• Academics
  • Academics
  • Academics

Academics

Sacred Heart Cathedral School is committed to delivering a comprehensive academic program that meets the needs of all of our students. Our curriculum is designed to prepare students for high school and beyond. SHCS is a member of the National Catholic Education Association (NCEA) and accredited by the Tennessee Department of Education, Advanc-ED (SACS) and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Knoxville.

Our school is on a semester system with two quarters per semester. The daily schedule begins at 7:55am and ends at 3:00pm for grades K-3 and 3:15pm for grades 4-8.

Middle school students attend six classes per day and an enrichment class is offered two days per week to enhance the standard curriculum. Grades 6-8 use a rotating schedule system for an optimum learning environment.

After-school care is offered from 3:00p.m. to 6:00p.m. through Club Eagle.

SHCS uses ParentsWeb, an online communication system, to provide course information, grades and daily assignments to parents.

Annual academic events include the Spelling Bee, Spring and Winter Music Concerts, Geography Bee, Ijams Nature Center visits, Museum Day, Optimist Speech Contest, Science Fair, Talent Show and the Scholastic Art Awards Contest.

Sacred Heart offers a robust athletic program with 70% participation between grades 5-8. Sacred Heart is a member of the Knoxville Interscholastic Sports League (KISL) and offers twenty-two athletic teams through twelve different sports. The competitive athletic program is open to students in grades 5-8. Lifetime sports such as cross-country, golf and tennis are available for students in grades 3-8. 

Visit www.sacredheartsports.org for more details. Go Eagles!

ELECTIVES

  • Quarterly Elective rotation includes Music (choir or piano), Robotics, Service Learning, and Art.

    After school activities will be offered for an additional fee twice a semester on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:00-5:00 for 6 weeks each.  The current offerings are chess, dance, robotics and Tae Kwon Do.

  • Semester Electives include a choice of two:

    Art

    Choir
    Piano
    Technology
    Oratorical Speaking (Spring Semester)
    Wellness
    Catholic Leadership

    After school activities will be offered for an additional fee twice a semester on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:00-5:00 for 6 weeks each.  The current offerings are chess, dance, robotics and Tae Kwon Do.

  • Semester Electives include a choice of two:

    Art

    Choir
    Piano
    Technology
    Oratorical Speaking (Spring Semester)
    Yearbook

    Peer Tutoring.

    After school activities will be offered for an additional fee twice a semester on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:00-5:00 for 6 weeks each.  The current offerings are chess, dance, robotics and Tae Kwon Do.

Experiential Learning

  • Capitalizing on a child’s natural curiosity and exuberance, SHCS provides many opportunities both on and off campus for our students to experience cultural, artistic, and social enrichment. 

    Significant learning takes place when students participate, reflect and use their analytical skills to derive useful insight from their experience. What experiential learning does best is capture the interest and involvement of the students.

  • Kindergarten: Ijams Nature Center, Pumpkin Patch

    1st Grade: Riverboat Cruise

    2nd Grade: First Communion Retreat

    3rd Grade: Camp Wesley Woods

    4th Grade: Museum of Appalachia

    5th Grade: U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama

  • 6th Grade: The Challenger Center in Chattanooga, TN

    7th Grade: Camp Greenville, North Carolina and Day on the Hill in Nashville, Tennessee

    8th Grade: Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, Jamestown and Williamsburg, Virginia