Frequently Asked Questions
I hear of Catholic schools closing elsewhere. Will Sacred Heart stay open?
The bishop of the Diocese of Marquette, Bishop John Doerfler, is committed to growing the nine Catholic schools in our diocese. To that end we are implementing a Catholic liberal arts (classical) curriculum. We have a dedicated, committed team of staff, teachers, parents, and volunteers, and enrollment continues to rise, from 27 students in 2012-2013 to our current enrollment of 63!
Are the teachers certified?
Our staff consists of professionals which include the principal, five teachers, one aide, librarian, secretary, and a custodian. Our teachers hold current Michigan teaching certificates. Sacred Heart School was formerly run by the Sisters of St. Joseph, but due to the decrease in religious vocations they have not been at the school since the winter of 2001.
Is there tuition assistance?
Tuition assistance is available to qualified families through scholarships and sponsorships. To accommodate you, the school has three payment options. Pay one lump sum, two payments, or make ten monthly payments, which can be automatically withdrawn. No child will be turned away because of a family’s inability to pay.
How strong are the school’s finances?
The Endowment Fund was established in 1996 to provide perpetual financial support to the school. Yearly payments come from the interest earned by the fund. The fund contributes about 25% of the school’s revenue budget each year. Through growth of principal and additional gifts the fund continues to grow.
What about volunteering?
Students of active parents get better grades. Involved parents are needed in any school, especially for things like recess duty. Fundraisers are for families to play a part in supporting the child’s education.
What about the sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Communion?
A solid foundation of Christian moral values is instilled through participation in Mass, daily prayer, and grade-appropriate religious education. All aspects of sacramental preparation are taught here at the school, and our students receive the sacraments in joint celebrations with the church’s public school students who have been prepared at weekly faith formation classes.
Do you have to be Catholic to send your child to Sacred Heart?
While the school strives to maintain its Catholic identity, all faiths are welcome to be a part of our Christ-centered atmosphere.
What about uniforms?
Sacred Heart School has a uniform policy that serves many purposes. Students learn from uniforms that everyone is equal in the eyes of God and that their individual uniqueness does not come from material items. Uniforms also help students to express their individuality in lasting, personal ways. Because all students are dress similarly, they do not have to try to fit in by branding themselves with clothing. They already fit in and have a sense of belonging. Thus, our students are able to grow and be formed into the best versions of themselves. Finally, far too much of today’s trendy clothing tends toward immodesty. Uniforms help students to learn that they are special and their bodies are temples of God, not objects for the gaze of others.
Do you offer sports, music, and the arts?
While we don’t yet have sufficient enrollment to field our own teams, our students have the opportunity to participate in community elementary sports programs such as basketball, Little League, figure skating, and hockey. We have our own art and music classes taught at Sacred Heart School along with preparation for Christmas and spring concerts. Middle school children have the option to attend band classes at L’Anse High School and to participate in junior high sports (basketball, football, cheerleading, and volleyball) through a cooperative agreement with L’Anse Area Schools.