Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory

     Tel: (415)775-6626
Grades: 9 - 12 | 1270 students
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The Pavilion is the home court for the Fightin' Irish basketball, volleyball and wrestling teams. On game days, up to 1,500 fans can be heard cheering for SHC student-athletes. The Pavilion also serves as a wonderful venue for school assemblies, rallies and prayer services.
The school plaza is used for socialization and time in the sunshine.
The Theatre Program welcomes students on- and offstage to build their talents and foster interests. Our program is known for its quality productions, both the play in the fall and the musical in the spring. Through productions, enrichment workshops, private coaching and much more, our program allows students to explore their talents in a supportive and nurturing environment.
The Music Program provides a creative outlet for more than 175 students annually. Besides hosting two major concerts on campus, our chorus attends several outreach and service-related performances, holds enrichment workshops and private coaching and goes on field trips. Our choral students foster a musical and social family within the ensemble as well as the greater school community.
Our experienced EdTech team provides faculty and staff with a variety of professional development and growth opportunities throughout the year. Faculty regularly make use of technology to encourage students to evaluate media, build critical thinking skills, and develop digital citizenship and literacy skills.
We believe that participating in athletics contributes to physical, personal, social and spiritual growth. Each year, more than 650 student-athletes―a little over half the total student body―compete for the Irish on 53 teams in 23 sports.
Home to our rich Visual & Performing Arts (VPA) program, the Sister Caroline Collins, DC, Theater provides our students with first-hand experience in a state-of-the-art venue both onstage and behind the scenes.The theater hosts drama productions, instrumental music, dance and choral performances, poetry slams and much more.
The SHC Library is a hub of activity throughout the day with up to 200 students studying, reading, using the most up-to-date technology, collaborating and sharing conference rooms. The library’s top-floor location welcomes students with natural light, beautiful panoramic views of San Francisco and a quiet scholarly environment.
The Veranda offers gorgeous panoramic views of San Francisco from the sixth floor of our La Salle Campus. Students gather in this wonderful outdoor space to socialize, eat lunch and work collaboratively.
Inspired by the Daughters of Charity and the De La Salle Christian Brothers, in partnership with families, Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory’s mission is to provide the finest education in an inclusive Catholic community of faith.
We prepare our students to become service-oriented leaders with a commitment to living the Gospel.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc. National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA)
Western States Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
Religious Affiliation Roman Catholic
Grades Offered Grades 9 - 12
Learning Difference Programs Yes

Student Body

Total Students 1270 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color 70%
State avg.: 45%
Students by Grade Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory Students by Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 105 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 12:1
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size 25 students
List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses
Advanced Courses English English 5 & 6 AP Language; English 7 & 8 AP Literature Languages Other Than English French 7 & 8 AP; Japanese 7 & 8 AP; Spanish 7 & 8 AP; Mandarin 7 & 8 AP Mathematics Calculus 1 & 2 AP (AB); Calculus 3 & 4 AP (BC) Statistics 1 & 2 AP Science Biol  
Average ACT score 23
Classroom Dress Code Casual
(Khaki pants and polo shirt)

Finances and Admission

Yearly Tuition Cost $17,500
Tuition Notes In order to keep tuition affordable and fund key aspects of SHC curriculum, we additionally count on a yearly parent pledge for each child who attends SHC. For more information, please read more about our Parent Pledge Program.
Admissions Director Tim Burke '70
Admissions Associate Erica Pfeiffer


Total Sports Offered 14 sports
Sports Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Winter Track, WrestlingBaseballBasketball,
Cross CountryFootball,
Track and FieldVolleyball,
Winter TrackWrestling,

School Notes:

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.

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.

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.

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. 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.

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. 

Profile last updated: 10/07/2013

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