The elementary school curriculum nurtures and challenges students to have the grit and perseverance to develop into independent individuals who possess the characteristics and skills to navigate through their educational journey. Academic excellence is embedded within the Sacred Heart Goals and Criteria. Through collaboration and professional development of faculty and staff, lessons are designed in which students explore, investigate, and collaborate to ensure the growth of higher-order thinking skills, competent problem solving, and the ability to take risks. When facing an undesired outcome, students have the ability to regroup and approach the challenge in an alternate manner. Students are appreciated for their individual strengths, while academic expectations are based on where the student is both developmentally and cognitively. The ultimate outcome of a Sacred Heart education is students who have the confidence and tools to become individuals who can navigate through life and ultimately make a positive impact in their world.