On the Hill ... the boarding hall is home.

The Hill is truly a home to approximately 60 boarders, who live in the same halls that FSHA’s first students inhabited in 1931. In this home away from home, boarders develop strong bonds during monthly birthday dinners, retreats and so much more, while also taking advantage of all that Southern California has to offer.

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The Boarding Hall

Boarders live in the same halls that the FSHA’s first students inhabited in 1931, eating in the Dining Room alongside the Sisters and socializing on the Patio that predates the school. Current boarders come from locations across the United States, Canada, Mexico, China, Taiwan, Korea, Thailand, Hong Kong, Singapore, Mongolia and Russia.

boarding hall life
Inside the boarding hall
The boarding halls consist of 23 rooms, with two to three girls sharing each room. The director of boarding students fosters interaction among students from different cultures by assigning them together as roommates. Every room is equipped with wireless Internet, bed, a chest of drawers, a bookcase, desk and chair for each student, a shared walk-in closet, one private bathroom per bedroom (with a shower and bathtub), lockers for valuables, lighted ceiling fans and heaters.

dining in the boarding hall
The dining hall at FSHA
The dorms have changed over the years, with students now able to take advantage of features such as a Wii, a karaoke machine, ping-pong and air-hockey tables, and fully equipped exercise and laundry room. 

Explore Southern California

On the weekend, boarders are encouraged to take advantage of all that Southern California has to offer, including theme parks, beaches, shopping malls, libraries, museums and a multitude of diverse restaurants. Students can also spend weekend with their day student friends, and special birthday dinners, celebrations and events involving faculty and board members are held throughout the year.

Boarding outing to Cars Land

FSHA is close to Pasadena and Glendale, which offer some of the best retail stores, restaurants and movie theaters — as well as museums and cultural landmarks — in Southern California. Students may also visit the many amusement parks close to FSHA, such as Universal Studios, Disneyland, Knotts Berry Farm and Magic Mountain. In addition, monthly activities are arranged by the boarding program to take the girls to several Southern California beaches, outlet shops and local ski resorts. The Metro system provides easy access to downtown Los Angeles so the students can visit its concert halls, museums and restaurants.

Organized by the boarding council, past trips have included:
Broadway play at the Pantages Theatre

Health & Safety

Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy takes the welfare and care of its boarding students seriously. Our commitment to the safety of the students includes 24-hour supervision by the boarding staff, security officers and surveillance cameras.

Boarding Supervisor Melissa Reynolds chats with two boarding students

All visitors must be pre-approved and announced before arrival. Students must sign in and out with the supervisor on duty. All guests must be approved by the parent and able to provide legal identification in order to take a boarding student off campus. FSHA also has a full-time nurse on campus everyday. In addition, local hospitals are located very close to the campus.

Academic Support

We offer a writing and grammar intensive course for our new international students. This course has two purposes: to support the students in the classes with an emphasis on the use of English, such as English and biology; and to offer basic support for increasing English skills, in both reading and writing. 

boarding academic support

FSHA also offers United States History and American Government courses for international students. These rigorous college-prep classes offer students who have had little or no prior instruction in U.S. history or the workings of American government with an environment in which they can develop knowledge of these subjects. The application of ideas and philosophies is similar to other U.S. history courses.

With faculty living in the boarding hall, students also receive individual tutoring and support.

Boarding Faculty

Our energetic and caring boarding faculty supervise our boarding students in their daily lives by ensuring their health and safety, assisting with studies, driving students on outings or to athletic practices and events.

List of 7 members.

  • Katie Steele 

    Director of Residential Life
  • Stefani Collier 

    World Language Teacher (French) / Associate Director of Residential Life
  • Laura Hansen 

    Residential Life / English Teacher
  • Samantha Herrick 

    Residential Life / Resident Assistant
  • Anoosh Hovanessian 

    Residential Life / Boarding Supervisor
  • Melissa Reynolds 

    Residential Life / Boarding Supervisor
  • Michele Stephens 83

    School Nurse
    626-685-8544 or 685-8439
I am grateful for the warm and loving school community that surrounds the boarding students. The welcoming atmosphere definitely helps every one of us feel at home. —Rina Battulga '17

Admissions Staff

List of 3 members.

  • Kristen Mariotti 

    Director of Admission and Enrollment Management
  • Analise Gay 

    Admissions Coordinator
  • Bridgit Johnston 

    Assistant Director of Admissions
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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