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. www.napcis.org www.advanc-ed.org 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.