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Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory, a Roman Catholic high school, enrolls young men and women in grades 9 through 12.
Owned by the Archdiocese of San Francisco and sponsored by the De la Salle Christian Brothers and the Daughters of Charity, SHC is San Francisco’s fi rst Catholic, co-educational high school; a result of the 1987 merger of two institutions that had educated the youth of the city since 1852, namely Sacred Heart High School for boys under the direction of the Christian Brothers, and Cathedral High School for girls under the auspices of the Daughters of Charity.
St. John Baptist de La Salle, the Patron Saint of Teachers, founded the religious order of the Brothers of the Christian Schools in France in 1680.
Also founded in France under St. Vincent De Paul, the Daughters of Charity established its American community under St. Elizabeth Ann Seton.
The present school continues the traditions of its predecessors.
Since their inceptions, both religious orders have taught young people, promoting what the school’s philosophy characterizes as “religious, social and academic maturity marked by a zealous commitment to God, an abiding dedication to society and a confi dent belief in the worth of one’s self.” Religious and lay faculty share a goal exemplifying the love of learning.
To do so, they create an environment that challenges all students and motivates them to reach their full academic and personal potential.

FACULTY
Approximately one hundred lay teachers, including fi ve Christian Brothers and one Daughter of Charity comprise the professional staff.
In addition to bachelor’s degrees and teaching credentials, fi ve hold doctorates and more than seventy percent hold master’s degrees.

ACCREDITATION
Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory, a liated with the Christian Brothers Education Association and the Daughters of Charity Education Association, has received full accreditation by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and the Western Catholic Education Association (WCEA).

STUDENT BODY Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory enrolls approximately 1,250 students from San Francisco and its environs. Refl ecting the diversity of the Bay Area, students represent diff erent religious, economic and ethnic backgrounds, which include Caucasian, Asian, Filipino, Hispanic, African- American and Native American.

ADMISSIONS
Approximately 1,100 eighth-graders apply for the 300+ openings in the freshman class.
Admission is competitive and is based upon GPA in the seventh and eighth grades, test results from STS High School Placement Test and teacher/principal recommendations.

ACADEMIC PROGRAM
The school year, divided into semesters, begins in late August and ends in early June with a Thanksgiving break, vacations at Christmas and Easter, and observance of national holidays.
A typical school day begins at 7:55 am and ends at 2:30 pm.
Parents receive grades twice per semester, or approximately every nine weeks, and may view informal progress reports through PowerSchool. The Honor Roll recognizes academic excellence based on grade point average.
Conversely, students whose grades fall below a 2.0 (GPA), are placed on academic probation and may not participate in cocurricular activities.
Students must take six courses each semester.

SPECIAL ACADEMIC PROGRAMS
Inquiry & Innovation Program Inquiry & Innovation is a dynamic four-year program that focuses on science, technology and math using project based learning and evolving 21st century learning tools.
The program inspires students to ask critical questions and discover inventive solutions to complex challenges. It includes hands-on summer workshops, leadership opportunities in technology, access to Honors and Advanced Placement courses, a vibrant humanities curriculum, and collaborative service learning. Program members are among our top applicants, displaying high academic achievement (3.5 GPA or above) and exemplary standardized test scores (especially in math and science).

De Paul Scholar Program
The De Paul Scholar Program off ers a rigorous four-year curriculum which includes accelerated content, in-depth study, interdisciplinary approaches, opportunities for learning beyond the classroom, development of leadership skills, and a service component to the poor and marginalized.
Admission to the De Paul Scholar Program is predicated upon a student’s academic achievement as demonstrated by standardized test scores, grade point average and teacher recommendations.
The successful applicant must also demonstrate a commitment to service and a desire to develop leadership skills.
Consequently, many academically gifted students do not automatically gain admission to the De Paul Scholar Program. 
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