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Academy of the Sacred Heart, The Rosary
Global Mission Statement

Rooted in the spirituality of the Society of the Sacred Heart, the mission of global education at the Academy of the Sacred Heart New Orleans is to form students who are aware of their moral and ethical responsibilities in a globalized world and who respond with judicious social action—now and for a lifetime. To this end, global education serves as a pathway on which students come to discover and understand the world, its historical roots and current issues: political, social, cultural, environmental, spiritual, and economic. Global education develops capacities for critical thinking, expression of ideas, reverence of differences, and a consciousness of the interconnectedness of peoples and their integral relationship to the natural environment.

Commitment to global education is a clear mandate by the Network of Sacred Heart Schools as stated in the Goals and Criteria for Sacred Heart Schools in the United States and by the Society of the Sacred Heart as stated in the response to the General Chapter 2008 by the United States Province Assembly in the General Chapter 2008 Priorities (July 2009).

Goals and Criteria for Sacred Heart Schools in the United States

Schools of the Sacred Heart commit themselves to educate to…

Goal I: A personal and active faith in God

  • The entire school program explores one’s relationship to God, to self, to others, and to all creation. (1)
  • The school fosters inter-religious acceptance and dialogue by educating to anunderstanding of and deep respect for the religions of the world. (6)

Goal II: A deep respect for intellectual values

  • The school develops and implements a curriculum based on the Goals and Criteria, educational research and ongoing evaluation. (1)
  • The school provides a rigorous education that incorporates all forms of critical thinking and inspires a life-long love of learning. (2)
  • The school’s program develops aesthetic values and the creative use of the imagination. (3)

Goal III: A social awareness with impels to action

  • The school educates to a critical consciousness that leads its total community to analyze and reflect on the values of society and to act for justice. (1)
  • The school offers all its member opportunities for direct service and advocacy and instills a life-long commitment to service. (2)
  • The school is linked in a reciprocal manner with ministries among people who are poor, marginalized and suffering from injustice. (3)
  • In out multicultural world, the school prepares and inspired students to be active, informed, and responsible citizens locally, nationally, and globally. (4)
  • The school teaches respect for creation and prepares students to be stewards of the earth’s resources. (5)

Goal IV: The building of community as a Christian value

  • The school promotes a safe and welcoming environment in which each person is valued, cared for, and respected. (2)
  • The school has programs that teach the principles of nonviolence, conflict resolution, and peacemaking. (4)
  • The school makes a deliberate effort to recruit students and employ faculty and staff of diverse races, ethnicities, and backgrounds. (5)
  • The school participates actively in the national and international networks of Sacred Heart schools. (7)

Goal V: Personal growth in an atmosphere of wise freedom

  • All member of the school community show respect, acceptance, and concern for themselves and for others. (1)
  • School programs provide for recognizing, nurturing, and exercising leadership in its many forms. (4)
  • The school provides opportunities for all members of the community to share their knowledge and gifts with others. (5)
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