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Frequently Asked Questions


  • Process

  • Is preschool mandatory for admission to Kindergarten? Are there special feeder schools for Sacred Heart?
  • Can I schedule my child’s assessment at the same time as my parent interview?
  • Do you accept children who miss the September 1 birthday cut off for Kindergarten?
  • Are children with late summer birthdays automatically counseled to delay entrance to Kindergarten until the following year?
  • Do you accept new students into 8th grade?
  • Will it help my child’s chances for admission if I provide references or support the Schools’ fundraising efforts?
  • Assessment

  • What do you look for in a Developmental Assessment?
  • Can I be present in the room when my child is assessed?
  • Should I prepare my child for the assessment beforehand?
  • Will I get feedback after the assessment?
  • Decision

  • Who actually makes the admission decision?
  • Are siblings or legacies given preference for admission?
  • My child’s grades are low. How are grades factored into the admissions decision for older students?

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Bus Transportation

The SHS Bus Program is run 100% by parent volunteers in cooperation with the Schools. Eight buses provide service to and from Sacred Heart Schools in several neighborhoods where our children live: from the Gold Coast on the south, Lincoln Square on the North, Lincoln Park on the East and, Lakeview on the west. For more bus information, visit our Directions, Parking, Transportaion page,

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