WHY AN ALL GIRLS' SCHOOL

We believe that single-sex education is not merely a matter of separating girls and boys. It’s about making sure girls take center stage, while drawing upon all that we know about the way they grow and learn. It’s not just the classroom. It’s the combination of the community, the culture and the climate girls’ schools offer that makes for such a transformative experience.

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Welcome from the Sisters

Academic excellence is at the core of Flintridge Sacred Heart, and the school’s broad curriculum thoroughly prepares graduates for their journey into higher education. They become scholars, athletes, writers, visual and performing artists, and leaders within their communities. Our girls take risks, try new things and accept challenges within the safe environment of FSHA. As a result, they learn to succeed and fail with dignity and grace, ultimately discovering their special talents and unique gifts.
 
Our dedicated faculty and staff recognize the inner beauty and individual potential of each teenage girl. Over the course of her four high school years, she realizes the fullness of who she is becoming by finding her own unique voice. Here, the Dominican charism governing our Catholic education is bold and vibrant – a philosophy that recognizes the intrinsic worth of each person.

We encourage you to visit our campus during the admissions process and speak with students and faculty and to experience for yourself the distinctive spirit that is Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy.

Sister Carolyn McCormack, O.P.
President

Sister Celeste Marie Botello, O.P.
Principal

Perks of an All-Girls' School

By Tania Mouchamel '15 (pictured on the right)

When I began college this year at UCLA, something felt very strange and new. For a while, I couldn’t quite put my finger on it, and then I realized “Wait! There are boys here!” 

"My experience at an all girls school is something I will cherish forever; the support, the solicitude, and the sisterhood will all stay with me forever. And I know that anytime I go back to visit, I’ll feel just as welcome."
Certainly, there are benefits of the co-educational school system, but there is also something very special and unique about going to an all-girls high school like Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy.

Read more about Tania's experience at Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy, an all-girls high school on our blog!

Students & Teachers on the Benefits of an All-Girls' School

Girls' School Advantage: By the Numbers

Catholic All-Girls Schools: How to Develop Strong Church Leaders

By Ms. Kristina Ortega, religion teacher at FSHA

A few years ago, when Sr. Celeste Botello, FSHA's principal, interviewed me for the position of twelfth grade religion teacher, she asked me why I wanted to teach at a Catholic all-girls school. I told her that, as a product of a Catholic all girls high school, I believed in the mission of girls’ schools forming confident leaders who know themselves and are sure of their own voices. The six years I spent as a student in an all-girls school were foundational to who I am today and the way I see the world and interact with those around me. As an educator and an alumna of an all-girls school, I have been asked many times about the benefits of a single-sex education.

Kristina Ortega
Ms. Ortega delivered the reflection during mass celebrating the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.

My answers have always centered around academic studies and my own anecdotal evidence about the benefits girls receive from being in single gender classrooms especially in STEM classes. Recently, though, I have begun to approach this question from a new perspective. I don’t just think about why all-girls schools are important. I want to explore why CATHOLIC all-girls schools are important. CATHOLIC all-girls high schools provide a place for young women to grow in their faith, find their voice and explore and define the future roles of women in a historically patriarchal church.

I can think of no better training ground for leadership within our church than the classrooms and halls of a Catholic all-girls school.
In a July 2013 statement to the press Pope Francis, after being asked about women in the church, stated that a “Church without women cannot be understood ... She can only do this or that, now she is an altar server, then she does the reading, she is president of Caritas. But there is more!” But what is that more?! Continue reading on FSHA's blog.

On the Hill ...

"Flintridge Sacred Heart has made me unafraid to use my voice. In a comfortable setting, I've gained what many young women in the world lack: empowerment." —Laura Allan '11

Admissions Staff

List of 3 members.

  • Kristen Mariotti 

    Director of Admission and Enrollment Management
    626-685-8522
  • Analise Gay 

    Admissions Coordinator
    626-685-8521
  • Bridgit Johnston 

    Assistant Director of Admissions
    626-685-8333
Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy is an all girls' Catholic, Dominican, independent, college-preparatory day and boarding high school in the hills of La Cañada Flintridge. Overlooking Pasadena, FSHA educates girls from Los Angeles, Southern California and around the world for a life of faith, integrity and truth. 

Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy

440 St. Katherine Drive
La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011
Phone: 626-685-8300

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