Upper school students may apply to attend another school in the Network or within the international Sacred Heart community
for a time period of a few weeks to one academic quarter or the entire year depending on the parameters set by their individual schools. Some exchange opportunities also are available for middle school students and a variety of exchange and service trips capture a multitude of grade levels, depending on the school.
In order to qualify for exchange, students must be in good academic and social standing at their home school and obtain the recommendations of their teachers and head of school. The exchange coordinators at the students’ home school and intended exchange school process the paperwork. After students are accepted, schedules compatible with what they have been and will be taking for the rest of the year are worked out. Exchange students live either in the boarding school or with a host family.
The many advantages to exchange include seeing another part of the country or world, getting a taste of life away from home before college, experiencing life – academic, extracurricular, religious, and social – at another school, making new friends and building community within the Network.
Some Network schools also offer the opportunity for faculty to participate in exchange programs. Similar to students, faculty exchanges may last from a few weeks, to an academic term, to a full school year.