Sacred Heart Schools, Atherton

150 Valparaiso Avenue
Atherton, CA 94027-0940
Tel: (650)322-1866
Grades: NS-12
A Sacred Heart education prepares students for a lifetime – a lifetime where learning isn’t limited to just classrooms and textbooks.  It’s an education that inspires students to be inquisitive about the world and lets them discover the joys of lifelong learning.  We impel our students to apply their knowledge to the real world and to be active, informed and responsible global citizens while respecting the marvels of the earth’s resources.  Our mission is to educate the whole person in mind, body, and spirit.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc. National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA)
American Montessori Society (AMS)
National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Western States Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS)
Religious Affiliation Roman Catholic
Grades Offered Grades Nursery/Preschool-12
Learning Difference Programs Yes
Year Founded 1898

Student Body

Total Students n/a
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 44%

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 146 teachers
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size 15 students
Number of AP Courses 19 courses
Matriculation DataMatric. Data Link to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress Code Formal
(Uniforms Preschool - 8th grade only. 9-12 free dress with a dress code.)

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline Jan. 10
Yearly Tuition Cost $35,560
Tuition Notes Preschool Half Day: $21,050 Preschool Full Day: $23,020 Kindergarten: $23,470 Grades 1-5: $25,890 Grades 6-8: $33,650 Grades 9-12: $35,560
% on Financial Aid
Admissions Director Wendy Quattlebaum
Admissions Associate Sarah Coogan


Total Sports Offered 13 sports
Sports Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Flag Football, Football, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Water PoloBaseballBasketball,
Cross CountryFlag Football,
Track and FieldVolleyball,
Water Polo


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 5 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. Drama, Band, Choir, Dance, Strings Drama, Band, Choir, Dance, Strings,

School Notes:

Founded in 1898 Sacred Heart Schools, Atherton, a Roman Catholic, independent, coeducational school, preparing students with a global perspective for the 21stcentury.  Offering unparalleled opportunities to foster the development of the whole child, Sacred Heart is the only school along the San Francisco Peninsula to educate students from preschool to twelfth grade on one unified 63-acre campus.

This unique opportunity to oversee a child’s learning from their early years through young adulthood provides an integrated and aligned curriculum that delivers a consistent educational philosophy.  The curriculum allows for the introduction of academic conceptual threads that are deeply developed as students’ progress through the school divisions. The principles of a Montessori education are applied at the preschool and kindergarten grades to build a child’s positive self-image and a lifelong love for learning.

Our goal is to foster creative thinkers and problem-solvers to build connections in their minds between the sciences and the arts,” said Richard A. Dioli, Director of Schools. “Once students master core elements, the challenge to them becomes ‘now what are you going to do now with that knowledge.’  We strive to educate students to become inspired global citizens who have the social awareness and motivation to make a difference in the world.”

Sacred Heart Schools, Atherton offers:

  • A safe and welcoming environment in which each person is valued, cared for and respected
  • Small class sizes enable teachers to fully engage in their students’ intellectual development
  • Faculty who use a variety of teaching and learning strategies that recognize the individual needs of each student
  • A uniquely diverse, multi-generational community where everyone learns from each other 

Nearby Schools:

The nearest high school is Sacred Heart Schools Atherton (0.2 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is Sacred Heart Schools Atherton (0.2 miles away)
The nearest preschool is Sacred Heart Schools Atherton (0.2 miles away)
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  • Atherton
    Grades: PK-12 | 1002 students
    0.2 miles
    150 Valparaiso Ave
    Atherton, CA 94027
  • Menlo Park
    Grades: PK-8 | 281 students
    0.4 miles
    1211 Arbor Rd
    Menlo Park, CA 94025
  • Atherton
    Menlo School
    Special Program Emphasis
    Grades: 6-12 | 795 students
    0.4 miles
    50 Valparaiso Ave
    Atherton, CA 94027
  • Menlo Park
    Grades: K-8 | 277 students
    0.9 miles
    1250 Laurel Street
    Menlo Park, CA 94025
  • Menlo Park
    Grades: NS-K | 60 students
    1.2 miles
    2066 Avy Avenue
    Menlo Park, CA 94025

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