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Senior Kindergarten Regular Decision 2020-21

Children applying now for senior kindergarten 2020-21 should be 5-years old by September 1, 2020, born September 1, 2014 through August 31, 2015.

Senior kindergarten is Sacred Heart’s primary entrance point and brings together children from both our junior kindergarten program and other excellent early childhood programs across Chicago. Regular Decision is for families who wish to apply to Sacred Heart on a traditional admission cycle, beginning the fall before their child is ready to enter senior kindergarten.

While Sacred Heart’s senior kindergarten is initially filled two years in advance with a combination of Early Decision applicants, siblings of current students, and children from our junior kindergarten program, spaces often become available for Regular Decision applicants in the year prior to senor kindergarten. The Admissions Office works closely with Regular Decision families through every step of the admissions process to ensure they are well informed and up-to-date as senior kindergarten spaces become available.

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 9, 2019 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:  attend an admissions coffee

Selected mornings, October through February, on our SK-8 campus

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 from 9:15 - 11:15 am. If you cannot attend an Admissions Coffee, 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, on our SK-8 campus

Parents meet with a member of our Admissions Team to share information about their family, discuss the admissions process and ask additional questions about Sacred Heart.  Both parents should attend. Your child should not accompany you. Interviews are about an hour.

STEP FOUR:  SCHEDULE YOUR CHILD'S DEVELOPMENTAL ASSESSMENT

Weekday mornings, October through February, on our SK-8 campus

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:  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, safe 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 on Monday, February 10, 2020 at 9 am or 10:30 am. We do not schedule observations at public or parish schools.

STEP SIX:  SUBMIT A TEACHER RECOMMENDATION

By January 1, 2020

Please delegate the Lake Michigan Association of Independent Schools (LMAIS) recommendation form to your child’s current preschool teacher electronically through Ravenna or download a paper copy from our website.  If your child is not enrolled in a preschool, another care-giver or instructor familiar with your child may complete the recommendation form.

ADMISSIONS NOTIFICATIONS AND enrollment agreements

Families are encouraged to complete the admissions process by February 12, 2020. Rolling notification begins February 28, 2020, as openings allow. Enrollment agreements are due March 16, 2020 or one week following notification..