Our Mission

Since 1800, when St. Madeleine Sophie Barat founded the Society of the Sacred Heart in France, Religious of the Society of the Sacred Heart and lay Sacred Heart educators have carried out her imperative of educational excellence. Today, the Network of Sacred Heart schools is an association of 22 Catholic schools across the United States and nearly 150 schools internationally. Independent yet united in spirit and purpose, the international community of Schools of the Sacred Heart believes in educating the whole child, and preparing her to live fully and wisely. At the core of the Sacred Heart education the Goals and Criteria are the principles that express the intentions and hopes of our 200-year tradition.

Carrollton's culture and identity are bound inextricably to the vision set forth in the Goals of Sacred Heart Schools. These values form the moral compass that influence the choices made within our community. Learning to draw upon these values during their school days, Carrollton graduates become women of conviction, courage and confidence.

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

    1. Rooted in the love of Jesus Christ, the school promotes a personal relationship with God and fosters the spiritual lives of its members.
    2. The school seeks to form its students in the attitudes of the heart of Jesus expressed in respect, compassion, forgiveness and generosity.
    3. The entire school program explores one’s relationship to God, to self, to others, and to all creation.
    4. 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.
    5. 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.
    6. The school fosters inter-religious acceptance and dialogue by educating to an understanding of and deep respect for the religions of the world.
    7. The school presents itself to the wider community as a Christ-centered institutionand as an expression of the mission of the Society of the Sacred Heart.

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  • GOAL II: Schools of the Sacred Heart commit themselves to educate to a deep respect for intellectual values.

    1. The school develops and implements a curriculum based on the Goals and Criteria, educational research and ongoing evaluation.
    2. The school provides a rigorous education that incorporates all forms of critical thinking and inspires a life-long love of learning.
    3. The school program develops aesthetic values and the creative use of the imagination.
    4. The faculty utilizes a variety of teaching and learning strategies that recognizes the individual needs of the students.
    5. The school provides ongoing professional development for faculty and staff.
    6. Members of the school community model and teach ethical and respectful use of technology.

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  • GOAL III: Schools of the Sacred Heart commit themselves to educate a social awareness which impels to action.

    1. 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.
    2. The school offers all its members opportunities for direct service and advocacy and instills a life-long commitment to service.
    3. The school is linked in a reciprocal manner with ministries among people who are poor, marginalized and suffering from injustice.
    4. In our multicultural world, the school prepares and inspires students to be active, informed, and responsible citizens locally, nationally, and globally.
    5. The school teaches respect for creation and prepares students to be stewards of the earth’s resources.

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  • GOAL IV: Schools of the Sacred Heart commit themselves to educate to the building of community as a Christian value.

    1. The school implements an ongoing plan for educating both adults and students in the heritage and mission of Sacred Heart education.
    2. The school promotes a safe and welcoming environment in which each person is valued, cared for and respected.
    3. Adult members of the school model and teach skills needed to build community and practice clear, direct and open communication.
    4. The school has programs that teach the principles of nonviolence, conflict resolution and peacemaking.
    5. The school makes a deliberate effort to recruit students and employ faculty and staff of diverse races, ethnicities and backgrounds.
    6. The financial aid program effectively supports socioeconomic diversity.
    7. The school participates actively in the national and international networks of Sacred Heart schools.

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  • GOAL V: Schools of the Sacred Heart commit themselves to educate to personal growth in an atmosphere of wise freedom

    1. All members of the school community show respect, acceptance and concern for themselves and for others.
    2. School policies and practices promote self-discipline, responsible decision-making, and accountability.
    3. Students grow in self-knowledge and develop self-confidence as they learn to deal realistically with their gifts and limitations.
    4. School programs provide for recognizing, nurturing and exercising leadership in its many forms.
    5. The school provides opportunities for all members of the community to share their knowledge and gifts with others.
    6. All members of the school community take personal responsibility for balance in their lives and for their health and well-being.

Our History

Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart began in 1961 but its original inspiration goes back several months prior to opening day. The founding of Carrollton is actually the fruit of a confluence of events which helped to shape the history of the City of Miami and the Society of the Sacred Heart both in the United States and in Cuba. Those events, which converged then, may now seem clear and connected but during the months in which they occurred, no one could have foretold the ultimate outcome. The events involve alumnae of the Sacred Heart living in Miami in the late '50's and early '60's, the creation of the Diocese of Miami and the expulsion of the Religious of the Sacred Heart from our schools in Havana and Santiago in Cuba.

The current Archdiocese of Miami was actually formed in 1958 when a decision was made to divide Florida and the newly formed diocese was to be Miami. Bishop Coleman Carroll was named the first bishop. It is the bishop's responsibility to build and form the diocese. Bishop Carroll invited several religious congregations whom he knew to make foundations in Miami. The Religious of the Sacred Heart were among those invited. Before this invitation could be issued, alumnae from Sacred Heart schools and colleges throughout the United States who were living in Miami wondered if there might be a chance to have a school of the Sacred Heart in the new diocese. Simultaneously, as the situation in Cuba worsened the leadership of the Society of the Sacred Heart in Rome began to plan for the probable loss of schools and the subsequent need to re-locate the Religious. Sadly, such a step was not the first time the Society of the Sacred Heart faced probable expulsion due to unfriendly governments. As alumnae from Cuba began to arrive in Miami, it was a question of time when their desires for a school would unite with the desires of the American alumnae and begin to tug at the hearts of the Religious of the Sacred Heart.

All of these factors converged when the schools in Cuba were finally confiscated and the religious escaped to Florida. Greeting them was Reverend Mother Agnes Barry who represented the Vicars and Superior General of the Society of the Sacred Heart. Bishop Carroll echoed the requests of alumnae that a Sacred Heart School be founded in Miami as soon as possible. And so as all of these people united in prayer, Mother Barry agreed to send a formal request to the Mother House in Rome and the return telegram on July 13, 1961 simply said "Oui."

Then the work began in earnest to find a proper home for the future of the Sacred Heart in Miami. Assisted by Sacred Heart alumnae such as Mrs. O’Neil and Mrs. Ledo, the Religious began a search for an appropriate property for the school. Mother Malin Craig, treasurer of the Vicariate, and Mother Clare McGowan, Director of Studies joined Reverend Mother Barry and the work of finding students and designing a program began.

El Jardin became the absolute choice when Mother Barry saw the poem carved in the arches about the pool..."One is nearer God's Heart in a garden than anywhere else on earth." Although classes in September were temporarily prevented from occurring in El Jardin, neither lack of the necessary financing nor the absence of city authorization discouraged the alumnae and religious. Classes proceeded in people’s homes, and finally on November 1, 1961 the City Commissioners unanimously agreed that the El Jardin estate on Main Highway could become the site of Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart. Classes opened in El Jardin in January.

Since that time Carrollton has mirrored the growth and evolution of Miami. Today we enjoy a multi-lingual, multi-cultural community of students, parents and faculty from all over the world. Like all of the other Schools of the Sacred Heart across the world, Carrollton focuses on the total education of the student. Her spiritual, intellectual, physical and emotional growth remains at the center of the educational mission.

Once housed solely in the original estate home, El Jardin, the school now enjoys two campuses, Barat and Duchesne. At Barat, the Barry Building at Barat was added in 1969 and underwent renovations which were completed in 2008. Founders Library and the Science/Technology Hall were completed in 2007. The Intermediate Pavilion completed in 2009 provides science labs and humanities classrooms for the fourth, fifth and sixth graders. The second campus (Duchesne) was acquired in 1991. Rose Hall and Meli’s Hall which include science labs, state of the art classrooms and an assembly space were completed in 2005 for the Junior High. The Montessori and Primary cottages have been renovated and include smart technology.

Most recently, in 2014 the new Wellness Center was opened as a teaching facility and sports complex for the Carrollton community.

Diversity Statement

Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart is committed to developing young women who will shape a world in which all people respect and appreciate their common humanity and celebrate diversity. Because diversity of all kinds is experienced in many different ways, students are encouraged to explore the rich cornucopia of cultures, interests, and perspectives around them at Carrollton.

It is only through expanding one's awareness of others that one can truly understand oneself. Students gain this understanding through a spectrum of clubs and forums, an international and global experience afforded through both the curriculum and a school community, which values the concept of tolerance and inclusion.

Cœur de Jésus

Cœur de Jésus, sauvez le monde;
Que l’univers Vous soit soumis;
En Vous seul notre espoir se fonde,
Seigneur, Seigneur, Vous nous l’avez promis.

Vous l’avez dit: Votre promesse
Fait notre espoir, notre bonheur
“Je bénirai dans ma tendresse
Les enfants de mon Sacré Cœur.”
"For the sake of one child, I would have founded the Society."
-Saint Madeleine Sophie Barat