The education is strong and the bonds of community are lasting here. Love, respect and compassion are the underpinnings which support the people, the place and the programs that make us who we are. For 81 years, the Dominican Sisters and their colleagues have nurtured the dreams, intellectual curiosity and goals of young women in a quiet yet powerful way. We celebrate the achievements of the thousands of young women who have passed through our doors and look with hope to the many young women who come to share the joys of our Flintridge Sacred Heart family. FSHA supports an atmosphere where cultural, ethnic and economic diversity are prized, where academic challenge is expected, and where the Dominican philosophy governing the Catholic education is lived, a philosophy that recognizes the intrinsic worth of each person. The school has not wavered in its commitment to values, women’s dignity and equality, cultural diversity, or to single-gender college preparatory education. This unique balance of academic excellence and moral integrity is the foundation of "the Flintridge experience." Check us out on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Academic excellence is the core of FSHA, and the school’s broad curriculum prepares graduates well for their journey into higher education. As with virtually all FSHA alumnae, 100% of the Class of 2012 are attending college. These talented young women were the recipients of many academic, athletic and leadership scholarships at a variety of universities and colleges throughout the country.Students at each grade level participate in spiritual retreats led by adult and trained peer counselors, and include one- and two-day retreats for underclasswomen, a four-day retreat to Catalina Island for juniors, and two days of prayer and a four-day Kairos retreat for seniors.Students are trained as peer leaders in LIFE (Living in Faith Experience), as Journey leaders and as Kairos leaders, all of whom help lead retreats. The visual and performing arts program has, from the school’s inception, always been a vital part of the FSHA curriculum. In addition to being able to select from a wide variety of arts classes, students present a full-scale musical production each year, plus a drama or comedy on the alternate semester. Members of the school’s dance companies, and participants in all dance classes, stage a dance concert in the spring of each year, featuring FSHA dancers and student choreography. Dance students also perform in the annual musical. Four musical recitals are held each year to showcase piano, chamber music, orchestra, advanced music and the contemporary band. Student musicians may also play for school liturgies, the student musical and at graduation. Art students display their work at the annual art show while also contributing their talents by helping produce backdrops for theatrical productions and illustrating the school’s literary magazine. The Academy believes that the opportunity for participation in selected athletic activities is a vital part of the educational experience. Freshmen must take a full year of Physical Education/Health, but all students are encouraged to try out for a team. Consistently, well over 70% of the student body in any given year participates in athletics. Clubs are busy. Time is set aside each week for members to meet and plan activities. FSHA is home to approximately 50 boarding students, many of whom are international students who travel a considerable distance to attend. All boarding students will find a safe, structured, nurturing and caring environment that provides a truly global learning experience that contributes to the character of the school. Weekend life in the boarding halls is bustling. FSHA is close to Pasadena, which boasts many excellent retail stores, restaurants and movie theaters, as well as museums and cultural landmarks. The activities director plans a special monthly activity, ranging from visiting local ski resorts, enjoying some of Southern California’s finest beaches, shopping at the outlets in the desert city of Palm Springs, or having fun at a nearby amusement park, such as Disneyland, Universal Studios, Knott's Berry Farm or Magic Mountain. The Director of Boarding Students and supervisors live with the students in the boarding halls and ensure that school attendance, meal times, study hours and curfews are followed. Dominican Sisters reside in the same building and interact with the students daily. Approximately 25% of the Academy’s student body receives some form of scholarship or financial aid. During the 2011-12 academic year, close to $700,000 was awarded in financial aid to qualified students. Additionally, between four and six incoming freshmen who demonstrate outstanding achievement in academics, entrance exam results, co-curricular activities, service to school and community, and based on teacher/principal recommendations receive merit scholarships ranging from $2,000 to $8,000. The original mission-style buildings, which were designed in 1927 by noted Southern California architect Myron Hunt, overlook the San Gabriel Valley and the Pasadena Rose Bowl from the crest of the San Rafael hills.