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The Network of Sacred Heart Schools is nationally known for the excellence of its academic programs.


Sacred Heart Schools serves children in kindergarten through eighth grade in three academic divisions: Primary School, Lower School and Middle School. Each school is led by a Division Head who works closely with the students, faculty and parents of that Division. The intimacy of the three divisions maintains the family-like atmosphere and individual student attention for which Sacred Heart education is known.

The Head of Schools provides leadership for the institution as a whole and, along with the Board of Trustees, crafts the long-range vision for the Schools.

Individual Attention

Our 9:1 student to teacher ratio is among the best in Chicago. Class size averages 15-16 in kindergarten and 18-20 in first grade and above.


From the earliest grades, children study French, Spanish, art, music, technology, physical education and religion in addition to our core curriculum of language arts, math, social studies and science. An enrichment coordinator provides more intensive learning opportunities for children working ahead of the curriculum. Learning specialists support children who benefit from additional assistance.

At Sacred Heart, the world language program begins the study of French and Spanish in kindergarten and is offered through fifth grade. At the Middle School level, students are given the option of continuing in French or Spanish. Course work then continues through eighth grade.

Click below to view our Curriculum Guide for 2015-16.


Sacred Heart is unique in Chicago as an independent, Catholic elementary school. Our membership in the Network of Sacred Heart Schools insures a well-articulated mission and a school culture that is rich in tradition and history. We are accredited by the Independent Schools Association of the Central States and the National Association of Independent Schools.

Beyond the Classroom

A wide array of after school classes and extracurricular opportunities are available to children at the close of the school day and during the summer. Community service is emphasized at all grade levels, and provides unique learning experiences for our Middle School students.

After Sacred Heart

Sacred Heart’s high school placement counselor guides students and their families through each step of the secondary school admissions process. Our students are regularly admitted to the area’s leading Catholic, independent and public selective-enrollment high schools.

Academic Team

Nat Wilburn
Head of Schools

Lisa Zimmer
Head of Primary School

Mary Ann Ligon
Head of Lower School

Carolyn Rownd
Head of Middle School

Sally Sharp
Head of Student Life

Marjie Murphy
Curriculum Coordinator

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