Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Academy is a non-diocesan, non-profit, independent, private school rooted in a classical academic curriculum and teaching students from grades pre-K-12, administered and staffed by Catholic laymen and incorporated under the laws of Illinois. Independent of the Diocese of Rockford, the school is not an agency of and is in no way connected or affiliated with the Diocese of Rockford or any church; however, as faithful, practicing Catholics, the school trustees, administrators and full-time teachers joyfully sign an oath of fidelity to the Magisterium and a profession of faith to the Catholic Church.

Phone: 815-399-3021

3445 Elmwood Road

Rockford, IL 61101


Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Academy is recognized by the Illinois State Board of Education, and is accredited by the National Association of Private Catholic and Independent Schools (NAPC*IS), of which Cardinal Raymond L. Burke is the ecclesiastical adviser.  OLSHA is also fully accredited by the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI), a division of Advanced. The Academy complies with NCAA guidelines, and required core courses are NCAA-approved. The academy is a member of the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) and the National Honor Society, and is an approved school for the Illinois State Scholar program.

In 2006, the Acton Institute named Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Academy one of the Top Fifty Catholic High Schools in the nation.  This award is designed to honor excellence in Catholic schools. The Acton Institute is a think tank that promotes the integration of Judeo-Christian truths with free market principles. In 2009, Elizabeth Altham, one of our junior- and senior-high teachers, received the Salvatori Award for Excellence in Teaching.  This award is presented by Hillsdale College each year to recognize teachers and schools that provide a superior liberal arts education.  The Academy received national recognition and $25,000 as a part of the award.