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After School Program

Sacred Heart is open after school for all sorts of fun, academic and personal enrichment. From Beginning Acoustic Guitar Lessons, Voice Lessons and Book Clubs to Mad Science, After School offers a variety of courses.

Spring Sports Session - April 24 - May 19

Registration for Spring After School Classes - Sports & Dance is Closed

Remember: You are registered only if you receive confirmation of your class schedule.

**Late Registrations will not be accepted**

Financial Aid is not offered for Spring Session after school classes.

However, If you are registering for Spring Piano Lessons, please contact the Finance office to inquire about financial assistance.


  • April 3: Registration ends and financial assistance requests due (Parents will be notified by April 5)
  • April 12: Payments and re-registration for families with cancelled classes due
  • April 24: Sports Session Begins
  • May 19: Sports Session Ends

You may download a copy of the class booklet or view below.

Select Clubs & Classes

Debate Team

Debate is an academically rigorous competition for Middle School Academy and Hardey students. The debate season runs from mid-October through the championship tournament in mid- March. Click here for more information.

Debate 2016-17 kick off will be Thursday, September 22 (3:45-4:45 pm) and Friday, September 23 (2:45-3:45 pm).

*** Debate will meet this Thursday, September 29 3:45-4:45 and Friday, September 30 2:45-4p.m.***

Ms. Savy Leiser will return as our Head Coach. Ongoing Debate Practices will start October 6 and meet weekly Thursdays, 3:45-4:45 pm and Fridays, 2:45-4:30 pm

Debate Tournaments are scheduled for the following dates:

Saturday, October 22
Saturday, December 17
Saturday, January 28
Saturday, February 25
Finals – Saturday, March 25

2016/17 Chicago Middle School Debate League
Conference Roster

Middle School “A” Conference

Louisa May Alcott Elementary School
Dr. Bessie Rhodes Global Studies
Hardey Preparatory School
Lincoln Elementary School
Ogden Elementary School
Old St. Mary’s
Academy of the Sacred Heart

More league information can be found here.

To register, click the icon in the upper right hand corner.

Music Lessons

Band (Grades 4-8)
Students new to band: We invite new students to band to join. There is an instrument fitting session offered to each interested child in mid-September and lessons start in late September/early October. There are weekly group lessons by section one morning before school (7:40-8:20 am), periodic ensemble rehearsals are held on Friday mornings with returning band members and a spring performance. Instruments include brass, wind and percussion.

Returning band members: Starting in mid-September, the ensemble rehearses weekly on Friday mornings from 7:30-8:15 am. Performances are scheduled throughout the year.

Choir (Grades 3-8)
All students in 3rd - 8th grade are invited to participate in the Sacred Heart Liturgical Choir. Rehearsals are held on Tuesdays in the chapel, starting in late-September, immediately after school until 4:30 pm. Ms. Becker leads the choir during school liturgies. If you would like to join the choir or return for another great year, register via UltraCamp website, starting early August .

Glee Club (Grades 6-8)
Sacred Heart Glee Club, under the direction of Justin Nixon, Middle School Music Teacher, is open to new and returning students in grades 6-8. Practice is held on Wednesday mornings, starting early September from 7:20-8:15 am in the chapel. The Glee Club performs at various on and off-campus gatherings throughout the year.

Guitar (Beginning & Intermediate)
Randi Russo, Instructor, offers private guitar lessons to beginner through intermediate levels. Beginners will learn the essential open chords and basic strumming patterns, as well as note-reading to build a foundation for music. Intermediate will elevate their guitar playing by learning barre chords, basic lead guitar techniques, continued note-reading, tablature, fingerstyle guitar, creative songwriting and more. No matter what level, the students will acquire new skills and techniques by learning songs they love, with focus on rock/pop/folk songs. Students will need their own guitar.

Private Piano Lessons (Suzuki Method) are offered weekly to students in grades K-8 from 3:30-5:45 pm. Lessons are taught by Mrs. Witos, a faculty member of the Music Institute of Chicago. Note: The Suzuki Method of teaching requires a parent to be present at the child's lessons and receive training as a practice partner to the child.

Private Voice Lessons, taught by Mr. Justin Nixon, Middle School Music Teacher, are offered weekly (Wednesdays & Thursdays) to students grades K-5. Students meet for 30 minutes between 3:30-6 pm.

Sacred Heart Band - Instrument Fitting


Instrument Fitting Session for Students New to Band!

We are excited to be entering the fifth year of Sacred Heart Schools Band and welcoming new musicians in grades 4 to 8 to join the group! The purpose of this letter is to share some specific details about how you can sign your child up to get involved!

Assignment of Instruments Interested students are invited to register for an instrument fitting session which will be held afterschool September 28th and 29th after school between 3:45 and 5:15pm. Each student will have an opportunity to try different instruments and Mr. Mikolay will then assist them with their preferences. Please do not rent or purchase an instrument until Mr. Mikolay and your child have made an instrument determination.

Know that your child should plan on staying in afterschool on the day of the instrument fitting and can be picked up via the regular afterschool dismissal (Rosemont dismissal from 4:45-5 pm or by coming through the Portry AFTER 5 pm). Afterschool is in session until 6pm.

Please click here to download a copy of the sign-up form and return it no later than Monday, September 26 to Dr. Sharp by kidmail or emailing your preferences. We will confirm by email your session day and time)

Information about your instrument assignment will be communicated to you as soon as we are able.

Rehearsals Starting the week of October 3rd sectional music lessons will be held each week before school from 7:45-8:15 a.m. Students will attend these group lessons once per week and days will be assigned once instruments are chosen. We anticipate that the year-end performance will be scheduled for early May during Celebrate the Arts Week and that the new band members will join the returning musicians for an additional weekly rehearsal as that concert approaches.

Equipment and Fees Students must provide their own instruments and when students are assigned their instrument we will share with you a list of suggested ways for renting or purchasing the musical instrument. All musicians will need a music stand for home use and will be expected to purchase a music book (@ $10-20) based on their instrument choice. We will provide you the details of what book to purchase when instruments are assigned. There are no other fees involved with the program.

Please let me know what questions I can answer for you as we move forward with this exciting endeavor!

Science Olympiads

Science Olympiads is a team activity for students in grades 6–8 to learn skills covering a variety of topics, such as Disease Detectives, Fossils and Engineering/Build Events. Students may participate in two or more defined events.

At the beginning of the school year, Middle School students interested in trying out for the team will receive an Informational Letter and signup sheet that will need to be returned to your Middle School Science Teacher.

All students interested in trying out will be expected to:

  1. Attend three days of event demonstrations held after school (students with conflicts can make arrangements with the Science Olympiad coordinators to acquire necessary prep materials). Dates will be announced in early September.
  2. Study a prep packet which will be handed out at the event demonstrations.
  3. Participate in individual and group testing.

Wednesday afternoons after school are tentatively scheduled as the meeting day (3:30-5pm.). Some morning before-school practices will also be scheduled to accommodate students’ schedules. There will be a couple of Saturdays in the fall that students will need to be present.

Parents of team members will be expected to actively participate as coaches and assistants.

There are two event competitions which include Regionals, held in March, and State, held in April.


Cub Scouts

Cub Scout Pack 4250 is in its fourth year and currently has three dens of cub scouts ranging in grades 2-5.

If you are interested in your son joining one of our existing dens or if you would like to assist one of the dens, please contact David Christian at (312) 282-5282.

Girl Scouts
Girl Scout Troops meet after school on weekday afternoons on select days. If you are interested in becoming a future leader or your daughter joining a troop, contact Brenda Asare

Math Club

Math Club is available to students in grades 6-8 and meets on Thursday mornings, 7:30-8:15am

Math Club starts in early September and runs until mid-April.

Mr. David Gusaas, Middle School Math Teacher is the Advisor.

To register, visit the Ultra Camp website. If joining after September, simply attend class and your name will be added to the roster. You do not have to re-register (online) at the beginning of each class session.

Test Prep

Test Prep for 8th graders will be offered twice a week on Tuesday and Thursday from 3:40-4:40p.m.

The class book to used is The Princeton Review: Cracking the SSAT & the ISEE. The cost of the book will be included in the registration fee. This class is specifically designed for 8th grade students who are preparing to take high school entrance exams. Students are expected to attend class both daysl

To register, visit Ultra Camp website.

Test Prep 2016 Schedule

Week 1: ---------------------- Thursday, September 29
Week 2: Tuesday, October 4 Thursday, October 6
Week 3: ----------------------- Thursday, October 13
Week 4: Tuesday, October 18 Thursday, October 20
Week 5 Tuesday, October 25 Thursday, October 27
Week 6 Tuesday, November 1 Thursday, November 3
Week 7: Tuesday, November 8 ----------------------------
Week 8 Tuesday, November 15 Thursday, November 17
Week 9 Tuesday, November 22 -----------------------------
Week 10 Tuesday, November 29 Thursday, December 1
Review Session: Tuesday, January 10

HSPT Entrance Exam - Saturday, January 14


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