  4. In our multicultural world, the School prepares and inspires students to be active, informed, and responsible citizens locally, nationally, and globally.
  5. The School teaches respect for creation and prepares students to be stewards of the earth's resources.

The Building of Community as a Christian Value

The Society of the Sacred Heart developed the following criteria for this Goal:

  1. The School implements an ongoing plan for educating both adults and students in the heritage and mission of Sacred Heart education.
  2. The School promotes a safe and welcoming environment in which each person is valued, cared for and respected.
  3. Adult members of the School model and teach skills needed to build community and practice clear, direct and open communication.
  4. The School has programs that teach the principles of nonviolence, conflict resolution and peacemaking.
  5. The School makes a deliberate effort to recruit students and employ faculty and staff of diverse races, ethnicities and backgrounds.
  6. The financial aid program effectively supports socioeconomic diversity.
  7. The School participates actively in the national and international networks of Sacred Heart schools.

Personal Growth in an Atmosphere of Wise Freedom

The Society of the Sacred Heart developed the following criteria for this Goal:

  1. All members of the School community show respect, acceptance and concern for themselves and for others.
  2. School policies and practices promote self-discipline, responsible decision-making, and accountability.
  3. Students grow in self-knowledge and develop self-confidence as they learn to deal realistically with their gifts and limitations.
  4. School programs provide for recognizing, nurturing and exercising leadership in its many forms.
  5. The School provides opportunities for all members of the community to share their knowledge and gifts with others.
  6. All members of the School community take personal responsibility for balance in their lives and for their health and well-being.
 

Our Philosophy

The philosophy of Sacred Heart education is framed by the assumption that education is transformational because students and educators are engaged in learning for the purpose of coming to self-understanding as those loved by God. Such self-understanding is not possible without intentional formation in critical thinking. Committed to educating to a deep respect for intellectual values, Schools of the Sacred Heart develop curricular and student life programs based on educational research and on-going evaluation. The intention is to inspire students both with a life-time long love of learning and a sense of hope.

- Conference of Sacred Heart Education, Network of Scared Heart Schools