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.


Our vision is uncompromising excellence in educating girls in the Sacred Heart tradition. In keeping with St. Madeleine Sophie Barat’s vision for excellence in educating girls since 1800, Forest Ridge offers a program grounded in our rich Catholic tradition. We provide our young women the courageous leadership skills necessary to act with compassion and conviction in embracing the challenges of a diverse global society. Our alumnae respond generously to the needs of their local and global communities and embrace their responsibilities to serve morally and ethically.


Forest Ridge, an independent, Catholic, day and boarding 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.

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