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


Welcome from the Head of Schools

A remarkable education comes from the heart


Dear Prospective Parents,

What do children need to find fulfillment and success in a complex world? At Sacred Heart, we believe that children need a loving education that inspires confidence, is rigorous and well-rounded, and is rooted in the values of respect, compassion, generosity, grace, justice, and hope.

We see the proof. When students graduate, they leave Sacred Heart exceptionally well prepared for high school, and just as importantly, they also recognize a world beyond their own needs and are eager to make a contribution to it.

Our Catholic identity means that each child is encouraged to explore and deepen his or her relationship to God. We esteem reflection, prayer, and service. The cultivation of values and the courage to act accordingly are emphasized. As a Catholic school for families of all faiths, we invite every child to draw upon the strength and support that comes from a dynamic connection to one’s own faith tradition.

As an independent school, Sacred Heart has the freedom to develop a modern and flexible curriculum that both challenges and inspires. We expect ourselves to uphold, and our accrediting body ensures that we meet, the highest standards of educational excellence.

What ultimately makes Sacred Heart so special? We attribute our founding mothers—St. Madeleine Sophie Barat and the Society of the Sacred Heart—with establishing a transformative mission that guides us still today. Since 1876, we have provided Chicago’s children a caring and exemplary education rooted in values. Further, Sacred Heart is part of a global network of more than 150 schools and enjoys a local school community that is warm and inclusive.

Walk through our doors and feel the energy, spirit, and tradition of Sacred Heart. I know you will understand why a young person’s journey of the heart and mind here at Sacred Heart-Sheridan Road is so profound. Ours is an education that prepares our students for all that the future needs and holds.


Nat Wilburn
Head of Schools