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


Grades 1-8, 2022-23

The number of openings in Grades 1-8 varies from year to year, depending on the attrition of current students. We usually have specific information to share with prospective families in March after re-enrollment is complete.

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


Submit your application via Ravenna. There is no fee to submit an application to Grades 1-8.

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. 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 2020-21 academic year
· Most recent report card from the 2021-22 academic year
· Results of any standardized testing administered by your school or by an outside evaluator, if available

This information must be on file with the Admissions Office before an assessment can be scheduled. 


Selected weekdays, October through May, via Zoom

Join us for a virtual Information Session to hear from 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 with current parents. Sacred Heart prioritizes families committed to Sacred Heart education through 8th grade; therefore, all parents are asked to learn about our SK - 8th grade program. 

STEP FOUR:  SCHEDULE a parent meeting

Weekdays, October through May, via Zoom

Meet virtually with a member of the Admissions Team to share information about your family, discuss the admissions process, and ask any questions you may have about Sacred Heart Schools. All parents/guardians are encouraged to attend. For your planning, meetings generally range from 45 to 60 minutes.


Beginning January 2022, via Zoom

To help preserve the health and safety of our communities during the pandemic, we have transitioned from our traditional on-campus assessments to virtual assessments via Zoom. The length of the assessment varies from 30 to 60 minutes, based on the age of the applicant. 

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.

STEP SIX:  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 or paper copies can be downloaded below.

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

STEP SEVEN:  Class visit day & division head meeting

Beginning in spring 2022, Sacred Heart hopes to once again schedule full-day class visits for applicants to grades 1-8. Should restrictions ease, applicants will be invited to spend a day with their grade-level peers, participating in classes and getting to know students and faculty. 

During this shadow day, parents will be invited to meet with the head of the division to which their child is applying. This is a great time to address any final questions you may have about Sacred Heart Schools. If an in-person visit is not possible, this meeting will happen via Zoom. 

The Admissions Team will contact you to schedule a convenient day. 


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