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Catholic, Independent Elementary Schools Serving Chicago’s Children Since 1876

Quick Facts

Sacred Heart Schools on Sheridan Road are independent, Catholic, single-sex elementary schools committed to academic excellence within the context of a Christian community. Sacred Heart Schools welcomes students of all races, religious beliefs and socio-economic backgrounds.

School Day

Grades K-5: 8:30 am - 3:15 pm (M - Th); 8:30 am - 2:30 pm (F)

Grades 6-8: 8:30 am - 3:30 pm (M - Th); 8:30 am - 2:45 pm (F)

Extended Care

Free supervised program extends the day from 7:15 am - 6:00 pm.

Location

Chicago’s Edgewater neighborhood, across from Lake Michigan and near Loyola University.

Student Body

697 boys and girls from all over Chicago and its northern suburbs.

Divisions

Organized by Primary School (K-2), Lower School (3-5) and Middle School (6-8).

Single-gender

Classrooms are organized by gender; girls are students of the Academy and boys are students of Hardey Prep. Many aspects of campus and student life are coeducational.

Diversity

26% of students are persons of color. 20 different languages are spoken in our families’ homes. 12% of students are first-generation Americans. While 68% of students are Roman Catholic, about 20 different faith traditions are represented.

Student : Teacher Ratio

9:1

Average Homeroom Class Size

19

Faculty with Advanced Degrees

70%

Athletics

More than 450 students on nearly 30 teams participating in 8 sports.

Extracurriculars

More than 100 clubs and classes are offered before and after school each year.

Cost

$18,432 tuition and $640 activity fee. Financial aid eligibility and award is based on each family’s demonstrated need.

Financial Aid

18% of students receive need-based assistance totaling $1.7 million annually.

Service

Students, faculty/staff and parents perform 5,100 hours of community service each year.

Transportation

400 students ride school buses that serve much of the North Side of Chicago, with their families sharing the cost and chaperone duties. The school is a few blocks north of Lake Shore Drive and is well-served by CTA buses and the Red Line.

Uniforms

All students wear uniforms that vary by gender, grade level, and season. There are free-dress days throughout the year linked to charitable giving drives.

Lunch Program

A healthy, fresh organic lunch is provided daily for an annual fee. (Students may also bring lunch from home.)

Enrichment

Dedicated specialists work closely with classroom teachers to supplement the curriculum for children working at an accelerated pace and may benefit from additional challenges.

Learning Assistance

Dedicated specialists work closely with classroom teachers to support students needing individual attention to master grade-level skills and keep up with their peers.

School Nurse

An on-site registered nurse assists sick or injured students, administers parent-authorized medications, and advises on school-wide health and wellness practices.

Guidance

Two counselors work with faculty and parents to support the needs of students. Support groups are offered to students who have suffered a family loss through death, divorce or separation.

High School Transitions

A dedicated counselor supports middle school students and their parents through the high-school admissions process. Sacred Heart graduates go on to attend the top Chicago-area Catholic, independent, and selective–enrollment public high schools. About half go to St. Ignatius College Prep or Loyola Academy.

Continuity

80% of the class of 2015 attended all 9 years starting in kindergarten. (Most withdrawals happen when families move away.)

Affiliations

Member of the Network of Sacred Heart Schools. Accredited by the Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS).

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