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Faith and Service


Catholic Identity

Founded by the Ursuline Sisters in 1924, Sacred Heart Model School remains committed to our Catholic foundation and the Ursuline Core Values of Community, Reverence, Service and Leadership. Each day begins with prayer. Students attend Mass and/or prayer services every week, most often in the 100-year-old Motherhouse Chapel. Religion curriculum, including sacramental preparation, is offered from a Catholic perspective. Though firm our Catholic roots, SHMS welcomes students of all faiths. Nearly half of our students identify as practicing a faith tradition other than Catholicism, indicative of our respect for the beliefs and traditions of our entire community.



Service Learning

Our student stewardship program, “Students Helping Many Succeed” (SHMS), offers an opportunity for each grade level to focus on a community need, leaving a positive mark on all those impacted while empowering students with a desire to seek change. Below are just a few examples of recent stewardship projects.


Level One: Environmental stewardship; green initiatives and beautification projects
Level Two: Feeding the hungry; organizing the SHMS canned food drive for area food banks
Level Four: Support for visually-impaired community members
Level Seven: Service to refugees and the homeless