Goals & Criteria

As a member of the Network of Sacred Heart Schools, Woodlands Academy commits itself to living the Goals and Criteria of Sacred Heart Schools.

The Goals and Criteria express the values and intentions of the Sacred Heart tradition and are the foundation for education at Woodlands and at every Sacred Heart school in the Network. The principles of the Goals and Criteria, lived dynamically from generation to generation, embrace change as an opportunity and as a starting point for transformation. They address issues in Sacred Heart education that have challenged students for more than 200 years: tradition and change; continuity and transformation; society and the individual. The Goals and Criteria challenge Sacred Heart alumnae, students, and faculty to appreciate their potential and to participate in the reshaping of society.

Sacred Heart Foundational Principles

  1. In the Goals and Criteria, the Society of the Sacred Heart defines the mission of the school as part of the Society's educational mission in the Catholic Church.
  2. Each school is accountable to the Society through the Sacred Heart Commission on Goals for adherence to the Goals and Criteria.
  3. Each school's Board of Trustees and Administration establish and uphold policies that are consistent with the Goals and Criteria.
  4. The school allocates its resources to support each Goal and its Criteria.
  5. The school is in compliance with professional standards as stated by accrediting agencies.

The Sacred Heart Goals and Criteria

Schools of the Sacred Heart commit themselves to educate to a personal and active faith in God.

Rooted in the love of Jesus Christ, the school promotes a personal relationship with God and fosters the spiritual lives of its members.

  1. The school seeks to form its students in the attitudes of the heart of Jesus expressed in respect, compassion, forgiveness and generosity.
  2. The entire school program explores one’s relationship to God, to self, to others, and to all creation.
  3. Opening themselves to the transforming power of the Spirit of God, members of the school community engage in personal and communal prayer, reflection and action.
  4. The entire school program affirms that there is meaning and value in life and fosters a sense of hope in the individual and in the school community.
  5. The school fosters inter-religious acceptance and dialogue by educating to an understanding of and deep respect for the religions of the world.
  6. The school presents itself to the wider community as a Christ-centered institution and as an expression of the mission of the Society of the Sacred Heart.

The school provides a rigorous education that incorporates all forms of critical thinking and inspires a life-long love of learning.