Founded as a private school for boys, Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart (PASH) celebrates students in mind, body and spirit so they can grow into young men of character who strive to be leaders of a just society. 

The school encourages students to have active and creative minds, a sense of understanding and compassion for others and the courage to act on their beliefs. “Given the context of our world today, what we prioritize now more than ever is the social and emotional well-being of our students,” says Head of School Rik Dugan. “We believe deeply in creating a space where young men can be their best selves, and we seek to bring out the best in each and every boy.” 


Princeton Academy was founded in 1998 with the vision of reinventing education for boys in kindergarten through eighth grade. 

Guided by the Sacred Heart Goals and Criteria and Princeton Academy’s Learning Principles for Boys, PASH seeks to bring out the best in each boy and help him grow to become an enlightened man who is socially aware and morally centered. Graduates consistently attend the best high schools in the nation. 

“The concept of reinventing boys’ education allows us to really think about developing good men for tomorrow,” Dugan says. “We partner with families to raise boys who we strive to equip with a tool belt to solve global problems and make our world a better place, while also providing a compass to help him navigate the moral context of the world around him.” 


Students take advantage of an athletic program that prioritizes character development, sportsmanship and healthy competition as well as a vibrant arts program that encourages every student to engage in the visual, vocal and performing arts. The school’s speech and debate program is nationally recognized and empowers students to develop their voices. 

“It’s incredible to see young men become their best selves through both our robust academics as well as an array of co-curricular opportunities—students can explore new passions while diving deeper into the ones they’re already invested in,” Dugan says. “We take great pride in seeing, hearing and knowing each boy individually, and meeting him where he is on his journey as a person and as a learner. We use a phrase here—‘He Can Be.’ Because we believe he can be anything.” 

1128 Great Rd., Princeton

See What Our Readers Are Saying