- Travel Logistics
- What should I bring?
- In the classroom
- On-Campus Resources
- About Grand Coteau, Louisiana
- Student Life: Clubs and Organizations
- Daily Routine
- Academics and English Language Support for Non-Native Speakers
We are located in Grand Coteau, Louisiana, approximately twenty minutes north of the city of Lafayette. Grand Coteau is a 3.5 hour drive from Houston, Texas, and a 2 hour drive from New Orleans, Louisiana. You will fly into the airport in Lafayette, Louisiana (LFT), a 20-minute drive from Sacred Heart. A staff member from Sacred Heart will pick you up at this airport.
When should i plan to arrive?
Our international students should plan to arrive by noon on Monday, August 8, 2022, and they will attend the New Student Orientation on August 10, 2022. Upon arrival, we will assist you with moving into the dorm and acclimate you to the school and surrounding area. Classes begin on August 11, 2022.
whom should i contact with my travel information?
If you are flying, please send flight arrival information to Morgan Fontenot, Director of Moreau Hall. Ms. Fontenot will organize airport pick-up arrangement. Pick-ups in airports other than LFT are available for an extra charge (see transportation policy). If your parents are bringing you to school, you should notify the staff so that they are available to welcome you on you day/time of arrival at Moreau Hall.
who will meet me at the airport?
If you are flying along, a residential staff member will meet you at the airport in Lafayette, Louisiana (LFT). We will transport you to Sacred Heart, allow you to settle in, and make sure that you have what you need to be prepared for the start of the new school year. Before leaving your home, you will receive contact information for the staff member who will meet you at the airport, as well as emergency back-up contact information. Your pick-up person at the airport will have a sign with your name and the school's name to help you identify her.
The residents live on the second floor of the Upper School building. The bedrooms accommodate two to three students per room. In each room, one finds:
- loft beds or twin-size beds, 5 drawer dressers, and a shared walk-in closer
- a vanity/sink/mirror to be shared by the roommates
- 2 dorm rooms share a shower
The 4 common areas feature a large flat screen television, DVD players, Wii, exercise equipment, and games. there is a quiet room and a snack room. Washing machines and dryers are available for the residents to do their laundry.
Before classes begin, Sacred Heart will facilitate an orientation for you to get settled into Moreau Hall, become acquainted with the surrounding area, and become familiar with what to expect from the U.S. culture and your day-to-day life at school. This introduction is designed to help you get the best experience possible while living in the U.S. and attending Sacred Heart.
- Campus Orientation
- Origins and history of the Academy in Grand Coteau, intro to the community
- Essence of a Sacred Heart education
- Practical Information
- Getting to know the surrounding areas
- Obtaining cell phones (if needed)
- Getting to know the staff and other students
- Survey of students' interests
- Shopping for school supplies and uniforms
- Details on the academic calendar and schedule
- Details on the academic program, college expectations, and transcripts
- Introduction to Table PC and various computer programs
what to bring
The What to Bring list is emailed to residents as part of the matriculation packet.
The staff at Moreau Hall will ensure that your needs, including meals, furniture, and toiletries, and access to transportation, are met. You will be responsible for the cost of incidental supplies, clothing, and other shopping items.
in the classroom
Small class sizes allow for a variety of teaching methodologies to be used within classes in our Upper School. Many teachers utilize the Socratic Method for instruction, creating an atmosphere where teachers and students engage in conversation regarding the material presented. Students are expected to actively engage in classroom discussions, as possible, but with an understanding of international students' initial difficulty with the English language. Project-based learning and traditional lectures are also methods of teaching employed by the faculty. Generally, classes are characterized as being open and lively as students and teachers actively pursue learning. The teacher is perceived more as a guide, a mentor, to students rather than the source of information.
Meet the Moreau Hall family
Morgan Fontenot, Director of Residential Life at Moreau Hall
Born and raised in South Louisiana, Morgan strives to learn about various cultures. She is a graduate from University of Louisiana at Lafayette where she obtained a BA in English with a concentration in professional writing and a minor in organizational communication. She is a published online and magazine writer for publications such as Quick Slants Magazine, Odyssey Online, The Vermilion Newspaper, and An Extraordinary Life. As a former volleyball coach and catechism teacher, Morgan has a wealth of experience in guiding the youth on their spiritual journeys as Catholic students. She understands the daily struggles of teenage life in the 21st century. In 2016, she and her family hosted an exchange student from Germany and has been grateful for the experience of living with an international student. She believes this experience has helped her to better understand culture by being a support system to teenagers who live away from their family. Morgan looks forward to welcoming the students to Moreau Hall and giving them an experience they will never forget.
Kennedy Fontenot, Assistant Director of Residential Life at Moreau Hall
Hailing from Iowa, Louisiana, Kennedy began her journey at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 2013. She graduated in 2018 with a Bachelor’s in Speech Pathology and a minor in Psychology. In college, she was the Recruitment Director for her sorority, a member of the Student Orientation Staff and Leadership team, and a Residential Assistant in the dorms for 2.5 years. She has been involved in different areas in the Sacred Heart community (the Equestrian Center, Late Leavers, Moreau Hall), Kennedy believes this truly is a place that keeps on giving. She takes great pride in facilitating safe and open spaces for everyone to feel heard and loved. She has loved building relationships with the residents and watching them grow into bright and intelligent young people.
Ms. Wilda Richard, honorary mother of Moreau Hall
“Ms Wilda”, as we affectionately refer to her, has been employed at Sacred Heart for over 50 years! She has much experience with young women living in the residential hall and a deep knowledge of the school’s history. Born and raised in the Grand Coteau area, she knows the local community very well. A joyful community builder and an avid dancer, she will never miss an opportunity to attend local music events. Her genuine love for and understanding of the young women is a great asset for Moreau Hall.
Ms. Mandy Landry Staff Member
Mandy grew up in Eunice, Louisiana. She graduated from a local Catholic school that she attended from kindergarten through twelfth grade. After high school, she pursued her dream of being of service to others by becoming a nurse and has been specializing in neurosurgery for the last 22 years. She is also a devoted mom to her twelve-year-old son. Mandy enjoys cooking, traveling, gardening and anything to do with the outdoors, such as camping, hiking, and exploring new places. She feels it is a blessing and honor to be able to work with the girls and staff at Moreau Hall, where everyone is family.
Ms. Gaby Scelfo US Faculty & staff Member
Raised mostly in Lafayette, Louisiana, Gaby Scelfo has a love for the area and culture that brought her back as an adult. She attended Millsaps College for her undergraduate degree where she earned a BA in Literature and a minor in American studies. She went on to attend University College Dublin in Dublin, Ireland, where she earned an MA in Irish Literature and Culture. Her time out of state and abroad gave her an appreciation and respect for other cultures. In addition to her RA role, Gaby is an Upper School teacher at both the Academy of the Sacred Heart and Berchmans Academy. Gaby has great experience in how to help guide and support young people, especially when living away from home. She is passionate about helping young people find the tools to help them overcome obstacles, whether academic or personal. Gaby looks forward to being a part of Moreau Hall and helping the students have a wonderful time here.
Faculty & Staff
Below, you will find a list of key people on campus. When you arrive, we will introduce you to everyone and show you where their offices are located.
Dr. Yvonne Adler, Head of School
Ms. Morgan Fontenot, Director of Moreau Hall
Mrs. Angela Hymel, Division Head
Mrs. Lauren LaFosse, Dean of Students
Mrs. D'Lane Thomas, Director of Admissions
Mrs. Elizabeth Hansen, College Counselor
Mrs. Laura Paddock, RN, School Nurse
Mrs. Jessica Fontenot, MS, LPC, RPT, School Counselor
Mrs. Tressa Miller, Director of Finance
Mrs. Angela Hymel, Division Head, will meet individually with each student to create a schedule for the year, including the student's preferences as well as the graduation requirements.
The counseling program is an integral part of the total educational process at ASH. Our counselor provides weekly individual counseling every week to any student in need of support. An advocate for every student, she utilizes a proactive approach so that our students know how to handle situations that may arise. Our residents have access to the counselor after school hours during an extreme crisis. A portal enable students to confidentially schedule appointments. Additionally, parents, teachers, and students have access to a well-organized display of mental health resources and activities through Google Classroom.
Meet our Head of school
Dr. Yvonne Adler, Head of School holds a master's degree from Louisiana State University, a Master's Degree plus 30 hours, including coursework from Tulane University in Supervision and Administration, and a Doctoral Degree from the University of New Orleans. In addition to her academic, awards, and publications, Dr. Adler has also earned recognition by the State of Louisiana in the field of public education; she has been appointed by the Louisiana Department of Education to advisory councils and task forces devoted to reforms in special education, and she served as Chairman of the State Special Education Advisory Council from 1998-2006. Prior to joining the Academy in Grand Coteau, Dr. Adler served as the Upper School Division Head at our sister school, the Academy of the Sacred Heart in New Orleans (Rosary). Dr. Adler's immersion in the Mission of Sacred Heart education is evident in her membership on numerous Sacred Heart Commission on Goals (SHCOG) Visiting Committees and Boards of Trustees.
The Upper School college counselor meets with all students individually and in groups to discuss the college selection and application process. College planning activities include discussions on college entrance testing, choosing a college major, scholarships, and financial aid. Additionally, the Upper School uses the online program, Naviance, used by students to obtain information about colleges, as well as track the application process. The counselor uses this program to communicate information to students as well as track data during the college application process.
The Academy of the Sacred Heart is located in Grand Coteau, a short drive from Lafayette, the third largest city in Louisiana and cultural center of Louisiana's Acadian heritage. South Louisiana is indeed a place with rich history, rooted in French, Spanish, and Caribbean cultures. These diverse cultures come together to create art and architecture, music and dance, food and celebrations, and a unique "joie de vivre."
Grand Coteau is a magnet for photographers and architecture lovers! It has received the designation of historical district, as it is one of the earliest settlements in Southwest Louisiana and features some beautiful, historic structures. Its rural charm plays an important role in the Academy's location and history. Main Street currently features coffee shops, restaurants, antique stores, a bakery, etc.
Acadiana, or the Heart of Acadiana, the official name given to the French Louisiana region that is home to a large Francophone population. Many are of Acadian descent and Louisiana creoles, as well as other populations coming from the Caribbean, Spain, and Germany. Distinctive because of its cuisine (crawfish, boudin, jambalaya, gumbo, red beans and rice, seafood, etc.) and the wide variety of music festivals that pack nearly every weekend in the Spring and Fall.
Lafayette has a thriving arts community, consisting of theatre, visual arts, and music. Southern Living magazine, the ultimate insider's guide to Southern culture, recipes, travel, and events, has referred to Lafayette as "The Tastiest Town in the South." Lafayette is also known as the home of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, a coeducational, public research university. It has the largest enrollment within the nine University of Louisiana System and has the second largest enrollment in the State of Louisiana. Sacred Heart is located 20 minutes from the Atchafalaya Basin, a unique geographical area rich in beauty and wildlife and areas that have yet to be explored. In the course of the year, students visit other areas of Louisiana of historical and cultural significance, such as New Orleans.
New Orleans is the largest city in Louisiana and one of the principal cities of the South. Because it was built on a great turn of the Mississippi River, is it known as the Crescent City. The population of New Orleans, including Anglos, French, Blacks, Italians, Irish, Spanish, and Cubans, reflects a cosmopolitan makeup. the pot of New Orleans is one of the world's largest and ranks first in the United States in tonnage handled. The most important annual tourist event is Mardi Gras, which is celebrated the week before the start of Lent. The Superdome, an enclosed sports stadium, attracts major sporting events and is an element in achieving the city's position as a leading convention center. New Orleans is noted for its fine restaurants, for its Dixieland jazz, and for its numerous cultural and educational facilities. Tulane (1829), Dillard (1869), and Loyola (1949) universities are major institutions of higher learning. The French Quarter is the site of the original city and contains many of the historic and architecturally significant buildings for which New Orleans is famous.
Weather in South Louisiana can be very warm and humid in the summer, early fall, and spring. It will be somewhat cooler from December through February. Our warmest temperatures can be 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Occasionally, cold snaps and freezes may occur, in some cases reaching very low temperatures. We do get plenty of rain and we recommend that you bring or purchase a raincoat or jacket. On average, we see four to five inches of rain per month. We rarely see snow, although a few snowflakes have fallen on occasion. It is best to bring clothing that can be layered, more layers in cold weather and fewer layers in warm weather.
Developing a sense of community is a valuable goal in the Academy of the Sacred Heart Upper School.
New students are quickly integrated into the community with a "sorting" ceremony, placing each new member of the community into one of four school "Houses" during the first week of school. Throughout her years at Sacred Heart, a student will belong to this House, participating in periodic fun competitions with each year culminating in a House Championship.
In early September, students work closely with members of their class in Spirit Week projects and performances to showcase class spirit for the rest of the Sacred Heart community.
Students can also participate in many different clubs and organizations on campus, including the Campus Ministry Team, the Social Justice Club, Couteau Courier. Clubs change every year, depending on student interest. Other examples of clubs include: the Fashion Society, the Environmental Club, the Musicians Alliance, Cooking/Home Economics Club, School Spirit Club, FIAT (Faith in All Things), Poetry, among others. Students are also encouraged to participate in Quiz Bowl, student government, and various athletic team opportunities.
We recommend that you have a credit card for emergency and incidental expenses. We encourage you to speak with a representative in your home country about the best credit card plan for international travel. You should also have some cash on hand to cover incidental expenses for the beginning of your stay. This can also be wired or brought to the Business Office at the beginning of the school year.
contact with financial questions
Mrs. Tressa Miller, Director of Finance and Operations, 337.662.7060
All students are required to have medical coverage insurance. International students are required to purchase the Gold Plan Insurance from Independent School Management (ISM).
All meals are provided to the residents.
FLIK Dining operates our dining hall. On weekends, the residents enjoy a leisurely breakfast in Moreau Hall and local cuisine during off campus activities. Lunch is prepared daily for everyone. Each evening, everyone enjoys dinner together. FLIK Dining offers a variety of healthy options for all students, including vegans, vegetarians, and students with special dietary needs.
flik's food philosophy
As a culinary driven organization from inception, FLIK's focus has always been cooking from fresh whole foods and using quality ingredients. Our mission is to provide wholesome, nutritious meals that fuel the minds of our campus communities, each day.
how are menus created?
The on-site chef creates menus with local/regional flavors and ingredients. they receive guidance, training, and suggestions for on-trend, innovative ideas from a central FLIK culinary, nutrition, and marketing team.
what if i have an allergy or special dietary need?
FLIK believes in a customized approach to serving students with special dietary needs. We receive support from registered dietitians regarding training, operation management, and communication to ensure safety. Staff is educated about healthful, safe food preparation. Wholesome ingredients and balanced menus allow students to make their own choices within already-defined healthful boundaries. Ongoing food safety training led by our on-site executive chef in partnership with our safety and sanitation consultants, ensures our staff is equipped with the knowledge to serve your student safely. The staff are also required to attend a comprehensive food allergy training session taught by our nutrition specialist each semester. They learn the basics of food allergies and their role as foodservice providers to serving individuals with food allergies safely. We always welcome input from the community as every school is different.
monday - friday
7:00 AM Wake-up, dress for school
7:00 AM - 7:30 AM Breakfast in the Dining Hall or Goûter Room
7:25 AM - 7:40 AM Clean rooms, morning medications dispensed
7:45 AM Residents leave for school
7:55 AM - 3:15 PM School Hours
3:00 PM Dismissal bell rings, Goûter Room opens for snacks
3:00 PM - 5:15 PM Outing/errand/s activities
5:15 PM - 5:25 PM Study preparation and dinner preparation
5:30 PM Dinner
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM Supervised Study (Students who have grades of 85 or above earn independent study)
8:30 PM Nighttime medications dispensed
8:30 PM - 9:55 PM Free time
9:45 PM Goûter Room Cleaners- clean up Goûter Room
9:55 PM Turn in phones and electronics (if required)
10:00 PM Quiet time fro all residents (everyone in their own rooms)
10:00 PM Lights out for residents (grades 8-11)
11:00 PM Seniors lights out
10:00 PM - 11:00 PM Late Study with permission for Grades 9-12 residents
5:30 PM Dinner
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM No study
8:30 PM - 9:55 PM Free time / possible outing
saturday - sunday
We see weekends as a time to re-center, to recharge, and to build community. Mealtimes are more flexible to allow for more resting and relaxing time. On Saturdays, the residents enjoy an activity day which consists of outings in the community. Local opportunities are numerous: ice-skating, shopping, movies, Sacred Heart dances, theatre performances, art museums, visiting national forests and zoos, university athletic events, and festivals that celebrate Louisiana culture. On Saturday night, the residents usually enjoy an evening out at a local restaurant or a local venue. On Sunday morning, the residents attend Mass. The afternoon is usually devoted to resting, cleaning up, and doing homework. IN the late afternoon, residents cook a Sunday dinner that they enjoy as a family meal. Study Hall usually follows dinner. Note that dispense of medication is consistent throughout the weekend.
Moreau Hall occasionally takes trips out of town for the weekend (New Orleans, Baton Rouge, or Florida beaches). Transportation for the residents is either by van or bus.
Academics / English Language Support for non-native speakers
Sacred Heart provides a supportive environment that addresses individual needs and allows students to develop the cultural understanding and performance skills necessary to function appropriately and successfully in both academic and social situations. All international students submit a TOEFL score as part of their application. If their TOEFL score is between 40 – 79 they are place in the ESL program. Upon arrival at Sacred Heart, all international students are given an assessment to measure their verbal and written English proficiency.*
Students are given an assessment to measure their listening, speaking, reading and writing proficiency in English. Based on their diagnostic results, international students are enrolled in English (ESL) for one period. International students take six additional classes with U.S. students. These classes apply toward graduation from Sacred Heart. After a student’s first year at Sacred Heart, placement in a traditional English course is determined by the student’s proficiency* in the English language. Once a student scores an 80 on the TOEFL test, a common minimum score required by selective U.S. colleges and universities for admission, they join the ELA program. All placement decisions require the approval of the division head.
Ms. Hélène Châtelain de Pronville is the ESL instructor at Sacred Heart. Ms. Châtelain de Pronville received a Master’s degree from the University of Texas and has been at Sacred Heart since 2007.
English basics classes are designed to enable our International students to access mainstream curriculum and to achieve their personal best in the school setting. The objectives are:
To make purposeful choices regarding English grammatical structures.
To read and analyze American novels.
To write academic essays that skillfully analyze, compare/contrast, or explain literature, articles, etc.
To increase academic/non-academic verbal communication skills.
Students will be able to refine their language skills through various assignments:
essays and research papers, frequent journal writing and short writing assignments
verbally expressing/refuting/qualifying of opinions during small or large group discussions
written and oral communicative grammar activities and assignments
The program is a standards-based curriculum which integrates different approaches. Indeed, the course is flexible and based on the needs of the learners in the program. Students are provided with instructional materials that are age and level appropriate. Learners receive direct instruction using realia, vocabulary, concrete based materials, background instruction, graphic organizers, practice, and other appropriate strategies.
*English proficiency is defined as the student’s ability to effectively listen, speak, read, write, and analyze information in the English language as determined through an assessment by the staff at the Academy of the Sacred Heart.