Established in 1949, Sacred Heart Academy is a private Catholic secondary school. It has been recognized by the Blue Ribbon School of Excellence by the U.S. Department of Education. It is also approved by the New York State Board of Regents and the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. It offers advanced placement courses in English literature, calculus, American history, biology, chemistry, and Spanish language. In addition, it provides fine arts education and honors program. The school also offers athletic education in basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis and volleyball. The school has various clubs and organizes extracurricular activities, such as debates, drama and theater activities. The school is located in Hempstead, N.Y.