The historic Academy of the Sacred Heart is one of New Orleans’ oldest and most beloved educational institutions. Founded in 1886, by the Society of the Sacred Heart, the school is located on 4521 St. Charles Street in the French Quarter. Part of the Sacred Heart Schools Network, this all-girls private school was founded by the Society of the Sacred Heart, a Roman Catholic teaching order founded in 1800 in France.
Originally housed in a Greek revival mansion built in 1847, the student body eventually outgrew this space and a new building was commissioned. The old building was demolished, with only a grand wrought iron fountain topped with a swan that is still in use today. Designed by New Orleans architects Diboll and Owen, the new school building was Colonial Revival in style and was dedicated in 1900. The stunning red brick building is a welcoming sight to visitors who enter through the wrought-iron gate and overhanging trees. The Sacred Heart chapel on campus is a popular venue for weddings. If you look around on a tour of the chapel, you will see the Kilgen organ, opus 4926 that was installed around 1932.
Since its opening at the beginning of the 20th century, the building has undergone three expansions, most recently in 1996. In 2002 the Board of Trustees for the school purchased a nearby property on St. Charles and Napoleon Avenues to meet the expanding needs of the students. In the fall of 2005 the Mater Admirabilis Campus opened, nearly doubling the size of the campus. Despite the effects of Hurricane Katrina, the Academy of the Sacred Heart continues to thrive in the heart of New Orleans. The school now has students ranging from pre-school to high school, and is known for its high standards and the excellent education it offers its student body.