Sacred Heart Schools, Atherton

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.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA)
American Montessori Society (AMS)
National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS)
Religious AffiliationRoman Catholic
Grades OfferedGrades Nursery/Preschool-12
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Year Founded1898

Student Body

Total Studentsn/a
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 45%

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers146 teachers
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size15 students
Number of AP Courses19 courses
Classroom Dress CodeFormal
(Uniforms Preschool - 8th grade only. 9-12 free dress with a dress code.)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineJan. 10
Yearly Tuition Cost$35,560
Tuition NotesPreschool 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 DirectorWendy Quattlebaum
Admissions AssociateSarah Coogan


Total Sports Offered13 sports
SportsBaseball, 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.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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  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • Atherton
    Grades: 6-12 | 807 students
    0.4 miles
    50 Valparaiso Ave
    Atherton, CA 94027
    (650) 330-2000
    0.4 6-12
  • Menlo Park
    Grades: NS-5 | 302 students
    1.4 miles
    2245 Avy Avenue
    Menlo Park, CA 94025
    (650) 854-4545
    1.4 NS-5
  • Burlingame
    Grades: 6-12 | 576 students
    10.7 miles
    400 Uplands Drive
    Burlingame, CA 94010
    (650) 342-4175
    10.7 6-12
  • Burlingame
     The Nueva School
    Special Program Emphasis
    Grades: PK-12 | 889 students
    12.8 miles
    6565 Skyline Blvd
    Burlingame, CA 94010
    (650) 350-4528
    12.8 PK-12
  • Burlingame
    Grades: K-8 | 314 students
    13.4 miles
    1328 Cabrillo Avenue
    Burlingame, CA 94010
    (650) 343-9200
    13.4 K-8

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