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What makes a Forest Ridge woman?

Well, first we start with a girl. At Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart, she will soon learn that there is enormous potential and power just in being a girl. We add a solid curriculum steeped in the Sacred Heart tenets: a personal and active faith in God, a deep respect for the intellect, a social awareness which impels to action, the building of community as a Christian value, and personal growth in an atmosphere of wise freedom.

Then, we help her learn to be bold.

The Adolescent Girls Committee of the American Psychological Association (APA) notes that healthy risk-taking is “important for young girls, in particular” in that it helps build confidence and the desire to try new things. At Forest Ridge, we often ask ourselves “How we can help foster boldness in girls’ lives?” “Boldness” describes exactly what we want to help instill in the young women we teach. We believe that the best way to do this is to provide girls with multiple opportunities to take risks in safe environments.

So, whether studying hard and working cooperatively on our campus, out climbing mountains or kayaking the waters of the Puget Sound, competing in our gyms and on our fields, or on the cusp of discovery in our science labs and language and mathematics classrooms, she will learn life-long lessons in daring to participate, lead, and explore.

We’re proud of the way in which our current students – and generations of alumnae who thrived in an atmosphere that challenges mind, body and spirit – take healthy risks and learn to be bold.

That’s what makes a Forest Ridge woman!
 
Mark Pierotti
Head of School
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Mark Pierotti
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Melissa Jones
Executive Assistant to the Head of School & Board
Founded in 1907, Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart is a Catholic, all-girls, independent, college-preparatory school serving students in grades 5 through 12. As a member of the worldwide Network of Sacred Heart Schools, we educate each student to the following goals:
  • a personal and active faith in God
  • a deep respect for intellectual values
  • a social awareness which impels to action
  • the building of community as a Christian value
  • personal growth in an atmosphere of wise freedom
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