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Welcome from the head of school

It is an amazing time at Princeton Academy!

Inspired by our mission and our boys, our community has come together to build a shared vision for the future of Princeton Academy - Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart's vision is to lead a national reinvention of boys’ education for a new generation of enlightened men.

At Princeton Academy, “leading a national reinvention of boys’ education” means accentuating the influence of Princeton Academy’s Learning Principles for Boys while living our Sacred Heart Goals during these wonderfully vibrant and powerfully formative Kindergarten through Grade 8 years.

Soaring With Heart

At Princeton Academy, each boy is known, valued and cared for; he is part of a community that supports his development as a student and his spirituality and character as a citizen of the world.

Our mission is more relevant than ever. In the spirit of gratitude that we instill in our boys through our signature Friday Thank Yous, I would like to thank everyone who has contributed over the life of our school to make Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart the best place for boys to learn and grow. Princeton Academy resides on a beautiful 50-acre campus equipped with 21st century intentionally designed learning spaces, a premier Chapel Library for boys and Sacred Spaces throughout campus.

With foresight, we have built our school to be one of the most sustainable campuses in all of Princeton. At its core, Princeton Academy empowers boys to soar with heart and will do so forever.

Come And See For Yourself

I encourage you to browse our website to learn more about how we bring out the best in boys. In addition, I look forward to welcoming you on campus - there is no substitute for witnessing and experiencing in person the palpable energy of Princeton Academy! One look at our boys in action and it is obvious that something wonderful is happening here. Go HAWKS!

Soaring with heart,
Alfred (Rik) F. Dugan III P '21, '27


Head of School Blog

Thrive, Grow, Be Happy and Live Full Lives
  • Letters from the Head of School
Alfred (Rik) F. Dugan III

One of my great joys as Princeton Academy’s head of school is having the opportunity to share with secondary school admission directors just how awesome, unique, and special each and every one of our eighth graders is. As part of Princeton Academy’s secondary school placement process, Mr. Kenyon and I meet with each secondary school to personalize the process in the most human way possible - we help to share their stories. Our students are seen, known and cherished, and their diverse interests, accomplishments, and identities are appreciated by all who come to know them. I stand in awe and amazement of our young men - who they are, what they do, and how they lead in our world. It is my honor to advocate on their behalf.

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A Unique Private School For Boys

We believe that boys learn best when they are navigators of their own learning, deductively, when given clear goals and feedback, when they are not afraid of failure and through powerful relational experiences.

We also believe in the power of faith, intellectual values, service, community and responsibility in an atmosphere of wise freedom. A “new generation of enlightened men” is one comprised of creative, compassionate and courageous leaders of a just society.

They combine head and heart in their interactions and think of others before themselves. They care for the planet and each other, building others up with kindness and love while seeking to understand and celebrate the unique essence of all living beings. They embody mind, body and spirit. They have purpose.

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