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Pre-Kindergarten 2020-21

Children applying now for pre-kindergarten 2020-21 should be 3-years old by September 1, 2020, born September 1, 2016 through August 31, 2017.

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 senior kindergarten. 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 by December 9, 2019 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.

STEP TWO:   attend an admissions coffee

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

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.  Visits can take place before or after applying. Tours of our Preschool Campus are also available. 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, Quick Tours and Preschool Tours require reservations.


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.


Weekday mornings, November through February, on our preschool campus

Your child will meet with Holly DePalma, our Preschool Director, for a 20-minute assessment. You will have an opportunity to share information about your child’s development, and your child will engage in age-appropriate play activities with puzzles, blocks and art materials. It is best if only one parent accompanies the applicant during the assessment. A nanny or babysitter cannot be substituted for a parent. 

STEP FIVE:  SUBMIT a teacher recommendation 

By January 1, 2020

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 have completed the application process by February 7, 2020 will receive admissions decisions on February 20, 2020. Enrollment agreements are due March 16, 2020. Any spaces remaining after March 16 will be filled on a rolling basis.