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Notes for Prospective Students
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
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.
school continues the traditions of its predecessors.
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.
so, they create an environment that challenges all students and
motivates them to reach their full academic and personal
Approximately one hundred lay teachers, including fi ve Christian
Brothers and one Daughter of Charity comprise the professional
In addition to bachelor’s degrees and teaching
credentials, fi ve hold doctorates and more than seventy percent
hold master’s degrees.
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
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.
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.
typical school day begins at 7:55 am and ends at 2:30 pm.
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
Conversely, students whose grades fall below a 2.0 (GPA),
are placed on academic probation and may not participate in
Students must take six courses each
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
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