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


Facts & Stats

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 welcome students of all races, religious beliefs and socioeconomic backgrounds.

School Day
Grades SK-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 pm

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

Student Body
Student body consists of 700 boys and girls from all over Chicago and its northern suburbs.

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

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.

Twenty-seven percent of students are persons of color. Twenty different languages are spoken in our families’ homes. Twelve percent of students are first-generation Americans. While 70% of students are Roman Catholic, about 20 different faith traditions are represented.

Student : Teacher Ratio
7:1 (Pre-K and JK)
9:1 (SK-8)

Average Homeroom Class Size

Faculty with Advanced Degrees

More than 450 students participate on nearly 30 teams across eight different sports.

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

Yearly tuition of:
Full-day Pre-K and JK: $21,740 (plus program and extended-day fees)
Half-day Pre-K and JK: $16,304 (plus program and extended-day fees)
SK-8: $21,740 plus $740 activity fee

Financial aid eligibility and award is based on each family’s demonstrated need.

Financial Aid
Approximately 20% of students receive need-based assistance totaling $2.5 million annually.

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

Four hundred 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.

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.

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.

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.

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