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Convent of the Sacred Heart

School rating 3.8 / 5 by

1 East 91st Street New York NY 10128 United States
Boarding
None to None
Day
PK to 12th
Gender
Girls only

Academic

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Convent of the Sacred (CSH) prepared me well for writing and english courses in college. I only did mediocre in english class in high school and when I got to college I excelled. CSH really emphasized the importance of analytic writing and the structure, style, and methods were drilled into me at an early age. The structure was reviewed regularly and our assignments in english history, and science in middle and high school forced us to practice and perfect these skills. However, CSH did not prepare me well for math and science. I went to Johns Hopkins University for college and began as an engineering major with a rigorous math and science heavy course load. I was far behind my peers in calculus, chemistry, and physics and it was difficult to get up to speed. The learning environment at CSH was excellent. Classes had about 15 people. Some of my classes had only 5! I always received a lot of attention from my teachers. They were always available for questions during class, after class, after school, or during free periods. There were also extra group help sessions after school especially for math and science. "Math lab" was held everyday after school and students could go to just work on homework or ask questions to the teacher hosting that session. CSH was the kind of learning environment in which teachers invested in the students. If I began to struggle in a class, often teachers came up to me and asked me "what happened on that last test?" or "do you need some extra help?" This is the opposite of what you see in most schools and it was a great experience to be in environment in which teachers cared about you.

College Counseling

I first made a list of colleges my junior year. I visited them and finalized....

Sample insights on college counseling

  • They have contacts at most of the major universities and feel perfectly comfortable picking up the phone and advocating for a student to get accepted somewhere they feel is a good fit for that student. However, these counselors are certainly not magic bullets. They cannot guarantee that a student will get into an Ivy League university...
  • For those wishing to move on to Oxford or Cambridge, the provision is second-to-none. In the months running up to application and interview, every subject faculty offers classes (often run by former Oxbridge tutors) exploring further areas of their subject as well as offering advice on personal statements, interview technique and more...

Admissions - Getting Accepted

In 9th grade we got about 25 new people. About 15 people had left after....

Sample insights on admissions

  • For the interview, dress conservatively. Try to be very clean and put together. Also, I was a tour guide for two years and at the end of every tour, we were asked to evaluate the candidate so if you think the tour is not apart of the process, you are very wrong. Ask questions and be interested. Also, tip for the parents: the kids speak on the tour. Do not ask their questions for them...
  • Most younger siblings have an easy time in the admissions process. I can only think of one case of a younger sibling not being admitted. About half of the students who entered with me had come from public schools. The remainder came from private K-6 schools, or had transferred from other New York private schools The Elizabeth Morrow School and St. Bernard were two of the larger feeder schools...

School Life

I always felt supported by the deans, teachers, counsellors, coaches, and chaplains at Sacred Heart. It really felt like a family. These people were not only available to me if I needed help but they also reached out to me when I was struggling with various issues. The student-body is mainly white and rich. There were some minorities and students on scholarship (especially the new students admitted in 9th grade). The neighborhood surrounding the school (the Upper East side of Manhattan) is a very rich neighborhood. The teachers were mainly women, and more ethnically diverse than the students, but still....

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