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


Middle School, Grades 6-8

Toward independence and self-reliance

Middle School moves from the homeroom setting of the younger grades into a departmentalized structure that features academic specialists for each subject area. The course work is demanding. Students tackle important and enduring writers like Homer and Shakespeare. They delve deep into the history of both the ancient and modern worlds. Science focuses on content (what we know) and process (how we come to know it) with investigations ranging from Elements and the Periodic Table to Invertebrate and Vertebrate Adaptations. The math curriculum takes students through Algebra I. Art, music, drama, foreign language (French or Spanish), technology, physical education and religion round out the curriculum.

The Middle School supports the needs of students to question and explore, to define their beliefs and move toward self-reliance. The program is structured along lines that allow each student to discover positive ways to earn the respect of their peers. Students build a sense of personal worth based on competence and meaningful participation.

While adolescents need room to discover their own identity, they also need the security of clear boundaries and caring adults willing to serve as mentors in this process.

An Advisory Program provides each student with a special adult advocate. Selected faculty members at each grade level serve as advisors to small groups of students, meeting with them daily to explore topics of special importance in early adolescence. On a regular basis, advisors also meet together as a team to plan activities, share insights and ensure a consistent, thoughtful experience for all students at grade level.

Middle School faculty appreciate adolescent's natural life progression. They are prepared to take on the roles of mentor and coach, creating opportunities for Middle School students to make decisions, articulate personal goals and meet the challenge of leadership as they prepare for high school and beyond.

The Sacred Heart Approach

The primary goal of the Sacred Heart Middle School program is to provide the widest possible range of intellectual and social experiences to early adolescents. Teachers, recognizing many learning styles, will adapt different approaches to different students to better prepare them for the rigorous demands of a college-prep high school and for life.

the academic team

Nat Wilburn
Head of Schools

Lisa Zimmer
Head of Primary School

Mary Ann Ligon
Head of Lower School

Dan Gargano
Head of Middle School

Sally Sharp
Head of Student Life

Marjie Murphy
Director of Curriculum & Instruction


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