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Grades 1-8, 2021-22

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 is 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, and we will work with your family to tailor a process sensitive to your individual circumstances. We encourage you 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 a history of positive classroom citizenship.

Admissions appointments can be scheduled through Ravenna, by calling the Admissions Office at 773.681.8494, or by emailing admissions@shschicago.org.

STEP ONE:  APPLY

Submit your application via Ravenna-hub.com. 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.

STEP TWO:  SUBMIT REPORT CARDS AND STANDARDIZED TESTING INFORMATION

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

· Final report card from the 2019-20 academic year
· Most recent report card from the 2020-21 academic year
· Results of any standardized testing administered by your school or by an outside evaluator, if available

Unfortunately, we cannot schedule any appointments involving your child without report cards and standardized testing on file.

STEP THREE:  attend a VIRTUAL ADMISSIONS INFORMATION SESSION

Selected weekdays, October through May, via Zoom

Zoom into an hour-long program with our Head of Schools, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, and current parents.  Each session begins with presentations on the Sacred Heart Network, mission, and educational philosophy and concludes with a question and answer session.

STEP FOUR:  SCHEDULE a talk and tour

Weekdays, September through May, via Zoom

Meet one-on-one with a member of the Admissions Team and take a personalized, virtual campus tour.  We'll introduce you to Sacred Heart and answer your questions in real time.  Meetings are about an hour.

STEP FIVE:  SCHEDULE YOUR CHILD'S academic ASSESSMENT

Beginning January 2021, via Zoom

For the 2020-21 admissions season, we are transitioning from our traditional on-campus assessments to virtual assessments via Zoom.The length of the assessment varies by the age of the applicant, from about 30 minutes to two hours. Children applying to 1st through 3rd grade work with a member of the Admissions Team on literacy and math activities. Applicants to 4th through 8th grade take a computer-based assessment, proctored by a member of the Admissions Team, focusing on reading and math. A writing sample is also required.

We may be able to waive the assessment for applicants who can provide standardized test scores from their current school or from a recognized testing agency.  Acceptable alternatives include: ERB (Educational Records Bureau), ITBS (Iowa Test of Basic Skills), ISEE (Independent School Entrance Exam), MAP (Measure of Academic Progress), Stanford Achievement Test, SSAT (Secondary School Admissions Test - Elementary School Level), and TerraNova. Other testing may also be acceptable. Please check with the Admissions Office. Submission of standardized test scores is strongly encouraged.

Applicants cannot progress to a class visit until an assessment has been completed.

STEP SIX:  TALK WITH A TEACHER (VIRTUAL) OR CLASS VISIT (ON CAMPUS)

January through May

If circumstances related to COVID-19 prevent us from offering on campus class visits, we will schedule a time for your child to meet virtually with a member of Sacred Heart's faculty. One parent should plan on being present for this meeting.  The length of the meeting will vary by the age of the applicant, but your child can anticipate a friendly, relaxed experience of 30 minutes or less. A Teacher Talk or class visit will only be scheduled after we have received your child's report cards and your child's assessment is complete.

STEP SEVEN:  SUBMIT RECOMMENDATION FORMS

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-hub.com 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

ADMISSIONS NOTIFICATION AND enrollment agreement

Notification is rolling as applicant files are completed and spaces become available. Enrollment agreements are typically due one week following notification.