Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy

440 St. Katherine Dr.
La Canada Flintridge, CA 91011
Tel: 626-685-8521
  • The education is strong and the bonds of community are lasting at Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy.
  • Love, respect and compassion are the underpinnings which support the people, the place and the programs that make us who we are.
  • For 85 years, the Dominican Sisters and their colleagues have nurtured the dreams, intellectual curiosity and goals of young women in a quiet yet powerful way.
  • We celebrate the achievements of the thousands of young women who have passed through our doors and look with hope to the many young women who come to share the joys of our Flintridge Sacred Heart family.
  • FSHA supports an atmosphere where cultural, ethnic and economic diversity are prized, where academic challenge is expected, and where the Dominican philosophy governing the Catholic education is lived, a philosophy that recognizes the intrinsic worth of each person.
  • The school has not wavered in its commitment to values, women`s dignity and equality, cultural diversity, or to single-gender college preparatory education.
  • This unique balance of academic excellence and moral integrity is the foundation of "the Flintridge experience.".

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Definition of Terms 
2016 School Data
Flintridge Sacred Boarding School Avg.
School Focus College Prep College Preparatory
Grades Offered 9-12 9-12
School Type All-girls Co-ed
Supports Learning Differences (LD) Yes Yes
Religious Affiliation Catholic Non-denominational
Year Founded 1931 1910
Campus Size 41 acres 110 acres

Student Body

Enrollment 385 students 298 students
% Students of Color
% International Students
% Students Boarding
Average SAT Score n/a * National Avg. »View
Average ACT score 26 *National Avg. » View
Offers Post-Grad Year No No

Academics and Faculty

Saturday Classes No No
Classroom Dress Code Formal
(Red jacket and plaid skirt)
Average Class Size 18 students 12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio 1:10 1:7
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered 29 16
ESL Courses Offered No Yes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
Summer Program Offered Yes Yes


Endowment Size $12 million
(FSHA maintains a variety of scholarship endowments)
$16 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$52,500 $51,700
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$23,600 $28,500
% Students on Financial Aid
Avg. Financial Aid Grant $9,700 $21,582
Merit Scholarships Offered Yes No


Application Deadline Feb. 1 / rolling Jan. 15
Accepts Standardized Application Yes No
SSAT Required No Yes
Acceptance Rate
Director of AdmissionsKristen Mariotti

Course Listings

List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered 29 16
CoursesAdvanced English I, Art History, Biology, Calculus AB, English Language and Composition, English Literature and Composition, Environmental Science, European History, French Language, Honors Chemistry, Honors English II, Honors French III, Honors Physics, Honors Spanish III, Music Theory, Psychology, Spanish Language, Studio Art: 2-D Design, Studio Art: Drawing, United States Government and Politics, United States History


# Interscholastic Sports Offered 12 14
SportsBasketball, Cross Country, Diving, Equestrian, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Water Polo


Total Extracurricular Organizations 29 23
ExtracurricularsAcademic Decathlon, Alpha Sigma Mu (Science Club), Ambassadors Club, Amnesty International Club, Art Club, Associated Student Body, Black Student Union, Boarding Council, C'est la Vie (French Club), California Scholarship Federation, Christian Action Movement, Class Officers, ComedySportz, Debate Club, Feminist Action Movement, La Vanguardia (Spanish Club), Living in Faith Experience (LIFE'rs), Mu Alpha Theta (Honors Math Club), Multicultural Club, National Honor Society, National Junior Classical League, Saltatrix Dance Companies, Speech & Debate Team, Students Against Destructive Decisions, Theatre Club,

College Matriculation

Year: 2012 - 2016 10 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
University of California at Los Angeles 28
University of Southern California 18
Loyola Marymount University 16
University of San Diego 15
Southern Methodist University 12
Texas Christian University 11
University of Arizona 11
Boston University 10
University of San Francisco 10
University of Oregon 9
Link to Matriculation Data

School Notes

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  • Academic excellence is the core of FSHA, and the school`s broad curriculum prepares graduates well for their journey into higher education.
  • As with virtually all FSHA alumnae, 100% of the Class of 2016 are attending college. These talented young women were the recipients of many academic, athletic and leadership scholarships at a variety of universities and colleges throughout the country.
  • Students at each grade level participate in spiritual retreats led by adult and trained peer counselors, and include one- and two-day retreats for underclasswomen, a four-day retreat to Catalina Island for juniors, and two days of prayer and a four-day Kairos retreat for seniors.
  • Students are trained as peer leaders in the Campus Ministry Leadership Team, as Journey leaders and as Kairos leaders, all of whom help lead retreats.
  • The Visual and Performing Arts program has, from the school`s inception, always been a vital part of the FSHA curriculum. In addition to being able to select from a wide variety of arts classes, students present a full-scale musical production each year, plus a drama or comedy on the alternate semester.
  • Members of the school`s dance companies, and participants in all dance classes, stage a dance concert in the spring of each year, featuring FSHA dancers and student choreography. Dance students also perform in the annual musical.
  • Four musical recitals are held each year to showcase piano, chamber music, orchestra, advanced music and the contemporary band. Student musicians may also play for school liturgies, the student musical and at graduation.
  • Art students display their work at the annual art show while also contributing their talents by helping produce backdrops for theatrical productions and illustrating the school`s literary magazine.
  • The school believes that the opportunity for participation in selected athletic activities is a vital part of the educational experience.
  • Freshmen must take a full year of physical education/health, but all students are encouraged to try out for a team. Consistently, well over 70% of the student body in any given year participates in athletics.
  • Leadership opportunities within clubs keep our students busy. Time is set aside each week for members to meet and plan activities.
  • FSHA is home to approximately 60 boarding students, many of whom are international students who travel a considerable distance to attend. All boarding students will find a safe, structured, nurturing and caring environment that provides a truly global learning experience that contributes to the character of the school.
  • Weekend life in the boarding halls is bustling! FSHA is close to Pasadena, which boasts many excellent retail stores, restaurants and movie theaters, as well as museums and cultural landmarks. The activities director plans a special monthly activity, ranging from visiting local ski resorts, enjoying some of Southern California`s finest beaches, shopping at the outlets in the desert city of Palm Springs or having fun at a nearby amusement park, such as Disneyland, Universal Studios, Knott's Berry Farm or Magic Mountain.
  • The Director of Boarding Students and supervisors live with the students in the boarding halls and ensure that school attendance, meal times, study hours and curfews are followed. Dominican Sisters reside in the same building and interact with the students daily.
  • Approximately 25% of the Academy`s student body receives some form of scholarship or financial aid. During the 2016-17 academic year, $1,000,000 was awarded in financial aid to qualified students.
  • Additionally, between four and six incoming freshmen who demonstrate outstanding achievement in academics, entrance exam results, co-curricular activities, service to school and community, and based on teacher/principal recommendations receive merit scholarships ranging from $2,000 to $8,000.
  • The original mission-style buildings, which were designed in 1927 by noted Southern California architect Myron Hunt, overlook the San Gabriel Valley and the Pasadena Rose Bowl from the crest of the San Rafael hills.
  • School accreditations: WASC, CAIS, NCEA, Members of NAIS, WCEA
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