On the hill ... we honor tradition.

With more than 85 years of history, FSHA abounds with traditions and events that celebrate the sisterhood of our students. Some of the most iconic traditions on the Hill have their roots in FSHA’s earliest days when FSHA was only a boarding school.

Tradition at FSHA

Red roses are a big part of the Flintridge Sacred Heart experience, representing the love and sisterhood that’s shared among the girls. At the Junior Ring ceremony each fall, seniors present their junior classmates with their new class rings – which are very similar to the rings worn by alumnae from the 1930s and 1940s – and receive a single red rose in return.

traditions at fsha
Students show off the class rings they recieved during Junior Ring Ceremony

The ritual repeats itself at Candle Rose at the end of the year, when seniors and juniors exchange lit candles and roses, symbolizing the transfer of wisdom and leadership to the younger class. Every senior who walks at Graduation carries a bouquet of red roses, and after the graduates sing the alma mater together for the last time as a class, they toss rose petals from their bouquets in the air to celebrate.

Other traditions include the Father Daughter Dance, Grandparents' Day, Mother Daughter Luncheon, sister lunches, Senior Brunch and
 Senior Toast.

traditions at FSHA
top: Spirit Week Assembly; bottom left: Candle Rose Mass; bottom right: Mother Daughter Communion Breakfast
“For me, FSHA was such a loving environment where I felt safe and could be myself.” —Michele Friese Stephens ‘83

Spirit Assembly Class Cheers

Senior Year Traditions

Running of the Seniors

At the end of each year, the senior class celebrates by running down the halls of the school and finishes off the tradition by jumping into the pool.

Senior Toast

The senior class president leads the Senior Toast over glasses of sparkling apple cider.

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
High School Office: 626-685-8300
Admissions: 626-685-8521

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