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Kindergarten Early Decision 2020-21

Children applying now for Early Decision 2020-21 were born from September 1, 2014 and August 31, 2015.

Early Decision is for families who are members of a preschool community other than Sacred Heart and who wish to remain there for their child’s junior kindergarten or four-year-old program, confident that a seat is reserved for their child in Sacred Heart’s senior kindergarten. Once enrolled via Early Decision, no further admissions process is required. About 70% of our senior kindergarten students will be new to Sacred Heart.

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 by December 10, 2018 via Ravenna-hub.com. Create an account and search for Sacred Heart Schools in the School Directory. There is a $75 fee for new families. Qualifying families can obtain a fee waiver by calling the Admissions Office.

STEP TWO: TOUR THE SCHOOL

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.

STEP THREE: SCHEDULE YOUR PARENT INTERVIEW

Weekday mornings, October through February

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 in length.

STEP FOUR: SCHEDULE YOUR CHILD'S DEVELOPMENTAL ASSESSMENT

Weekday mornings, October through February

Your child will meet individually with a member of our Admissions staff for a 20- to 30-minute assessment. Assessments are age-appropriate and developmentally-focused, centering on activities such as puzzles, blocks, drawing and word and number games.

STEP FIVE: PRESCHOOL OBSERVATION OR SACRED HEART PLAY PARTY

January and February

Preschool observations allow us to become better acquainted with children in an environment where they feel comfortable and know the classroom routine. Visiting arrangements will be made directly with the school, but you will be informed regarding the date. If your child is not enrolled in a preschool or if an observation cannot be scheduled, you will be asked to bring your child to a play party at Sacred Heart the morning of Monday, February 11, 2019.

STEP SIX: SUBMIT A TEACHER RECOMMENDATION

By January 1, 2019

Please ask your preschool teacher to complete a recommendation for your child. Sacred Heart uses the Lake Michigan Association of Independent Schools (LMAIS) Recommendation form. A form should be delegated to your child’s teacher electronically through Ravenna or a paper copy can be downloaded on this page.

ADMISSIONS NOTIFICATIONS AND CONTRACTS

Decisions will be announced on March 1, 2019. Contracts will be due March 11, 2019. Any spaces remaining after March 11 will be filled on a rolling basis.