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


Beyond Sacred Heart

Sacred Heart families benefit from a thoughtful and thorough high school counseling program that guides students through each step of the secondary school admissions process. Throughout the process, emphasis is placed on helping students find the school that is the best fit for them. As a result, our students make school choices that reflect their individual interests, learning styles and ambitions.

About the Process

Families meet with the High School Placement Counselor who assists them in gathering information on schools of interest, arranging school visit days and preparing students for admissions assessments, interviews and essays.

Sacred Heart sponsors a high school fair each fall where admissions representatives from more than 40 local and boarding schools make themselves available to speak with parents and students about their programs. A test review course is offered after school that acquaints students with the various admissions tests they will encounter at the city’s independent, Catholic, and selective-enrollment public high schools. As the application process draws to a close and acceptances are received, the counselor is happy to advise on final school choice, as each family deems necessary. Finally, 8th grade students have an opportunity to speak with Sacred Heart graduates to learn tips for making a successful transition from Sacred Heart to high school.


If you have questions regarding the high school counseling program, please contact Dan Gargano, Head of Middle School.


Approximately 95% of Sacred Heart 8th graders are accepted by their first-choice high school.

Where do most of our students go to high school?

Saint Ignatius College Prep
Loyola Academy
Woodlands Academy
Josephinum Academy
DePaul College Prep

CPS Selective Enrollment
Jones College Prep
Lane Tech College Prep
Northside College Prep
Walter Payton College Prep
Whitney Young College Prep

Chicago Public Schools
Lincoln Park High School
- International Baccalaureate Program
- Double Honors Program

Francis Parker
The Latin School of Chicago
North Shore Country Day School
University of Chicago Lab School
Beacon Academy