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SACRED HEART ACADEMY
   Louisville, Kentucky

HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL
   Start Date: July 2021
   www.sha.shslou.org
SACRED HEART ACADEMY HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL - Louisville, Kentucky Start Date: July 2021 www.sha.shslou.org
Mission
Sacred Heart Schools, a Catholic community rooted in the Ursuline tradition, inspires
diverse learners to become globally-minded, compassionate leaders.

OVERVIEW
Sacred Heart Academy (SHA) is an all-girls Catholic high school situated amidst the beautiful 48-acre
Ursuline Campus in Louisville, Kentucky. SHA is part of Sacred Heart Schools, a community of four
distinct schools rooted in both the teaching mission of the Catholic Church and the tradition of the
Ursuline Sisters and founded on the core values of community, leadership, reverence, and service.
Sacred Heart Schools is defining excellence in education for the 21st century by creating enlightened
scholars, compassionate leaders of high character, and responsible citizens who make a difference
across Kentucky and around the world.

A SHA education promotes intellectual curiosity and a life-long love of learning. As an International
Baccalaureate (IB) World School with choices for academic concentrations in vocal or visual arts or
computer programming, a robust vocal and theater program, a nationally-ranked athletic program, a
formalized leadership certificate program, and a pervasive focus and dedication to the Ursuline core
values, SHA educates and empowers the whole person. As an Ursuline school, SHA provides a safe
and welcoming environment that recognizes the uniqueness of each individual and nurtures a strong
spiritual formation while striving for peace and justice.

SHA seeks a mission-driven, visionary, collaborative, student-focused, and community-centered
principal beginning July 1, 2021. The principal will promote the Catholic educational development of
the school’s faculty, staff, and students, with emphasis on the Ursuline core values. The principal will
support and promote diversity, equity, and inclusion among the school’s faculty, staff, and students. The
ideal candidate will serve as a community leader, fostering a climate of well-being and engagement
of faculty, staff, and students and serve as a role model, reflecting the school’s Catholic and Ursuline
identity while embodying the creative and forward-thinking direction of the school. The new principal will
also honor Sacred Heart Schools’ vision to be an internationally recognized system of Catholic schools

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Fast Facts
 Established: 1877
 Enrollment: 826
 Students who identify as non-Catholic: 21.4%
    of those reporting religion
 Total faculty: 81
 Average faculty tenure: 9.1 years
 Faculty holding an advanced degree: 81%
 Student-to-teacher ratio: 12:1
 Students receiving financial aid: 16.4%

that inspires students, empowers faculty, and models excellence and high achievement in all facets of
the student experience.

SACRED HEART SCHOOLS
From its founding by the Ursuline Sisters of Louisville in 1877 as the Academy of the Sacred Heart,
Sacred Heart Schools (SHS) has a proud tradition of transforming lives. With its global alumni reach
and extraordinary impact, SHS strengthens and continues the educational ministry of the Ursuline
Sisters who have served in Louisville since 1858.

SHS is rooted in both the teaching mission of the Catholic Church and the tradition of the Ursuline
Sisters, founded by St. Angela Merici. SHS is comprised of four schools—Sacred Heart Academy,
Sacred Heart Model School, Sacred Heart Preschool, and Sacred Heart School for the Arts—all of
which are committed to education that affirms the dignity of each individual and promotes community,
leadership, reverence, and service.

ACADEMICS
Sacred Heart Academy is a proud IB World School offering both the Middle Years Programme (MYP)
for grades 9 and 10 and the Diploma Programme (DP) for grades 11 and 12. IB World Schools share
a common philosophy—a commitment to improve the teaching and learning of a diverse and inclusive
community of students by delivering challenging, high quality programs of international education that
share a powerful vision.

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College Acceptances
Members of the Class of 2020 were
accepted to the following colleges and
universities, among others:

Arizona State University
Auburn University
Bellarmine University
Belmont University
Boston College
Butler University
Clemson University
College of Charleston
Colorado State University
Dayton University
DePaul University
Duke University
Emory University
Florida State University
Fordham University at Rose Hill
Howard University
Loyola University Chicago
Miami University
Michigan State University
Murray State University
New York University
Northern Kentucky University             To this end, SHA prides itself on offering an academic
Ohio University                          experience that is concept-based and promotes inquiry
Princeton University                     and experimentation, rather than simply teaching content
Purdue University                        and then testing on it. SHA classrooms are active,
Saint Louis University                   student-centered, inquiry-based environments where
Samford University
                                         students are challenged to take academic risks and to
Southern Methodist University
Spelman College
                                         develop their research, writing, and critical thinking skills.
Syracuse University                      Teachers are collaborative and creative and participate in
The George Washington University         extensive professional development with other educators
The Ohio State University                across the world. As a result, SHA students are deeply
The University of Virginia               engaged in their learning and can make connections to
Tulane University                        the world beyond their school campus.
University of Alabama
University of Arizona                    Students have the option to choose from 34 college-level
University of Cincinnati                 courses including IB, Advanced Placement (AP), and
University of Colorado, Boulder          dual-credit courses. In fact, 56% of juniors and seniors
University of Florida
                                         are enrolled in college-credit courses. SHA also offers
University of Kentucky
University of Louisville
                                         a wide variety of science, technology, engineering, and
University of Michigan                   math (STEM) courses with a concentration in computer
University of Missouri                   science. The four-year sequenced computer science
University of North Carolina             program engages students in computational thinking
University of Notre Dame                 through activity, project, problem-based learning, and
Vanderbilt University                    will get them excited about the possibilities in careers
Villanova University                     that use computing.
Wake Forest University
Western Kentucky University
Xavier University
Yale University
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SHA operates on a four-block schedule each day, which offers students the opportunity to develop their
planning and academic preparation skills. This style of schedule also means that students have ample
opportunity to seek additional help from teachers, study with peers, collaborate on group projects, visit
the counselor or the academic dean, or simply take more time for independent quiet study.

THE ARTS
At Sacred Heart Academy, the performing and visual arts allow students to find their voices, express
themselves, and showcase their creativity.

Every student at SHA takes at least one visual arts class but may enroll in art all four years of high
school. Students can choose to commit to the four-year IB Art Program or experience a variety of art
electives including jewelry design, painting, photography, ceramics, and sculpture. Graphic design,
computer animations, video production, and digital photography classes are available through the
Business, Communications, and Technology department.

The performing arts department offers a variety of courses and co-curricular opportunities. SHA’s choral
program has a long tradition of excellence offering three choirs for promising vocalists: Bel Canto Choir,
A Cappella, and Madrigals. For students interested in a focused study of vocal music, the four-year IB
Music Certificate program prepares students for the professional world of performing arts. In addition,
performing arts electives include a survey of performing arts, music theory, piano, and introduction to
dance or acting. SHA students may also participate in two musical theatre productions each year.

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ATHLETICS
With one of the most successful athletic programs in the state, Sacred Heart Academy understands
the meaning of giving 110%. The 15 sports offered at SHA represent just a handful of ways students
can become involved and show their Valkyrie pride. Nearly 50% of students participate in at least one
sport, including three no-cut sports and intramural flag football. SHA’s state-of-the-art athletic facilities
are conveniently located on campus, equipped with a gym, fitness center, turf field, two grass fields,
softball field, regulation track, and field houses.

Sports offerings include cross country, field hockey, golf, soccer, volleyball, archery, basketball, bowling,
swimming and diving, lacrosse, softball, tennis, track and field, cheerleading, and dance.

STUDENT LIFE
Sacred Heart Academy takes great pride in its mascot: the Valkyrie, a Norse mythological woman
who carried the bodies of brave deceased warriors to heaven. At SHA, the Valkyrie represents the
school’s goal to build and graduate strong women of great faith, and the school has many programs
and traditions that reflect this goal.

Since its founding, SHA has established special traditions such as the Freshman Mass, when seniors
present each freshman with a single red rose to symbolize the beginning of their journey as a Valkyrie.
Upon graduation, graduates carry a bouquet of red roses to symbolize all that they have gained during
their time at SHA. At the end of the ceremony, instead of throwing their caps, graduates tear off rose
petals and throw them into the air to celebrate. Another beautiful tradition that embraces the spirit of the
Valkyrie is the Junior Ring Ceremony. SHA students receive their class rings in March or April of their
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junior year. At the ring ceremony, each junior is presented her ring by a special female role model in
her life. The ceremony focuses on their responsibility to serve as the senior leaders in the coming year.

The Jean Frazier Leadership Institute (JFLI) at Sacred Heart Schools promotes a culture of leadership
by providing authentic leadership experiences that create empowered leaders who seek to serve others.
The JFLI has created a four-part approach to leadership development, including social emotional
learning, skill-based learning, practice, and reflection. The three pillars of the Jean Frazier Leadership
Institute (Leadership, Service, Financial Literacy) combine to provide a comprehensive leadership
development program that inspires students to discover their passion and their purpose.

SHA has more than 50 clubs and organizations for students to explore a new interest, develop leadership
skills, and meet new friends. Whether through Student Council or 100 Club, Art & Photography or
Culinary Club, or the VEX Robotics or Computer Programming Club, SHA empowers students to try
new things.

Sacred Heart Academy’s commitment to Catholic, Christian values reaches far beyond the classroom
through liturgical services, retreats, and service. Each day begins with prayer, and the community
gathers regularly for Mass and other religions celebrations. SHA’s four-year retreat program provides
opportunities to bond with others and grow student commitment to the Ursuline Core Values. The
program includes a mandatory underclassmen retreat and, while optional, a senior retreat said to be
one of the best experiences of a Sacred Heart student. Called to serve others, SHA students provide
more than 25,000 hours of service to the Louisville community each year. Freshmen and sophomores
are required to do 20 hours of service, while juniors and seniors are required to complete 25.

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CAMPUS
Sacred Heart Schools has grown and thrived against the beautiful backdrop of the 48-acre Ursuline
Campus since the 1870’s. Home to all four schools, the vibrant campus is always alive with activity.
Each school engages regularly with their campus neighbors, including their beloved Ursuline Sisters,
providing unique opportunities for intergenerational learning, peer leadership, faith formation, and
collaboration. In addition to innovative, active learning centers, the SHS campus boasts premier athletic
facilities, a state-of-the-art performing arts venue, and abundant green space, including a beautiful
outdoor amphitheater and prayer garden.

LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY
With roots that run deep, Louisville prides itself on being an exceptional Southern city. Today, the city
is well known for being home to legendary boxer Muhammad Ali, the Kentucky Derby (at Churchill
Downs), Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC), the University of Louisville and its Cardinals, Louisville Slugger
baseball bats, and three of Kentucky’s six Fortune 500 companies.

Those who find themselves hungry or thirsty in Louisville are in luck. Dubbed the Culinary Capital
of Bourbon Country, Louisville boasts more than 2,500 restaurants, which include numerous James
Beard nominated chefs and restaurants. In fact, Bon Appetit Magazine has called Louisville “one of the
best foodie small towns in America.” Zagat says, “Louisville is one of the seven up and coming foodie
towns in America,” and Food & Wine Magazine calls Louisville’s East Market Street “one of the 10 Best
Foodie Streets in America.” In addition to boundary pushing twists on Southern cuisine, Louisville offers
the “Urban Bourbon Experience” that features the world’s only, city-wide trail filled with award-winning
micro-distilleries, exhibits, and craft cocktail destinations.
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Once you’ve had your fill of food and drink, you can explore the cultural attractions that make Louisville
one-of-a-kind. Stroll through the award-winning, multicultural center dedicated to the life and legacy of
Louisville’s native son, Muhammad Ali. Learn the story behind Ali’s incredible life and even step into
the boxing ring to take on the Champ. You can also get an up-close look at the Olympic torch he used
to light the cauldron at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.

In Louisville, it’s a quick jump from boxing to baseball. At the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory
you can see how the famous bats are made or take a swing with historic replica bats in the batting
cages. If you still want more sport, experience the greatest two minutes in racing at the Kentucky
Derby Museum. Be a part of the thrills and traditions of the race as you watch the “Greatest Race” in a
360-degree theatre. Tour historic Churchill Downs to learn the history of the track.

The fun doesn’t end there. Louisville has a man-made, 17-mile cavern that lies beneath the city and
is home to four unique attractions. One of the largest caverns in the U.S., the Louisville Mega Cavern
offers a historical tram tour of the cavern, the Mega Quest ropes course, the only underground zip
line course—Mega Zips—and first-of-its-kind Mega Underground Bikes Course with over 12 miles
of interconnected trails. Louisville also has one of the largest and most ambitious metropolitan park
projects in the nation; The Parklands of Floyds Fork were built to serve as city-shaping infrastructure.
Explore four parks linked by a park drive in this first-rate urban trail system that features a remarkable
waterfall. The Parklands features hiking trails, multi-use paths, playgrounds, road biking and mountain
bike trails, guided hikes, and canoeing/paddling opportunities—all within four parks.

Clearly, Louisville has earned its reputation as a special and unique destination for tourists and a
beloved home to its residents.

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Louisville also has a rich history as a large Catholic community. The archdiocese was formed in 1808
after Pope Pius VII subdivided the primal see of Baltimore into the Dioceses of Boston, New York,
Philadelphia, and Bardstown, KY (moved to Louisville in 1841). Today, the Archdiocese of Louisville
extends throughout 24 counties in Central Kentucky and its 110 parishes and missions serve nearly
200,000 Catholics, with approximately 80% of those in the Louisville Metro area.

OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES
•   Since Sacred Heart Schools is fully accredited as an IB district, the new principal will be expected
    to coordinate, monitor, lead, and evaluate the best practices in IB teaching and learning.
•   The next principal will need to fully embrace the inclusive Ursuline mission and represent the
    Ursuline values of nurturing the intellectual, moral, spiritual, and social growth of every student.
•   Marketing the value proposition of a Sacred Heart Academy education to the greater community will
    be an expectation for the next principal.
•   The next principal will need to support and promote diversity, equity, and inclusion among the
    school’s faculty and staff.
•   Working in partnership with the president and the board of trustees, the principal will need to envision
    strategies that will promote a climate of acceptance and outreach for a more diverse and inclusive
    student body.

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DESIRED QUALITIES AND QUALIFICATIONS
The principal holds primary responsibility for providing personal and visible leadership for the faculty,
staff, students, and families on the mission of the school and will be involved with the development and
implementation of a strategic, long-term plan that is consistent with both that mission and the vision of
Sacred Heart Schools. The principal is responsible for personnel management including recruiting and
supporting highly qualified faculty and staff. This position ensures the ongoing development of rigorous
academic standards, works collaboratively with the administrative team, and is an integral part of the
planning, managing, and monitoring of the annual budget.

Experience as a teacher and Catholic school principal is preferred as is a doctorate in education or
related field. An advanced degree is required. The candidate must hold or be eligible for certification in
the state of Kentucky.

Specific qualities and characteristics for the next principal include:

•   A practicing Catholic who is passionate about Catholic education.
•   Devoted servant leader who embraces diversity, equity, and inclusion and instills a sense of
    belonging.
•   Strong educator who is familiar with IB programs and who can empower faculty to grow.
•   Strong communicator who can build community.
•   Collaborative leader who can unite the faculty and students with a passion for “Valkyrie Pride.”
•   Encouraging and inspirational role model for young women.
•   Approachable, visible, and compassionate administrator.

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TO APPLY
Interested and qualified candidates should submit electronically in one email and as separate documents
(preferably PDFs) the following materials:

•   A thoughtful, targeted cover letter expressing their interest in this particular position;
•   A current résumé;
•   A one-page statement of educational philosophy and practice;
•   A list of five professional references with name, phone number, and email address of each (references
    will not be contacted until a serious mutual interest is established and not without the candidate’s
    permission) to:

Barbara Daush
Senior Consultant
barbara.daush@carneysandoe.com

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