Forest Ridge is steeped in a 200-year-old Sacred Heart tradition that anchors the community and connects with 150 schools worldwide. The school is guided by the powerful goals the foundresses set forth while evolving the way students are educated to be future global leaders.
About half of the High School students participate in the Sacred Heart Exchange Program. Whether navigating the Tokyo subway, making a new friend in Spain or another part of the U.S., the girls learn essential lessons about themselves and the world. Forest Ridge also welcomes about 25 exchange students each year, enriching the campus with a diversity of culture and understanding.
With a history rich in traditions, every week is filled with spirit at Forest Ridge. The school year begins with Convocation, calling each community member by name and presenting that year’s holy card. A campus-wide favorite is Congé, a surprise day of play planned in secret by student leaders. Frosh Days welcome ninth-graders to high school with a playful and supportive relationship with a senior. In the Ring Ceremony, outgoing seniors pass down school leadership with a symbolic gesture of sisterhood. Students feel connected to something bigger here—long after they leave Forest Ridge.
Sacred Heart is about looking at each person as a person and thinking about how I can be there for her. We talk about what it means to be in service to each other on a daily basis, how we treat each other as fellow humans and we try to come back to the ideas of respect, compassion, forgiveness and generosity. Forest Ridge is a very growth-centered place.—Sara Konek, middle school science teacher and grade leader