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


Pre-Kindergarten 2021-22

Children applying now for pre-kindergarten 2021-22 should be 3-years old by September 1, 2021, born September 1, 2017 through August 31, 2018.

Sacred Heart’s pre-kindergarten program is located on our Preschool Campus at 5649 N. Sheridan Road on the grounds of Saint Andrew Greek Orthodox Church. A nurturing, first-school experience, the program is five days per week. Families may choose between a morning or full-day program. Extended day and summer options are also available.

Enrolling in Sacred Heart’s pre-kindergarten is the first step in a seamless Sacred Heart educational experience that takes children through 8th grade. Enrollment in our preschool guarantees your child's space in our junior and senior kindergartens. No further admissions process is required.

Admissions appointments can be scheduled through Ravenna, by calling the Admissions Office at 773.681.8494, or by emailing


Submit your application via 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. Preschool applicants will be asked to choose a morning or full-day schedule when they apply.  Following enrollment, preschool families will be able to register for our optional extended day and summer programs.


Selected weekdays, October through February, 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. 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.


Weekdays, September through February, via Zoom

Meet one-on-one with a member of the Admissions Team and take a personalized, virtual tour of both the preschool and SK-8 campus.  We'll introduce you to Sacred Heart and answer your questions in real time.  Meetings are about an hour.

STEP FOUR:  SCHEDULE YOUR child's developmental assessment

Weekday mornings, November through February, via Zoom

For the 2020-21 admissions season, we are transitioning from our traditional on campus assessments to informal virtual meetings via Zoom. You and your child will meet with Holly DePalma, our Preschool Director, for a brief, 15-20 minute conference. You will have an opportunity to share information about your child’s development, and your child will engage in a simple, age-appropriate play activity. Anticipate a relaxed, unpressured experience. Children often find it easier to engage when only one parent joins them in the conference. A nanny or babysitter cannot be substituted for a parent. 

STEP FIVE:  SUBMIT a teacher recommendation

By January 1, 2021

If your child is already enrolled in a preschool program, please delegate the Lake Michigan Association of Independent Schools (LMAIS) common recommendation form to your child's current teacher electronically through Ravenna or download a paper copy from our website. Parents may choose to waive this step if their child is not enrolled in a preschool.


Families who complete the application process by February 5, 2021 will receive admissions decisions on February 12. Enrollment agreements are due March 15, 2021. Any spaces remaining after March 15 will be filled on a rolling basis.