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Sacred Heart preschool and SK-8 offers independent, Catholic education to students of all faiths. We are committed to academic excellence within the context of a Christian community. Sacred Heart welcomes students of all races, religious beliefs and socioeconomic backgrounds.


School Day
Preschool (Pre-K and JK): 8:30-11:15 am (M-F; half day); 8:30-3 pm (M-F; full day); optional extended day from 7:30 am-6 pm
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 for SK-8 from 7:15 am-6 pm

Location
SK-8 Campus: Chicago's Edgewater neighborhood, across from Lake Michigan and near Loyola University Chicago at 6250 N. Sheridan Rd.
Preschool Campus: Saint Andrew Greek Orthodox Church, 5649 N. Sheridan Rd., at Hollywood and Sheridan

Student Body
Student body consists of approximately 715 boys and girls from all over Chicago and its northern suburbs.

Divisions
Organized by Primary School (PS-2), Lower School (3-5) and Middle School (6-8). Click here for preschool.

Single-Gender
Classrooms are organized by gender at grade levels above senior kindergarten; girls are students of the Academy and boys are students of Hardey Prep. Many aspects of campus and student life are coeducational. Preschool and senior kindergarten are coed.

Diversity
Thirty percent of students are persons of color. Thirty-seven different languages are spoken in our families’ homes. Twelve percent of students are first-generation Americans. While 60% of students are Roman Catholic, more than 20 different faith traditions are represented.

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

Average Class Size (Preschool and SK-8)
18

Faculty with Advanced Degrees
70%

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

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

Cost
Please click here for current information on tuition and tuition assistance.
Tuition assistance 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.

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

Transportation
Four hundred SK-8 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. For SK-8, 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
In SK-8, 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
In SK-8, 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
At both the preschool and SK-8 campus, an onsite registered nurse assists sick or injured students, administers parent-authorized medications and advises on school-wide health and wellness practices.

Guidance
In SK-8, three counselors (one for each division) 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 Saint Ignatius College Prep or Loyola Academy.

Affiliations
Member of the Network of Sacred Heart Schools. Accredited by the Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS). Also a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) and Lake Michigan Association of Independent Schools (LMAIS).

To learn more about Sacred Heart's preschool and SK-8 program, click here.

PORTRAIT OF A GRADUATE

Using the five Goals and Criteria of Sacred Heart Schools as a foundation, a graduate of the Sacred Heart:

IS GUIDED BY FAITH
A Sacred Heart graduate is a strong witness of God's presence in him/herself, in others and in the world. Rooted in prayer and embracing all faiths, she/he lives Christian values by modeling love, respect, compassion, forgiveness and generosity.

IS PASSIONATE ABOUT LEARNING
Having completed a challenging and well-rounded course of study, a Sacred Heart graduate is an enthusiastic seeker of knowledge, committed to further learning. He/she has learned to think critically and creatively, work collaboratively and apply knowledge and skills from varied disciplines toward a thoughtful understanding of the world.

IS COMMITTED TO JUSTICE
A graduate of the Sacred Heart continues to develop a personal commitment to social justice through service and solidarity. He/she is an active, informed and responsible citizen both locally and globally. He/she is a mindful steward of the earth's resources and is committed to making the world a better place.

BUILDS AND MAINTAINS COMMUNITY
A Sacred Heart graduate embraces diversity in all its forms and respects individuals and communities from varied backgrounds and experiences. She/he embodies the guiding principles of nonviolence, conflict resolution and peacemaking.

IS DEDICATED TO PERSONAL GROWTH
A graduate of Sacred Heart Schools consistently seeks to engage in opportunities that enrich mind, heart, body and soul. She/he continues to develop decision-making and leadership skills, and understands how choices and actions affect individuals and the wider community.