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Kindergarten Regular Decision 2019-20

Children applying for senior kindergarten 2019-20 will be 5-years old by September 1, 2019, with a birthdate from September 1, 2013 and August 31, 2014

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. For 2019-20, we anticipate 10 of our 80 senior kindergarten seats will be available for new applicants.

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 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, 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 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 beginning March 1, 2019, as openings allow. Contracts are due one week following notification.