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Sacred Heart Academy in Hamden offers special programs, unique experiences

It started on New Haven's Green Street 70 years ago. Since then, it has grown into a high school representing 85 towns in Connecticut. 

Sacred Heart Academy in Hamden is a thriving parochial school, and the girls there are setting out to change the world. 

From the start in 1946, when it was a class of just 17 girls, Sacred Heart Academy has been dedicated to the education of the whole person. 

"We believe in education of the mind, heart, and soul, and many of these girls, they are so talented," said Sister Shelia O'Niell. 

Sister O'Neill wanted to make sure those talents were supported and encouraged, not only with a rigorous and Catholic curriculum, but a true dedication to the arts, one of Sacred Heart's oldest traditions.

"I tell the girls all the time, at Sacred Heart Academy, we work hard, but we play hard too," O'Neill said.

For students like senior Maddie Brenchak, the theater program provided a breakthrough.

"As a freshman I was super shy, I didn't want to go out of my comfort zone in any way. But by being here and having such motivational teachers, students and upperclassmen, I have felt like they are pushing me to my best self," Maddie said.

"We don't have a cookie cutter example of what a Sacred Heart girl is - they are all different," O'Neill said. 

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