The Board of Trustees has the responsibility for setting School policy and maintaining the School's financial health, in collaboration with the administration. The Board also employs and evaluates the Head of School. It manages the present needs of the School, while at the same time planning for the future and always remaining faithful to the School's mission, as expressed in the Goals and Criteria for Sacred Heart Schools in the United States. Sacred Heart’s Board of Trustees plays an active, strategic role in the affairs of Sacred Heart, with the School's daily operations in the capable hands of the administrative team.
All trustees have fiduciary obligations to the School; specifically, they have the duties of care, loyalty and obedience. Trustees must have no conflicts of interest. Trustees have an obligation to maintain confidentiality and to publicly support all board decisions. Trustees have an obligation to be informed, to act in good faith and to act in the best interest of the School.
The board operates through a series of standing committees. Occasionally, adhoc committees and task forces are created for particular needs. Each board member serves on at least one board committee and most members serve on more than one. The full board meets six times during the school year and each committee meets approximately six times annually. There are typically at least five trustees on each committee, and some also include administration members, non-trustee parents and others.
The Board of Trustees is composed of no less than 15 members and no more than 25 members, with the Head of School and presiding officers of the alumnae association and Parents' Association included as ex officio members during their respective terms of office. Members serve one or two three-year terms. At least three members of the board must be members of the Society of the Religious of the Sacred Heart. As is customary in independent schools, the board is self-perpetuating. This means that the trustees select their own successors. Criteria to be considered include diversity of talent and background, willingness to serve and perform the duties required, and prior efforts on behalf of Sacred Heart. The board is diverse in terms of talent, background and stage of life. What trustees have in common is a devotion to Sacred Heart and its mission, as expressed through involvement, hard work and generosity.