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Diversity at Sacred Heart Schools

History of Commitment to Diversity
Sacred Heart Schools is a member of the Network of Sacred Heart Schools, which has 24 schools in the United States and Canada. Sacred Heart schools total more than 200 schools in 40 countries worldwide.

Our commitment to diversity, inclusion and multiculturalism is at the very root of the philosophy of our foundress, St. Madeleine Sophie Barat, and is a core value embodied within the Goals and Criteria of Sacred Heart Schools. More than 200 years of educational experience grounded in a fundamental belief in the dignity of every human person continues to teach us that diversity enriches our community, strengthens our programs and enhances each student’s total development: spiritual, intellectual, emotional and physical.

Read our full Sacred Heart Schools Diversity Statement.

Religious Diversity
Sacred Heart Schools is an independent, Catholic school that welcomes children of all faiths. Twenty faiths and denominations are represented in the student body. Sixty to 70% of the student body is Catholic. Thirty to 40% of students come from from a wide variety of faith traditions, both Christian and non-Christian.

Racial, Cultural and Ethnic Diversity
This year, the Schools enrolled 181 students of color. SHS students and parents hail from 35 different countries and about 10% of our students speak 27 different languages at home. Countries represented include Afghanistan, Australia, Brunei, Canada, Ecuador, Eritrea, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Guatemala, India, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Liberia, Mexico, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peoples Republic of China, Peru, the Philippines, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, Vietnam and Yemen.

Economic Diversity
Our commitment to financial aid continues to grow. Collectively, students attending with the help of financial aid represent approximately 20% of our enrollment. Each year funds are set aside to help underrepresented groups.

Geographic Area Served
Students come from approximately 36 zip codes throughout the Chicago area, ranging from Hyde Park in the south to Wilmette in the north. Approximately 40% of the student body comes from Lincoln Park and Lakeview.

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