Philosophy & Mission


“Enter to Learn, Leave to Serve”

Inspired by the Daughters of Charity and the De La Salle Christian Brothers, in partnership with families, Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory’s mission is to provide the finest education in an inclusive Catholic community of faith. We prepare our students to become service-oriented leaders with a commitment to living the Gospel.


In the spirit and vision of St. John Baptist de La Salle and St. Vincent de Paul, SHC aims to educate students by the tenets of the Gospel to build a faith-based community and serve others with compassion. This core Catholic understanding helps to ground, guide and bind our community and serves as the nurturing backdrop for academic exploration. At SHC, we strive for intellectual and academic excellence while keeping the unique interests and passions of each of our individual students in mind. Every student has a wealth of talent to bring to the community and we aim to nurture and direct these talents toward a successful and productive life. SHC’s commitment to rigorous academics and social justice helps mold students into hardworking, thoughtful and altruistic adults.


The Daughters of Charity were founded in Paris in 1633 by St. Vincent de Paul and St. Louise de Marillac. The Community was established for the purpose of serving the poorest of the poor, and for this reason the Daughters vow not only poverty, chastity and obedience, but also service to the poor. These vows are renewed annually during the Feast of the Annunciation. In 1850 an American Community, affiliated with the Paris community, was founded by St. Elizabeth Ann Seton; thus, the American Daughters were born. Throughout the world there are 27,000 Sisters in 93 provinces, with approximately 2,000 Sisters located in the United States. 


Founded in France by St. John Baptist de La Salle in 1680, this religious institute of brothers (officially named "The Brothers of the Christian Schools") has created a 300-year tradition of educational excellence. Known as an extraordinary man of faith, De La Salle founded a truly innovative religious order devoted exclusively to the Christian education of youth. His spirit and vision launched an educational endeavor that continues today with more than 5,000 brothers and some 77,000 lay partners serving the educational needs of 900,000 students in more than 80 countries. The Catholic Church specially recognized the Lasallian educational mission in 1950 when it named St. Jean-Baptiste de La Salle the patron saint of teachers. 

De La Salle District of San Francisco, the western province of De La Salle Christian Brothers