List of 20 news stories.

  • Alumnae Reunion 2021

     
    Although the Alumnae Reunion took on a different shape this year, we are grateful for the opportunity to have gathered in-person this weekend, and would like to thank all the Alumnae who attended!
     
    We would like to make a special mention of those alums who were unable to travel or attend the gathering - know you were with us in spirit, and you remain in our thoughts and hearts. We especially remember those classmates who have passed. May their memory be a blessing to us all. 
     
    A recording of the beautiful liturgy celebrated by Fr. Vallee has been made available and can be viewed by clicking here
     
    We would also like to share the video montage featuring the Carrollton of today which can be viewed by clicking here
     
    Lastly, events such as the Reunion would not be possible without your generosity and support. We are grateful to all the Alumnae who have made a reunion gift thus far - your support has helped ensure Carrollton's ability to implement the resources necessary to offer in-person learning for most of the year, as well as assist those families who have had financial emergencies as a consequence of the pandemic. 

    There is still time to make a gift and support the Blue vs. Gold Reunion Giving Challenge!
    Can we count on you? Click here to give back today!


     
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  • In Memory of Mrs. Raquel Carvajal

    Carrollton faculty members honored the memory of their colleague, Raquel Carvajal, at St. Augustine’s 12:30 mass on February 18th. In his homily Father Vallee gave testament to her dedication as a teacher by recounting a well-known line from the story “A Man for All Seasons”. In the play Sir Thomas More, Chancellor of England to Henry VIII, advises Richard, an ambitious young friend, to be a teacher. Richard scoffs: “A teacher, who will know?” Thomas replies: “You will know. Your students will know, and God will know. Not a bad audience that!”

    Raquel shined among educators whose joy, fulfillment, admiration, and service to their profession are so well expressed in Thomas’ words. The Carrollton community prays for Raquel, her family, and all who have been so deeply affected by the pandemic crisis.
     
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  • Catholic Schools Week

    This past week we celebrated Catholic Schools Week alongside Catholic schools across the entire nation. Each day had a dedicated theme that was celebrated in all five of Carrollton's schools. They celebrated students, faculty, the nation, vocations and the community. From dressdown days, to homeroom activities and Zooms, to assembly visitors from the Vice Mayor of Coral Gables, and book readings and bible studies with the religious community members and faculty lunches, it was evident how special the Carrollton community is, and what a blessing Catholic education is. We are Sacred Heart!
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  • Andreanna Perez '21

    Carrollton Student's Poem Wins Award in the 2020 Ocean Awareness Contest

    Andreanna Perez '21 won the Distinguished Honorable Mention Award in the Poetry category in the 2020 Ocean Awareness Contest, a global competition sponsored by Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Programs that engages the youth in creatively raising awareness of environmental issues impacting our oceans. Andreanna was selected from approximately 5,300 participants from around the world, and will be feature in Bow's Seat international ocean advocacy gallery. She participated in the contest as a school project led by her science teacher, Ms. Mallory Gutek. You can read her award-winning piece here! Congratulations Andreanna!
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  • Left: Isabella Leano '20 ; Right: Anais Leitchling '21

    Carrollton Student and Alumna Host Their Annual Smash Cancer Tennis-a-Thon

    On Sunday, January 10th Carrollton alumna, Isabella Leano '20, and Carrollton student, Anais Leitchling '21, were published in the Miami Herald Sunday Neighbors section for their second annual Smash Cancer Tennis-a-Thon. 

    They co-founded their charity two years ago when they bonded over their love for tennis, and since then have raised $6,500 of their $10,000 goal. They weren't going to let the pandemic stop them from raising funds this year, so they played six consecutive hours instead of the 12 hours last year, and arranged to play alongside other junior players, club pros and even former touring tennis professionals. 

    Their Carrollton community is so proud of them for recognizing a need, and adapting to the world's circumstances to make sure they still have an opportunity to serve those needs. They hope Smash Cancer "serves as an opportunity to honor victims and support survivors in their journey to a well-balanced, healthy and fulfilling life."

    You can help too by donating at https://charity.gofundme.com/o/en/campaign/smash-cancer-tennis-a-thon, @SmashCancer_2020 and www.standuptocancer.org.
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  • Celebrate-ing Together: Run, Shop, and Give to Financial Aid

    Every year in January we gather together as one community of Christ's Heart to celebrate the founding of our school. We honor our rich history, we reflect on our present accomplishments and we look to the future with excitement and joy.
     
    Last year's Celebrate was a huge success thanks to your belief in, and support of, Carrollton's Financial Aid Program. With this success and the myriad of challenges we faced together as a community early this year, Carrollton was able to extend additional financial aid to families across all the grades that experienced unforeseen financial circumstances, allowing our students to seamlessly continue their Carrollton education uninterrupted. The 2020-2021 Academic Year is certainly a challenging one, but, as always, our community is rallying to meet those challenges.
     
    This year we are Celebrate-ing Together to Run, Shop and Give to Support Financial Aid! Our first two events (Run for Financial Aid and Shop for Financial Aid) were huge successes- THANK YOU!!
     
    Our final celebration will be our Give to Financial Aid: Virtual Celebrate on Friday, January 22nd. This will be followed by an early evening Mass on January 23rd at 5:30 p.m. on the bay. You must RSVP here.
     
    Become a Sponsor or Underwriter today and enjoy an abundance of benefits while also making a critical impact to Carrollton's Financial Aid Program. Also, make sure to register HERE so that you can view our exclusive, once-in-a-lifetime Carrollton Only auction offerings, coming soon!
     
    Thank you for supporting this year's Celebrate-ing Together events with us as we raise critical funds to support our financial aid program. Let us join together to overcome the obstacles of today, so that we may all Celebrate a future that is rich with opportunity.
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  • The Feast of St. Rose Philippine Duchesne

    Isabel Singletary
    The Feast of Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne might have looked a little different this year due to recommended health guidelines, yet it was celebrated with every bit of the Sacred Heart traditions held dear by students and adults alike.
    Grade Three performed a touching St. Philippine play under the aptly named Duchesne Oak with groups of parents in attendance, all masked and socially distant. The Intermediate girls enjoyed their cupcake goûter, and the entire school participated via live stream in the beautiful mass celebrated by Father Vallee from St. Hugh Catholic Church.
    The personal reflection on Saint Philippine given at the mass by a senior officer in campus ministry, Natalia Ruan ‘21, reminded everyone of St. Philippine’s courage and steadfastness. Her perseverance and humility overcame enormous obstacles to give rise to the Society of the Sacred Heart in the Americas. The example of her determination and unyielding faith can serve us all well during these times of uncertainty caused by the continuing health crisis. We join the rest of the Sacred Heart family in honoring her this November 18th.
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  • The Feast of Mater Admirabilis

    In October, we celebrate the Feast of Mater Admirabilis, a fresco which has captured the hearts of all Sacred Heart communities around the world for years. This fresco created by Pauline Perdrau, a young RSCJ, was once considered unappealing, but eventually became well known and praised. In fact, St. Madeleine Sophie Barat insisted that a rendering of the image be placed in every school around the world so that no matter what school in whatever part of the world you were in, once you enter a Sacred Heart school, Mater would welcome you home.
     
    This image of her portrays a youthful Mary with symbols of hope, dedication and purity which stem from her faith in and relationship with God. Students, alumnae and educators alike have benefitted for her daily presence, and their relationship with Mater deepens as they come to understand her more. Read Mrs. Heather Gillingham-Rivas’s reflection on Mater to understand how the intimate bond with Our Lady is a life-long gift students receive as members of the Sacred Heart community.
     
    This year our Carrollton celebration of Mater looked a little different with the view of an empty church as students and families live streamed mass from home, but we were still together in heart and mind. May Mater serve as our example, that in the midst of everything going on through this pandemic, that we have the peace, wisdom and patience of Mater to navigate through it all.
     
    Click here if you’d like to stream a recording of the all school Mater mass.
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  • Virtual Graduation for the Class of 2020

    On Thursday, August 30th, the Carrollton community came together to virtually honor the graduating class of 2020. Surrounded by their family at home and friends on their screens, they recognized the many accomplishments and obstacles their class overcame. Although not the ideal celebration, the senior class inspired us with their resilience, courage and grace to accept the things they cannot change. The ceremony still included many essential components, like speeches delivered by senior class members, Daniela Rabassa and Josephine Williams, which you can read below, as well as new touches like the presentation of the Senior Awards. These awards are known as the Plaque Awards, which are distinct honors that are typically published in the graduation program. Here are the recipients:

    Four Year Scholarship Award in Dance - Dibe Marie Di Gregorio
    Four Year Scholarship Award in the Visual Arts - Catherine Zurfluh
    Four Year Scholarship Award in English - Caroline Culmo
    Four Year Scholarship Award in English - Natalie Giustini
    Four Year Scholarship Award in History - Khushi Saigal
    Four Year Scholarship Award in French - Alessandra Diamond
    Four Year Scholarship Award in Mandarin - Caroline Culmo
    Four Year Scholarship Award in Spanish - Alexandra Von der Goltz
    Four Year Scholarship in Mathematics - Nina Paneque
    Four Year Scholarship Award in Religious Studies - Karina Mora
    Four Year Scholarship Award in Science - Marissa Montadas 
    Four Year Scholarship in Social Justice - Genevieve Barquet
    Four Year Scholarship Award in Robotics, Engineering & Comp. Science - Alexandra Von der Goltz
    The Natalie Papadam 2000 Carrollton Citizenship Award - Julia Sariol 
    The Alumnae Award - Ana Garcia Velez
    Janet Erskine Stuart Award for Academic Achievement - Natalia St. Hilaire-Brice
    Philippine Duchesne Faculty Award - Khushi Saigal
    St. Madeleine Sophie Barat Award for Academic Excellence - Gabriela Garity

    The Carrollton community is extremely proud of the class of 2020, and knows that they will continue to achieve great things in their next journey! We cannot wait to welcome them back home as alumnae! Congratulations to the class of 2020!

    Click HERE to read Upper School Director, Hillary Feerick-Hillenbrand's Speech
    Click HERE to read Daniela Rabassa's Graduation Speech
    Click HERE to read Josephine Williams' Graduation Speech
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  • Founders Society 2019-2020 - Thank You!

    Last week we celebrated our Founders. The Founders Society at Carrollton is a recognition program developed to honor and celebrate the commitment of our donors. Founders are leaders and visionaries whose generous leadership gifts are invested in the future of Carrollton. 
     
    Guided by the strength of our faith and community, their generosity continues to be a light in the darkness.
     
    THANK YOU
     
    If you would like to learn more about becoming a Founder or would like to make your Founders gift, click here or contact arepine@carrollton.org.
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  • To the Class of 2020

    Senior Class of 2020 Video

    Members of the Carrollton community created messages to the Class of 2020 which were compiled into a single video. You can see the video on the Carrollton Post YouTube channel here.


     
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  • Alumnae Reunion - Postponed

    As the coronavirus continues to affect our schools, communities and countries, Carrollton has decided to postpone the Alumnae Reunion Weekend scheduled for March 27-29. Please stay tuned and be assured that we will keep you updated as to a newly scheduled date. Read the image attached, and check your emails for more detailed information. 
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  • Blessing of the St. Rose Philippine Duchesne Statue

    Isabel Singletary
    On the morning of January 30th, a statue of Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne was unveiled to the Carrollton community and blessed in a beautiful ceremony led by Father Robert Vallee. In an alcove on the Duchesne campus, Philippine sits in contemplation at the center of the Rose Philippine Duchesne Prayer Garden. Her serene countenance and prayerful pose inspire all who visit as she holds her profession cross over her heart.

    The generous gift of the Settembrino family, this likeness of Philippine serves as an encouragement to our community to follow her example of such personal generosity, gratitude, and deep spirituality that she transcended the boundaries of her human failings and errors, never allowing herself to be distracted from her calling to make God’s love known in the Americas.

    The morning event was attended by students and parents from all grades, faculty, staff, and Board members. Prayers and invocations were followed by a short re-enactment tableau of Philippine, the pioneer children and Potawatomi she dedicated her life to. The exquisite music of the violin filled the air of a cloudless, perfect morning. If you did not have the chance to attend, you can watch the entire blessing here.
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  • Celebrate 2020

    Isabel Singletary
    Celebrate 2020, the 58th anniversary of the founding of Carrollton, was a great success thanks to the extraordinary efforts of Chair Beba Padron and her committee of dedicated volunteers. This year’s theme called “I am:____” showcased the school’s commitment to educate the whole child: intellectually, spiritually, socially, and physically. The evening festivities were held for the first time in the Fernandez and Argiz Families Wellness Center which was transformed into a sophisticated party venue rimmed with delicious food buffets, silent auction displays, cigar lounge, specialty scotch bar, and lounge areas. The hundreds of guests who attended danced the night away to the sounds of live music in support of an event that benefits Carrollton’s financial aid program, making possible a Carrollton education for so many of our students. The Commemorative Program displayed here honors the many sponsors, advertisers, and supporters who continue to help ensure the excellence of Sacred Heart education in South Florida. We are grateful for their support of our mission.
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  • Spirit Store Donations to Financial Aid Program Reach $50,000

    Isabel Singletary
    The Carrollton Spirit Store is a true labor of love – for the school, for the students, and for merchandising. Started 3 years ago by Pilar Cendoya Alvarez-Mena ’77, the store is housed in the Fernandez and Argiz Families Wellness Center and staffed solely by alumnae volunteers, with the proceeds benefiting the school’s financial aid program.
    Pilar’s history with Carrollton is a long one. She has held many roles in trust; student, alumna, former High School Dean of Students, parent of three lifers, lifelong volunteer, and budding entrepreneur. In this latest role she has succeeded beyond all expectations, as evidenced by the latest contribution of the Spirit Store to the school. In October of this year Pilar presented a check for $10,000, for a total of $50,000 to the financial aid program in the short time since the store’s inception.
    A testament to her and her volunteers’ determination, the Spirit Store has become central to school life. New items, which she sources with great care, are eagerly awaited by parents, students and alumnae alike. An alumnae cocktail reception held in the store at the beginning of the school year has become a special gathering where old friendships are reconnected, and new merchandise is displayed.
    Carrollton is blessed to have Pilar and her team be such an integral part of our daily life. With perennial smiles and eagerness to serve their Alma Mater, these alumnae are examples of giving back to the community that played such a large role in their lives.
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  • The Feast of Mater Admirabilis

    Isabel Singletary
    For Sacred Heart students the Fall semester in the academic year is filled with special celebrations and remembrances. In October the Sacred Heart family celebrates the Feast of Mater Admirabilis, a fresco which has captured the hearts and imagination of generations of students. The story of how an unappealing fresco by a young novice came to be known and praised is well known. What might be less repeated is that Saint Madeleine Sophie Barat insisted a rendering of that image be placed in every school around the world with the intent that no matter where one found ourselves in our life’s journey, once one entered a Sacred Heart School, Mater would welcome one home.
    When we see her image, with a mantle on her shoulders, at rest from her chores and eyes downcast, we see a hope filled countenance which comes from her faith in and relationship with her God. She is a wonderful example of the hope that should permeate our daily lives. Students, alumnae and educators alike have benefitted from her daily presence in our lives as her serenity, wisdom, holiness and fealty emanates from her countenance. As we come to understand her knowledge of being God’s Beloved, our relationship to Mater takes a deeper meaning. An intimate bond with Our Lady is a life-long gift we receive as members of the Sacred Heart community.
    The Superior General of the Society in the mid-20th century, Marie-Thérèse de Lescure, RSCJ, wrote this prayer to Mater. May devotion to our Mater support us through all our days.
    Prayer to Mater
    Under the pressure of over-activity
    which at times consumes us, disturbs us, or
    scatters our energies in doing what is visible and accidential, let us
    come to our Mater.
    She is the Mother of the Invisible and
    the Mother of the Essential.
    Let us ask her to detach us, to free us
    from all that is not important,
    to lead us on, and to fix our gaze upon the invisible
    which her own eyes look upon.
    The Invisible Presence, the Invisible Life,
    the Invisible Action, the Invisible Love,
    all those things which are eternal values in us
    and the great realities of faith.
    May she keep us throughout our busy and
    overcrowded days
    in the radiance of things that are not seen
    and firm as if we beheld the Invisible.
    In the midst of non-essentials
    which invite and often distract us,
    we run the risk of encumbering our beings
    and confusing our values.
    May she give us the right understanding of the Essential
    and a hunger for it.
    One thing alone is necessary
    the will of God and the work of God’s love.
    May Mater give us this singleness of vision
    so that we, too, may see
    the Invisible and the Essential in all.
    Amen
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  • Starr Sariego '76 Visits Upper School Assembly

    Isabel Singletary
    Carrollton had the pleasure of welcoming back alumna and photographer Starr Sariego '76. She was invited to speak to Upper School students about her collaboration in "The Art of Compassion" project  on exhibition at the Coral Gables Museum. Starr gathered 20 fellow local and international photographers and paired them with women just released from prison. The project, created out of goodwill and hope, aims to redefine preconceptions of society and social justice through photography and powerful testimonies of women, all representing diversity in age, race and demeanor. The Miami Herald highlighted in a recent article  Starr's mission to help these women overcome society's biases and get on with building productive lives. She credits Carrollton for instilling in her the importance of being socially aware and empathizing with the marginalized in our community. Her guest appearance at the school left an impact among our students of the power of just one individual to bring attention to, and improve the likelyhood of sucess for others outside the mainstream of our community.
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  • Graduation - Congratulations to the Class of 2019!

    Isabel Singletary
    Carrollton's High School graduation on June 5th, celebrated our graduates and thanked the families and faculty who encouraged, supported and championed the students' accomplishments. It is a ritual that we all recognize from our own experience at wherever high school our studies were completed. At Carrollton it is a particularly meaningful commencement because by taking place within the context of the eucharistic liturgy, we acknowledge God's grace, wisdom, mercy and guidance throughout this educational journey. This evening marked the end of each student’s journey as a Child of the Sacred Heart and celebrated the start of her being a Woman of the Sacred Heart.
    The guests were welcomed by Ceci de la Guardia ’19 with a beautiful story, a musical allegory of the Class that could practically be heard as a song. The guests were bid farewell with a reflection by Virginia Moscetti ’19, who detailed how the DNA of the Class was formed, and bound the students for lifelong friendships and shared history.
    Both of their speeches are shared here. You are encouraged to read in actual words the very essence of the impact of a Sacred Heart education.
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  • Carrollton Rose to the Challenge at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

    Once again, our school participated in “The Fairchild Challenge” – an award-winning, interdisciplinary, environmental science competition designed to engage students of diverse interests, abilities, talents, and backgrounds to explore the natural world, and become stewards of the Earth. The program has been recognized as a benchmark for exceptional STEM education and for empowering educated voters, policy makers, and environmentally-minded citizens.
     
    Our students demonstrated their different talents in support of environmental stewardship by participating in all the different challenges presented by The Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. There were over 300 schools from South Florida and beyond participating in The Fairchild Challenge this year.
     
    In the High School category, we were recognized as one of the top scoring schools overall and were presented with the Silver Award and a cash prize of $750 to support and enhance environmental activities in our school. They also received a certificate for their outstanding participation and a family gift pass. We also received a special recognition for being one of the only two schools from South Florida to participate at the NASA’s HUNCH (High school students United with NASA to Create Hardware) Program. Furthermore, Julia Sariol ’20 was congratulated as one of the Fairchild Summer Internship Recipients.
     
    In the Middle School category, we received the Bronze Award which included a $500 cash prize and our Primary school won a special framed certificate in the Overall Challenge Award for participating in all of the Elementary School Challenges.
     
    Below is a list of all the challenges and recognitions we received:
     
    High School
    Educator Challenge - Mr. Guido Mena, with his rendition of the flower from the cannonball tree was awarded 2nd place.
     
    Challenge 1: Fairchild’s New Planting - Students from Visual Arts class, Bettina Legorburu ’22 and Mia Fernandez de Castro ’22.
     
    Challenge 2: The Everglades Policy Proposal – Students from Debate Class, Olga Sofia Solares ’22, Lillian Cullen ’22, Cherie Laroche ’22, Victoria Estefani ’22, Emily Lawrence ’22 and Carola Mato ‘22
     
    Challenge 3: South Florida’s Natural Habitats – Students from Biology class, Sofia Eraña ’22 and Lillian Cullen ’22
     
    Challenge 4: Environmental Debate Tournament – Students from Debate team, Natalie Giustini ’20, Caroline Culmo ’20, Camille Deschapelles ’22 and Dorothy Darden ‘19
     
    Challenge 5: Green Cuisine – A Stella Side Dish – Students from IB Design Technology, Jimena Arguimbau ’20, Sofia Chi ’20, Nina Gallinar ’20, Ana Jouvin ’20, Andreina Macedo ’19, Sabrina Mas ’20, Haley McCarthy-Levy ’20 and Daniela Rabbasa ’20
     
    Challenge 7: Growing Beyond Earth – Students from Biology class, Mia Fernandez de Castro ’22, Sofia Mortensen ’22, Madison Forrest ’22, Sydney Toledo ’22 and Makayla Green ’22
     
    Challenge 8: The Million Orchid Project – Students from IB Environmental Systems and Society class, Jimena Arguimbau ’20, Camille Cabrera-Ramon ’20, Alessandra Diamond ’20, and Ana Jouvin ‘20
     
    Middle School
    Challenge 1: Fairchild’s New Plantings – Outstanding Narrative by Lauren Nieto ‘24
     
    Challenge 4: Citizen Science: Growing Beyond Earth – Enthusiasm by Mia Deschapelles ‘24, Olivia Jose ‘24, and Esmeralda Swietelsky ‘24; Data Presentation by Grades 6 and 7
     
    Challenge 6: Green Treasures: An Ethnobotanical Journey – Creativity by Sabrina Oliva ‘24, Cecilia Oses ‘24, Mia Rodriguez ‘21, Simrin Shah ‘24 and Daniela Vila ‘24
     
    Challenge 7: Lizards on the Loose – Most Comprehensive by Grades 6 & 7
     
    Primary
    Environmental Role Models – 3rd grade students Monica Rodriguez ‘28 and Montessori teacher Barbara Clarke
     
    Challenge 3: Eco-Atlas - Engaging Narrative by 3rd Grade
     
    Overall Challenge Award
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  • Carrollton Unveils Plaque Honoring its Past

    Isabel Singletary
    Carrollton Head Master Olen Kalkus and distinguished guests unveiled a marker commemorating the rich historical and architectural legacy of El Jardin. Built in 1918 by Pittsburgh industrialist John Bindley and designed by renowned architect Richard Kiehnel, the estate at 3747 Main Highway is considered one of the oldest and best-preserved examples of Mediterranean architecture in South Florida.
     
    The addition of a historical marker, located near the entrance gate on Carrollton’s Barat campus, is part of school’s ongoing commitment to preserve, protect and share the historic property with the greater Miami community. Throughout the past year Carrollton hosted a number of open house tours and lectures in honor of El Jardin’s centennial anniversary.
     
     “With the recent renovations on the Barat campus it is now possible to once again see the beautiful El Jardin estate from Main Highway,” said Olen Kalkus, headmaster of Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart. “We hope the addition of the marker will help increase public awareness and appreciation of this historic and architectural gem in the midst of Coconut Grove.”
     
    The Society of the Sacred Heart purchased El Jardin in 1961, and it became home to an all-girls, independent, Catholic school. As stewards of the historic property, Carrollton has long been committed to preserving and protecting the estate for future generations.  El Jardin was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on August 30, 1974.
     
    The new marker is part of the Florida Historical Marker Program, which recognizes historic resources, persons and events that are significant in the areas of architecture, archaeology, Florida history and traditional culture. Through the state program, El Jardin is linked to a number of nearby historic properties along Main Highway, including the Coconut Grove Playhouse, also designed by Richard Kiehnel.
     
    El Jardin: The Gilded Age on Biscayne Bay, a book detailing the history and architectural significance of the estate, will be released in the Fall.
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