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Frequently Asked Questions: Pre-Kindergarten and Junior Kindergarten

Below are some of the questions we often hear from prospective parents. If you have a question, we encourage you to email our Admissions Office or call us at (773) 681-8418.

What age groups will the preschool serve?

  • Our pre-kindergarten is designed for children who will be 3-years old by September 1, 2019
  • Our junior kindergarten is designed for children who will be 4-years old by September 1, 2019.

Where will Sacred Heart Preschool be located?

  • Sacred Heart’s new preschool campus will open in Fall of 2019 at 5649 N. Sheridan Road – just off Lake Shore Drive at Hollywood Avenue and Sheridan Road on the grounds of Saint Andrew Greek Orthodox Church.

What will the preschool facilities be like?

  • The preschool will include four newly-renovated classrooms and office space, as well as a full-sized gymnasium for daily gross motor activities. An outdoor playground is directly adjacent to the preschool.
  • Ample parking is available for easy drop-off and pick-up. Parking is located in a private lot near the preschool entrance.

What are the program offerings and schedule?

  • Both the pre-kindergarten and junior kindergarten programs will be five days a week
  • Parents can choose between a half-day (Pre-K mornings/JK afternoons) or a full-day schedule.
  • An optional extended day program will be available until 6 pm each day. An optional summer program, with a daily schedule that mirrors the school year, will also be offered.
  • Families can take advantage of an early morning drop-off beginning at 7:30 am as needed. There is no additional charge for early morning care from 7:30-8:30 am.

How many children will be enrolled?

  • Pre-Kindergarten - 13 half-day (morning) students and 13 full-day students
  • Junior Kindergarten - 15 half-day (afternoon) students and 15 full-day students

Does admission to preschool guarantee a place for my child in senior kindergarten?

  • Yes! Enrolling in our preschool is the first step in a seamless Sacred Heart education that will take your child through 8th grade. No further admission process is required.

My family is already committed to another preschool, but we hope to join the Sacred Heart community when our child is ready for senior kindergarten. Will there still be room for us?

  • Yes! Senior kindergarten brings together children from both our JK and other excellent preschools across Chicago. Located on our SK-8 campus, senior kindergarten expands to enroll 80 students in five SK sections. With additional spaces available for new students, senior kindergarten is Sacred Heart’s primary entrance point. All families are warmly welcomed into our admissions process, whether or not they have attended our junior kindergarten.
  • If your child is currently enrolled in another preschool community, but you are interested in Sacred Heart for SK, be sure to explore our option for Early Decision. We anticipate SK will initially be filled through a combination of children applying via Early Decision and children moving up from our JK program.

Do any groups receive preference for preschool admission?

  • Sacred Heart is committed to our school families. Affiliated applicants (siblings of current students and children of Sacred Heart employees) are given preference among qualified candidates. Children and grandchildren of Sacred Heart Network alumni also receive careful consideration. All applicants, regardless of affiliation, must qualify for admission.

What is Sacred Heart looking for when admitting new families?

  • We seek to enroll new families who are interested in the full Sacred Heart educational experience through 8th grade. In order to be considered for admission to preschool, prospective parents new to Sacred Heart are required to attend an Admissions Coffee, tour the SK-8 campus and learn about Sacred Heart’s history and educational philosophy. Preference will be given to those families who demonstrate a commitment to Sacred Heart education beyond the preschool.

What will happen during my child's developmental assessment?

  • Each child meets individually with a member of the Admissions Team 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.
  • Applicants for pre-kindergarten are accompanied by one parent during the assessment; applicants for JK and SK are asked to separate from their parents for the assessment.

Is tuition assistance available?

  • Tuition assistance is available to qualifying families, PreK-Grade 8. About 20% of students attend Sacred Heart with the help of tuition assistance. Please visit our website to learn more.

When should I apply?

  • Apply by December 10, 2018
  • Admissions notification for Pre-K: February 15, 2019
  • Admissions notification for JK: March 1, 2019
  • Admissions notification for Early Decision SK 2020-21: March 1, 2019
  • Contracts due: March 11, 2019

How can I learn more about Sacred Heart Preschool?