Sacred Heart of Jesus School

"Learning, Loving, Living in Christ’s Heart."
Our motto here at Sacred Heart reminds us daily that we are God’s children. We are on a journey of learning academically, but more importantly in our faith. We are loved by Christ, and we are continually learning to be faithful stewards of His creation.

Our History

Sacred Heart Church was founded in 1957 by Archbishop Karl J. Alter with Father Hugo Mentink as the first pastor. The first church and school were dedicated in 1960 and six additional classrooms were built in 1963 and a small gym in 1980. The present church was completed in 1989. Thanks to the generous support of our parishioners and community, Sacred Heart completed a $1.8 million expansion that opened for the 2003/2004 school year. In 2012, Sacred Heart received approval to add Kindergarten starting with the 2013/2014 school year.

Sacred Heart of Jesus School was founded under the direction of the Sisters of St. Francis of Oldenberg, Indiana, which staffed the day school and taught CCD classes for many years. A long litany of lay men and women have served the day school.

We are accredited by Ohio Catholic Schools Accrediting Association and provide religious instruction daily. Sacred Heart of Jesus School complies with all Archdiocese of Cincinnati policy regarding background checks for teaching and non-teaching employees and for volunteers who have direct contact with children. Sacred Heart of Jesus School strictly adheres to the policy of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati governing security and student safety.

We currently offer grades K-8 with two classes per grade and have graduated over 2,500 students. There were 445 students enrolled in the school as of October 31, 2022.

A Message from our Principal, Heather Wagner

They say education is a life-long journey, and I agree. As a young child, I loved learning, and knew at a young age that I wanted to be a teacher. Watching my fourth grade teacher, I felt a calling to be a teacher, which was reinforced in high school when I was able to witness the joy my English teacher had for her subject and more importantly for her students. These experiences set my course for the rest of my life.

As I enter my 25th year in education as a teacher and administrator, I am often asked “Why?” “Why be a teacher? Or, (with a shudder) a principal?” And I always answer immediately, “I LOVE IT!” And I do.

I love:

  • Being able to share my faith daily with my students, families, and colleagues.
  • Witnessing the AHA! moment for a student struggling with a difficult concept.
  • The pride on a child’s face when he has done his best.
  • The smiling and squeals of excitement on the first day (teachers and students alike!)
  • Being able to watch children grow and develop over years spent together in this faith community

As I enter my first year as principal at Sacred Heart, I am proud to continue the excellent tradition set by Mr. Nagle. At Sacred Heart, we are committed to providing:

  • Daily religious instruction
  • Integrated technology including computer lab, iPads and SmartBoards
  • 1:1 iPad Program for grades 3-8
  • iPads accessible for curriculum use in K-2 classrooms
  • Opportunities to develop skills including creativity, critical thinking, collaboration and problem solving
  • Vibrant, research-based instruction by teachers committed to professional development
  • Rigorous core curriculum including library, art, music and physical education
  • Spanish instruction for grades 2-8
  • Enrichment opportunities include Drama, Choir, Band, Athletics, Youth Ministry, and Reading Mentors

Sacred Heart is a vibrant, faith-filled community committed to partnering with you to guide the development of your children as they grow into the best version of themselves that they can be. We feel blessed to be on this journey with you.

A Message from our Pastor, Fr. Larry Tharp

I am often asked the question by parents who are not part of the Catholic tradition, “Why are your people willing to pay tuition for a grade school education that is already available in the public school system without personal cost to them?” Part of the answer is that Catholic parochial schools are known for the quality of the education their students receive. Part of the answer is that Catholic schools can teach the information in the context of traditional Judeo-Christian morality. This is no longer possible in the public school system. Some may cite the emphasis on discipline. This too is prohibited by the rules applied in the public school context.

For me the answer includes the reasons already mentioned, but I am also a bit more philosophical. Seedlings grow faster and stronger in a greenhouse than they do facing early spring cold and snow. The greenhouse provides warmth and sunlight, nutritious soil and constant watering, and a caretaker with a green thumb. A well run Catholic parochial school provides quality instruction in a context of belief in Jesus Christ, moral principles that form the foundation for a life of faith, and a nurturing community in which the child knows he or she “belongs.” Most parishes (Sacred Heart included) spend between two-thirds and three-fourths of their Sunday collection on their parish school. This sacrifice is not made only so that each student can become a better Catholic. This sacrifice is intended to make better persons who form a more moral community. A parochial Catholic school is a commitment to the community and the nation. Everyone who puts their contribution in the Sunday collection basket is sacrificing to nurture good kids into good people who will become productive citizens contributing to the common good.

You may ask “Father, did you go to a Catholic grade school?” The answer is “No!” I attended one of the last rural community schools. We prayed in school each day. Our teachers demanded adherence to Judeo-Christian moral principles. Today such public schools are deemed politically incorrect and forbidden by law. This is precisely why Catholic parochial schools are so valuable for our parish, community, and nation. This is why we are all willing to sacrifice for Sacred Heart School.

God bless you in your decision. If you see Sacred Heart School as I do, a nursery growing good citizens and souls for eternity, please consider making the sacrifice to educate your child here.