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

High School Placement

"Our students are successful wherever they go. They have a leg up because of Sacred Heart." - Sue Heybach, High School Placement Counselor

Sacred Heart families benefit from a thoughtful and thorough high school counseling program that guides students through each step of the secondary school admissions process. Throughout the process, emphasis is placed on helping students find the school that is the best fit for them. As a result, our students make school choices that reflect their individual interests, learning styles and ambitions.

About the Process

Families meet with the high school placement counselor who assists them in gathering information on schools of interest, arranging school visit days and preparing students for admissions assessments, interviews and essays.

The Schools sponsor a high school fair each fall where admissions representatives from more than 40 local and boarding schools make themselves available to speak with parents and students about their programs. A test review course is offered after school that acquaints students with the various admissions tests they will encounter at the city’s independent, Catholic and selective-enrollment public high schools. As the application process draws to a close and acceptances are received, the counselor is happy to advise on final school choice, as each family deems necessary. Finally, 8th grade students have an opportunity to speak with Sacred Heart graduates to learn tips for making a successful transition from Sacred Heart to high school.


If you have questions regarding the high school counseling program, please contact:

Sue Heybach, MA LPC, NCC
Sacred Heart's High School Placement Counselor & Middle School Counselor
(773) 681-8451


In 2015, 95% of Sacred Heart 8th graders were accepted by their first-choice high school, and 57 out of 61 students were accepted into a CPS selective enrollment high school.

Where do our students go to high school?

St. Ignatius College Prep
Loyola Academy
Woodlands Academy

CPS Selective Enrollment
Jones College Prep
Lane Tech College Prep
Northside College Prep
Walter Payton College Prep
Whitney Young College Prep

Francis Parker
The Latin School of Chicago
North Shore Country Day School
University of Chicago Lab School

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