Sacred Heart Schools, Atherton

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Sacred Heart Schools, Atherton Photo #1 - Sacred Heart Schools, Atherton sits one 64-acre campus housing the Preschool & Kindergarten, Lower & Middle Schools and Preparatory.
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Sacred Heart Schools, Atherton Photo #1 - Sacred Heart Schools, Atherton sits one 64-acre campus housing the Preschool & Kindergarten, Lower & Middle Schools and Preparatory.
Sacred Heart Schools, Atherton Photo #2 - Main Building. The original building that was built in 1898. It houses preparatory classrooms and library, administrative offices, and the original chapel.
Sacred Heart Schools, Atherton Photo #3 - The Lower & Middle Schools campus was rebuilt and opened to students and faculty/staff in 2012. It consists of five separate buildings featuring a performing arts center, library, administration building, chapel, and separate buildings for the Lower & Middle school students.
Sacred Heart Schools, Atherton Photo #4 - The 10,000-square-foot organic garden is maintained and operated by Sacred Heart students and faculty year around as part of its Environmental Science and Global Studies courses. The School is the first in San Mateo County, Calif., to be approved by the Department of Environmental Health Services Division to use fruits and vegetables grown
Sacred Heart Schools, Atherton Photo #5 - Sacred Heart also maintains a barnyard on its expansive 64-acre campus. Goats, chickens, ducks, turkeys, rabbits and a tortoise can be found on the school grounds.
Sacred Heart Schools, Atherton Photo #6 - Twelve different sports programs are offered from grades 4-12.
Sacred Heart Schools, Atherton Photo #7 - Each year over 15,000 service hours are provided collectively by the students to the community both locally and abroad.
Sacred Heart Schools, Atherton Photo #8 - The building of community is an important value to our school and for the families at Sacred Heart Schools, Atherton. Each year over 500 parents collectively volunteer 25,000 hours of their time to Sacred Heart.
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.

Quick Stats (2021)

  • Top Ranked CA School
  • Grades: Nursery/Preschool-12
  • Yearly Tuition: $35,560
  • Average class size: 15 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 10

Top Rankings

Sacred Heart Schools, Atherton ranks among the top 20% of private schools in California for:

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Attribute
Sports offered
School History

School Overview

Student Body

Total Students
n/a
Student Body Type
Co-ed
% Students of Color
15%
State avg.: 48%

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
146 teachers
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
73%
Average Class Size
15 students
Number of AP Courses
19 courses
Classroom Dress Code
Formal
(Uniforms Preschool - 8th grade only. 9-12 free dress with a dress code.)

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
Jan. 10
Yearly Tuition Cost
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
30%
Admissions Director
Wendy Quattlebaum
Admissions Associate
Sarah Coogan

Sports

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
5 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.
Arts and Music Programs:
Band, Choir, Dance, Drama, 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 

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Quick Stats (2021)

  • Top Ranked CA School
  • Grades: Nursery/Preschool-12
  • Yearly Tuition: $35,560
  • Average class size: 15 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 10

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Did You Know?

The average private school tuition in San Mateo County, CA is $22,027 for elementary schools and $31,714 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in San Mateo County, CA is 71% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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