Mission & History


The mission of Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart is to educate young women to think critically, embrace challenges, model resilience, confront injustice, seek equality and lead globally in the pioneering spirit of our foundress. Our alumnae change the world.


We are a leader in educating girls to be competent, confident and courageous women, ready to lead lives of purpose in a rapidly changing and increasingly complex world.


Forest Ridge, an independent, Catholic, school for girls in grades 5-12, was originally founded in Seattle in 1907 by the Religious of the Sacred Heart. Forest Ridge is steeped in a 200-year-old Sacred Heart tradition that anchors the community and connects it to 150 schools worldwide.

The school is guided by the Sacred Heart Goals & Criteria, rooted in the wisdom of St. Madeleine Sophie Barat, the foundress of the Society of the Sacred Heart. Barat, who founded the Society of the Sacred Heart in 1800, envisioned a transformational education for each student, something that continues to drive the educational philosophy of Forest Ridge.