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


Middle School:  Grades 6-8

Letter from Dan Gargano, Head of Middle School

The philosophy of the Middle School at Sacred Heart, both Hardey and the Academy, emanates from the Goals and Criteria of Sacred Heart Education. It directs that our mission is to educate the whole child: spiritually, intellectually, physically, socially and morally. As such, the Middle School is structured to meet the unique needs of young adolescents in a variety of ways.

Through daily prayer, weekly chapels and assemblies, liturgies and prayer services, sacramental preparation, and a diverse but Catholic-centered religion curriculum, the students are encouraged, regardless of their faith expression, to recognize the spiritual dimension of their personality and to grow in a personal and active faith in God that is relevant in today's world.

By way of a challenging and age-appropriate curricula, Middle School students strengthen their basic skills, while being guided into more complex and higher levels of investigation. This provides students with a strong foundation for their continuing education in secondary school and beyond. Throughout the curricula, the focus on developing a love of learning and applying knowledge to moral, intellectual, and social questions is maintained.

In order to more fully foster the understanding that we are members of an interdependent world, the community service program in the Middle School also is given the attention and importance it so clearly deserves. Students are participants in an ongoing program of involvement in our neighboring community, serving the needs of the elderly, the very young, and the disadvantaged. A process of discussion and reflection helps to develop and maintain the desire to make a difference in our world.

The Middle School Advisory Program is structured to provide further opportunities for Middle School students to grow in self-understanding in light of the Goals and Criteria of Sacred Heart Schools. This program provides for one-on-one meetings between a student and a faculty advisor, as well as small group advisory meetings. For the students, the program fosters courage and confidence, and nurtures, guides, and facilitates communication between the student, faculty, and parents.

Across the spectrum of experiences, the Middle School program focuses on each student as an individual with unique academic, social and emotional needs. Our goal is to honor each individual student's needs and to best assist her or him in growing into a young woman or man of the Sacred Heart.



Middle School Curriculum


Meg Steele
Head of Schools

Dan Gargano
Head of Middle School

Marjie Murphy
Director of Curriculum and Instruction