In Their Own Words

Our students and their families share what makes the boarding experience at Flintridge Sacred Heart special.

Lingyun Emilie Zhang '22, Residential Life Leadership Council President

I love all the teachers who have taught me and my friends here. I'm grateful for being surrounded by such an amazing group of people.
Claire Ding '21

List of 6 frequently asked questions.

Meet Ziling Coco Chen '24

You may wonder what it's like to attend attend an all-girls' high school and live with girls from the United States and around the world. Coco tells us a little bit about her experience at Flintridge Sacred Heart!

Coco and her parents

List of 8 frequently asked questions.

Its small class sizes and Catholic values have helped form her faith and encouraged [Joy] develop into a moral, committed and responsible person who is also an excellent student.
—Song Liu (Joy '19)

Meet the Wilson Family

We're excited to introduce you to Elizabeth '22, Katie '22, Victoria '22, and mom Trish Wilson! Originally from the suburbs outside of New York City, they share what they love about Flintridge Sacred Heart.

List of 7 frequently asked questions.

  • How did your family discover Flintridge Sacred Heart? What appealed to you about the school?

    Trish: Our family discovered Flintridge Sacred Heart while I was attending a Junior League member meeting. One of my fellow members began to sing the praises of the school. I explained that our family's choice was an all-girls' religious school. She began to tell me about the high ceilings and spacious bedrooms, the beautifully remodeled state of the art science lab, and the beautiful views from the hill. We discovered on our own the vast amount of extracurricular activities and clubs that are available to join. We also discovered that there are a significant number of sports teams, lots of theater opportunities, and endless creative outlets. My daughter has continued with her passion for knitting (my daughter Katie is the founder and President of Knitting with a View) by starting a club that makes scarves for the United States Army members.  The course selections, including AP and honors classes, prepare you for any college you chose. As a student living on campus, your options have no limitations. From dancing to swimming, from tennis to golf, there are so many passions and pursuits that one can choose from.
  • Tell us a little bit about your family and hometown. What do you do for fun as a family?

    Our hometown is a fairytale. There are many shops and restaurants to choose from. There are ponds and lakes to walk around. There is yoga in the park, annual festivals and parades. It resembles a Norman Rockwell painting. The people are friendly and everyone knows everyone. We enjoy roller skating, bike riding, playing tennis and performing in plays. Our hometown is not too far from New York City. Thus, you can drive into the city to enjoy a night of Broadway, see a game at the Garden, have a delightful dinner of sushi, and be back home within an hour. You wake up and see ducks in the pond and hear a rooster in the near distance, waking up the inhabitants of the farm.
  • Even though you are distance learning at this time, what aspects of Flintridge Sacred Heart do you like and miss the most?

    I cherish my relationships with my teachers. Although we are distance learning, the teachers have managed to make us still feel like we are in a classroom. We still feel connected as a group of like minded girls who are interested in learning. I miss meeting in the library with my friends, impromptu discussions, and movie night in the boarding hall and the omelet chef!

    Posing in their uniform polos
  • What aspects of the Flintridge Sacred Heart boarding program do the three of you enjoy or appreciate the most?

    While it would not have been a deal breaker, we were very pleased to discover that unlike other boarding schools our school has a full restroom in each boarding hall suite. Some boarding schools do not have bathtubs and you have to share one large restroom. In addition, there is a high level of security. The students' bedrooms are far away from the front door; a security guard is stationed at the front desk during school hours and the doors are locked in the evenings. Visitors must sign in every time they visit and there are security cameras inside and outside the hall. We appreciate that we have the support of the staff. Dr. James is always there if we need her.
  • What are you looking forward to the most when you move back on campus?

    We are very excited about being reunited with our friends and also being able to play sports again. Miss Shelby and Miss Sindy drive us to exciting places on the weekends; we are looking forward to our excursions again. The omelette chef on Sunday mornings is also a highlight that we miss. We miss traveling to the Ronald McDonald house in Pasadena, California, where we make breakfast for the parents whose children are undergoing cancer treatment.
  • What have you learned from living on the Hill at school?

    Katie: I learned that I am very neat and organized and I enjoy living among my friends. I also learned I am not a night owl and I am a very friendly person.

    Victoria: I learned that although we have always had our own room at home, I enjoy sharing the boarding hall room with my sisters. I also now know I am a night owl and an early bird. There are so many places to study in the boarding hall if you want privacy. The boarding hall has private study rooms.

    Elizabeth:  I learned that after water polo practice instead of getting into a car and driving home with wet hair, I can walk five minutes or less and be in my boarding hall room. I appreciate the proximity of the pool to the boarding hall. I also learned that the new and improved gym in the boarding hall is a great place to work out.
  • What advice would you give a prospective student for success in Flintridge Sacred Heart's residential life program?

    I would convey to a prospective student that if she chooses Flintridge Sacred Heart she will be making a sound and positive life changing choice. Her knowledge will expand, her new friendships will be for a lifetime and she will be supported and cared for by the boarding hall staff. The food is prepared fresh every day; there are healthy snacks provided and the omelet chef makes omelettes according to the students specifications. The accommodations and the activities are all top-notch. The boarding hall is in close proximity to classrooms, thus your walk will be very short. However, if you do want to walk there are so many areas on campus to do so. You will receive a first rate education and you will be more than prepared for your university studies. The school has a four-year Research Program that prepares students for college. The residence hall is very scenic and away from the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles.

    However, the school is close enough to Los Angeles so that you can partake in so many wonderful activities. The students have annual trips to Disneyland, Knotts Berry Farm, Universal Studios, and Six Flags.

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