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The mission of Sacred Heart High School is to educate students of diverse backgrounds in a strong Catholic tradition in order to empower these students to be moral and productive members of society.

Sacred Heart High School:

  • Integrates the teachings of Jesus Christ into every facet of school life.
  • Provides an excellent Catholic education for students of all ability levels.
  • Fosters higher order thinking skills and intellectual curiosity to enable students to become life-long learners.
  • Motivates students to fulfill their God-given potential spiritually, intellectually, physically, and socially.
  • Challenges students to embrace their call to service within the larger community.
  • Creates a safe and supportive environment to facilitate the learning process.
  • Promotes a strong partnership with parents to enhance the student learning experience.

The administration, faculty, and staff of Sacred Heart High School are dedicated to enabling all of our students to experience the fullness of life that results from the development of individual talents.


  • In the “Heart” of Waterbury
  • Minutes from I-84 and Route 8
  • Convenient for older students to get to after school jobs downtown


  • Approx. 365 Students
  • 78% from Waterbury
  • 22% from outside the city
    • Beacon Falls
    • Bristol
    • Cheshire
    • Derby
    • Goshen
    • Litchfield
    • Middlebury
    • Morris
    • Naugatuck
    • Oakville
    • Prospect
    • Southington
    • Terryville
    • Thomaston
    • Torrington
    • Watertown
    • Wolcott
    • Woodbury
  • Our International Students come from
    • China
    • Italy
    • Korea
    • Vietnam
    • Senegal
    • Rowanda
  • 30%  from Public Schools
  • 70% from Parochial Schools
  • 25 Full/Part-time teachers
  • Average Class size 18-24 students


  • Founded in 1922 by the Reverend John. J. Fitzgerald, Pastor of Sacred Heart Parish
  • Founding educators are the Sisters of Mercy
  • Became Co-Ed in 1938
  • Moved to South Elm Street in 1975
  • College Prep
  • Archdiocese of Hartford
  • Accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges


  • Religion
    • Scriptures
    • New Testament
    • Church History
    • Christian Morality
    • Responding to the Call of Jesus
    • Ecumenical and Interreligious Issues
    • Living as a Disciple of Christ
  • Advanced Placement
    • Calculus (4th year)
    • English 3 (3rd year)
    • English 4 (4th year)
    • U.S. History (3rd year)
    • World History (2nd year)
    • Biology (4th year)
  • College Level
    • Political Science (UConn)
  • Science
    • Petrello Healthcare Program (3 credits)
      • Applications submitted end of junior year
      • CPR Certification
      • First Aid Certification
      • Discussion of the Healthcare Environment
    • Forensics (1/2 credit)
    • Nutrition (1/2 credit)
    • Anatomy & Physiology (1 credit)
    • Human Body (1/2 credit)
    • Physics (1 credit)
  • Electives
    • Art – Drawing, Painting, Sculpture, Photoshop
    • Chorus
    • Instrumental Music
    • Word Processing
    • TV Production
    • Psychology
    • Sociology
    • U.S. History in the Twentieth Century
    • Marketing
    • Management
    • Computer Aided Design (CAD)

Carraffa-Petrello Healthcare Program

  • State certified Program 
  • Our students do over the recommended 100 hours of work between classroom and hands on learning
  • After completion of our program, students take an exam at Prometric
  • Students complete 25 competency skills
  • Prior to their hands on care they must complete training in the areas of:
    • Communication and Interpersonal Skills
    • Residents/Patient Rights
    • Residents Independence
    • Safety and Emergency Procedures
    • Infection Control
    • CPR and First Aid Certification
  • 3 Credits – Senior Year – Application only


  • Member of the Naugatuck Valley League (NVL)
  • Member of the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC)
  • Fall: Boys and Girls Soccer, Girls Swimming/Diving, Co-Ed Cross Country, Cheer, Football, Girls Volleyball
  • Winter: Gymnastics, Co-Ed Cheer, Boys & Girls Basketball, Boys Swimming/Diving
  • Spring: Baseball, Softball, Golf, Track & Field, Boys & Girls Tennis
  • Recent Awards:
    • 2009, 2014, 2015, Boys Basketball Class S State Champions
    • 2016 Boys Basketball Class M State Champions
    • 2017 Boys Basketball Class L State Champions
    • 2009, 2011, 2012 Boys Swimming Class S State Champions
    • 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 Boys NVL Swimming Champions
    • 2034, 2014, 2015, 2016 Girls NVL Swimming Champions
    • 2011, 2012, 2014 NVL Cheer Champions (Co-Ed Division)
    • 2011 Boys Soccer NVL Coaches Sportsmanship Award
    • 2015 Inaugural CAS-CIAC “Battle OF The Fan” Award
    • 2016 CIAC “Class Act School” Inaugural Class
    • 2016 Baseball Officials Sportsmanship Award

Extra-Curricular Activities/Clubs

  • Monthly Activity Period for Clubs to Meet
  • National Honor Society
  • Choir
  • Student Council
  • Photography
  • International
  • Yearbook
  • Art
  • Technology Club
  • School Newspaper (THE FORUM)
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Debate
  • Science Olympiad
  • Bowling
  • Ping Pong
  • eSports

Tuition Assistance

  • Need based— Over $850,000 awarded annually
  • Completed applications are due in early February
  • FACTS Online (preferred application type)
  • Paper Application available by calling the Business Office

Academic Scholarships

(Based solely on Placement Exam Scores)

  • Valedictorian Scholarship – $1,500 per year scholarship renewable each year based on academic performance. This scholarship is available to the valedictorian from each of our parochial and public school partners.
  • Sisters of Mercy Scholarship:
    • Score in top 2% on Placement Exam
    • Valued at $3,000 per year, renewable for a four year-period
    • Total Value of $12,000
  • Principal’s Scholarship:
    • Score in top 10% on Placement Exam
    • Valued at $1,500 per year, renewable for a four year-period
    • Total Value of $6,000
  • Educational Partners Scholarships – These scholarships are valued between $2,000 and $5,000 per year and are based on the following:
    • Placement Exam Score
    • Overall Academic Excellence
    • Financial Need
  • Endowed Scholarships – Sacred heart High School has been very fortunate to have several endowed scholarships that are offered annually. Criteria for these scholarships vary, and a selection committee awards the scholarships to the most deserving students.
  • Scholarship Assistance – Through the generosity of many members of the Sacred Heart Community, especially our alumni, Sacred Heart is able to offer tuition assistance to the most financially deserving students. Enrolled students must submit a scholarship assistance application each year and grants are awarded in the spring of the following school year. Awards are not granted unless scholarship assistance applications have been submitted. Applications can be submitted through the mail or online at:

Admission Policy

  • Admission is based on Transcripts, Recommendation, Placement Exam Score (& Interview where needed)
  • If interested students do not take the Placement Exam an interview is mandatory
  • Final Registration is contingent upon successful graduation from 8th grade provided that students’ academic average remains intact
  • Sacred Heart High School does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, color, or ethnic origin

SHHS Board of Directors

  • Mr. Giuseppe Pisani ’84 (Board Chairman)
  • Mr. Dolton James Ph.D
  • Monsignor James G. Coleman ‘54
  • Ms. Lysa Margiotta ‘97
  • Mr. Selim Noujaim
  • Honorable William Cremins ‘65
  • Mr. Dave Petitti ‘78
  • Mr. Joseph Almeida ‘77
  • Mrs. Migdalia Rodriguez
  • Mr. Jason VanStone ‘93
  • Mr. Guy Riddick ‘78
  • Mrs. Eileen M. Regan ’78, President
  • Mrs. Maria Maynard, Deputy Superintendent

School Board Committees & Goals

Finance: To continue to monitor cost-saving strategies and to provide fiscal direction on a monthly basis, with the assurance of working for a balanced budget.

  • Mr. Giuseppe Pisani ’84
  • Mr. David Petitti ’78, Chair
  • Monsignor James G. Coleman ’54
  • Honorable William Cremins ’65
  • Mrs. Eileen M. Regan, President ’78
  • Mrs. Stephanie Robillard
  • Mr. Mike Maunsell CPA, ’60

Advancement/Marketing: To actively work to raise top of mind awareness of Sacred Heart High School to our various publics, and to engage donors to be actively involved in supporting the Sacred Heart community.

  • Ms. Lysa Margiotta ’97 (Chair)
  • Mrs. Michele Martin
  • Mrs. Eileen M. Regan, President ’78
  • Mrs. Erin Laferriere ’93, Director of Admissions
  • Mrs. Karen T. Ciarleglio, Director of Advancement
  • Mr. Jason Van Stone ’93
  • Mr. Brian Somma
  • Mr. Michael Madden, Jr. ’99
  • Ms. Marissa DiCarlo ’00
  • Mrs. Migdalia Rodriguez

Nominating: To continue to research and to expand the list of potential new Board Members, relative to their ability to help move Sacred Heart High School forward in a positive and meaningful manner.

  • Monsignor James Coleman ’54 (chair)
  • Mrs. Eileen M. Regan, President ’78
  • Mr. Selim Noujaim
  • Mr. Dalton James, Ph.D.

Plant and Facility: To continue to monitor and to review internal and external structural needs of the school, to ensure that our facility is in compliance with building requirements and that we are operating in an efficient and cost-effective manner.

  • Mr. Giuseppe Pisani ’84
  • Mrs. Eileen M. Regan, ’78 President
  • Mrs. Linda Coviello
  • Mr. Raul Nadal
  • Mr. Joseph Almeida ‘77
  • Mr. Guy Riddick ‘78
  • Mr. William Fitzpatrick ‘02

Ministry: To actively incorporate Jesus Christ into the life of the Sacred Heart community, through liturgy, community service, and related student-centered programs.

  • Chaplain, Sacred Heart High School
  • Mr. Daniel Mathews (Campus Minister)
  • Ms. Theresa Pasternak
  • Mrs. Eileen M. Regan, ’78 President

S.W.O.T. Planning: To review and to update Sacred Heart’s strategic plan to be a living document ensuring that, at all times, the school has five years of a long-range plan to guide it.

  • Mrs. Sandra Del Sesto, Facilitator
  • Mr. Anthony R. Azzara ’67, Principal (S, A, B)
  • Mrs. Eileen M. Regan ’78, President (S, A, B, PP)
  • Mrs. Karen Ciarleglio, Director of Advancement (S)
  • Mrs. Erin Laferriere ’93, Director of Admissions (S)
  • Ms. Lysa Margiotta ‘97 (A, B, CL)
  • Mrs. James Curtin (A, PP)
  • Mr. Douglas Donato (PP)
  • Ms. Julie Pion (CL)
  • Mr. Selim Noujaim (CL, B, PP)
  • Atty. Theresa Caldarone ’82 (A, CL, PB)
  • Mr. Joseph Almeida ’77 (A, B, PP)
  • Mrs. Shelley Almeida ’78 (A, PP)
  • Mrs. Sherrie Gemmell (F)
  • Mr. Guy Riddick ’78 (A,PP,B)
  • Ms. Molly Blake ’97 (A, F)
  • Mr. Jason VanStone ‘93 (A, B, CL, P)
  • Honorable William Cremins ’65 (A, B, CL)
  • Mr. George Officer ’77
  • Mr. Michael Madden, Jr. ’99 (A, F)
  • Mrs. Kathy Craig (P)
  • Atty. Marianne Dubuque (PB, PP, CL)
  • Mr. John O’Connor ’54 (A, PB, PP)
  • Mr. Carl DiCrosta ’97 (A)
  • Mr. Giuseppe Pisani ’84 (A, B, PP, CL)
  • Mrs. Amy Traver (F, P)
  • Mrs. Sandra Nagle (F)
  • Mr. Frank Busch (PB)
  • Mr. David Petitti ’78 (A, B, PP, CL)
  • Mrs. Deborah Cronin (PP, CL)
  • Mr. Todd Murphy ’83 (A,PP)
  • Mr. Edwin Rodriguez (PP)
  • Mrs. Migdalia Rodriguez (B, PP)


F- Faculty
S – Staff
A – Alum
B – Board Member

PB – Past Board Member
P – Parent
PP – Past Parent
C L– Community Leader