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Featured Business Highlight: Sacred Heart School

This featured business post was brought to you by Sacred Heart School. Now learn more about one mom’s story and why she has chosen to send her three children to Sacred Heart School. 

sacred heart school des moines“Why do you send your kids to a Catholic school?”

It’s a question I’ve been asked many times by friends or even acquaintances as soon as the words, “my kids go to Sacred Heart School,” come out of my mouth.

I usually begin my answer with a story. While sitting in my seventh grade English class, Sister Jean Ann was in the middle of her lesson on Greek mythology at St. John’s Catholic School in Bancroft, Iowa. In this farming community of less than a thousand people, an ambulance siren began blaring through town. Sister paused and told us to put our pencils down and say a prayer as a class for whomever needed that ambulance. We said a Hail Mary and class resumed.

I’ll never forget that day.

Faith is woven into all we do at Sacred Heart School, too. Spiritual lessons and opportunities to put our faith in action aren’t reserved for the daily religion class. Service projects and prayers at the beginning of the school day, before lunch, and at the start of any school assembly are part of the culture. Last year the entire school, nearly 500 students in grades K-8, walked across the parking lot to Sacred Heart Church to pray for a young man whose life on earth was ending. He was an alum, and our close-knit community came together to support his family. That’s just what we do.

While our foundation is spiritual, our school also has a reputation for academic excellence. “Excellence” at Sacred Heart School could mean providing additional support for a student who is struggling academically or providing more challenging work — even skipping a grade level in math — for other students. Our test scores are consistently higher than the national, state, and local school district scores.

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If you’re trying to decide where to send your child to school or if you’re thinking of making a change at any grade level, here are some things you should know about Sacred Heart School:

  • Preschool – 8th grade are located on the same campus.
  • Nearly 500 students who represent 23 zip codes.
  • Preschool program for three- and four-year-olds with extended care option.
  • New half-day Transitional Kindergarten Program for five-year-olds who need one more year before entering a full-day kindergarten classroom.
  • New kindergarten wing with two kindergarten classrooms, a transitional kindergarten room, and a dedicated playground.
  • Two classrooms per grade and teacher assistants in kindergarten, first, and second grades.
  • Technology: every classroom has an interactive smart board (Promethean Board), and our students have access to several mobile labs that include iPads, Chromebooks, and laptop computers. We also have a full computer lab, our teachers each have a laptop and iPad, and there are several mobile devices in each classroom.
  • Tuition assistance is available.
  • Sacred Heart School welcomes learners of all faiths.
  • Parents and families who get to know each other and often form lifelong friendships!

The most important reasons our family chose Sacred Heart School are our three children: Ben, Maya, and Jack.

From the moment we walked in the door in 2006, we felt right at home. I think you will, too.

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Upcoming Open House Information

Whether you’re serious or just curious, take a look at the Open House options. Take a tour with a current parent, meet our dedicated teachers, learn about financial aid options, and ask lots of questions.

Sacred Heart School Open House (ALL grades)

Tuesday, February 2, 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Sacred Heart School, 1601 Grand Avenue, West Des Moines

Kindergarten Information Night

Tuesday, January 26, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Sacred Heart School, 1601 Grand Avenue, West Des Moines


Due to the weather forecast, a back-up date has been determined for the Sacred Heart School Open House for Prospective Families. If the weather conditions prevent them from hosting the Open House on Tuesday, it will be held on Thursday, February 4th from 5:00-7:00 at Sacred Heart School at 1601 Grand Avenue in West Des Moines. Updates will also be provided on the school website:


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To Learn More about Sacred Heart School

You can contact Mary Jo Kever, Assistant Principal, at 515-223-1284 or email at [email protected]

You can find them online at

About the Author: Lauri Freking lives in West Des Moines with her husband, Steve, and three children. She is an active volunteer at Sacred Heart School and is passionate about Catholic education.

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One Response to Featured Business Highlight: Sacred Heart School

  1. andreacooley January 28, 2016 at 8:57 pm #

    I love learning about alternatives to public schools. I went to a Catholic high school (even though I am not Catholic) and had a wonderful experience! It challenged and deepened my faith and gave me a better understanding of other Christian denominations.

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