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Grades 1-8, 2020-21

The number of openings for 1st grade and above varies from year to year, depending on the attrition of current students. We usually have specific information to share with prospective families in February or March after re-enrollment is complete.

New admission to 8th grade is limited and typically only available to families transferring from another Sacred Heart Network school. A waiver must be obtained from the Admissions Office before an 8th-grade application can be submitted.

The Admissions Team knows that every transfer applicant is unique. We work with each family to tailor a process sensitive to their individual circumstances. We encourage families to share report cards and standardized testing at the outset of the application process so that the Admissions Team can be of good counsel. Successful applicants typically have report cards that demonstrate above average academic abilities and behavioral development.

Admissions appointments can be scheduled through Ravenna, by calling the Admissions Office at 773.681.8494, or by emailing


Submit your application via Create an account and search for Sacred Heart Schools in the School Directory. There is no fee for applying.

From start to finish, the admissions process can take eight weeks or longer to complete, given family schedules and school holidays. We encourage interested families to apply as soon as possible to ensure the Admissions Office can respond promptly as openings occur. Completing the process by the middle of May, at the latest, is strongly recommended. If your current school has re-enrollment deadlines, it is wise to also keep these in mind when timing your application.


Along with your application, please provide your child’s:

· Final report card from the 2018-19 academic year
· Most recent report card from the 2019-20 academic year
· Results of any standardized testing administered by your school or by an outside evaluator, if available

Unfortunately, we cannot schedule appointments beyond the Parent Interview without report cards and standardized testing on file.

STEP THREE:  attend an admissions coffee

Selected mornings, October through May

If you have not yet toured Sacred Heart, please schedule a visit online or contact the Admissions Office at 773.681.8418. If possible, your tour should take place prior to your parent interview. Admissions Coffees are scheduled on selected mornings October-May. Quick Tours are offered on selected mornings year round. Both Admissions Coffees and Quick Tours require reservations.


Weekday mornings, October through May

During this meeting, you will be able to ask questions and share information about your family. Both parents should attend. Your child should not accompany you unless their assessment is scheduled for the same time. Meetings are about an hour.


Weekday mornings, October through May

Each applicant meets individually with a member of the Admissions Team for an academic assessment. The length of the assessment varies by the age of the applicant, from approximately 30 minutes to two hours. Children applying to 1st through 3rd grade work one-on-one with a member of the Admissions Team on literacy and math activities. Applicants to 4th through 8th grade take the Measure of Academic Progress (MAP), a computer-based assessment focusing on reading and math. A writing sample is also required. If your child takes the MAP test at their current school, a different assessment may be administered. Applicants cannot progress to a class visit until their assessment has been completed (unless coming from out of state).

STEP SIX:  class visit

November through May

Applicants will spend a day at Sacred Heart with their grade-level peers, participating in classes and getting to know students and faculty. For children applying to 1st grade, visits may be for the morning only. The Admissions Office will contact you to schedule your child's class visit. Class visits cannot be scheduled during the final weeks of the school year.


January through May

Please ask your current teacher(s) and principal to complete recommendations for your child. Sacred Heart uses the Lake Michigan Association of Independent Schools (LMAIS) Recommendation forms. Forms should be delegated to your teacher(s) and principal electronically through Ravenna or paper copies can be downloaded on our website.

  • · Applicants to Grades 1-5: Teacher Recommendation and Principal Recommendation required
  • · Applicants to Grades 6-8: English Recommendation, Math Recommendation and Principal Recommendation required


Notification is rolling as applicant files are completed and spaces become available. Enrollment agreements are due one to two weeks following notification.