- The Academy of the Sacred Heart for Girls, founded in 1876, and Hardey Preparatory for Boys, founded in 1935, serve children in kindergarten through eighth grade.
- Sacred Heart Schools is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools.
- The Schools' low student/teacher ratio of 9:1 reflects its commitment to providing a learning environment that is challenging and supportive.
- The Schools' belief in the effectiveness of single sex classrooms - which children begin to experience in first grade - further illustrates its focus on each child as an individual.
- The Schools are Roman Catholic, with a diverse student body. Families originate from 35 different countries and represent every major religion.
- About 20% of students enroll with the help of scholarships and financial aid.
- While there are families from all kinds of backgrounds, they come together as one caring community. The Schools' educational mission is deeply rooted in the history and traditions of the Society of the Sacred Heart and the life of St. Madeleine Sophie Barat, who first articulated her educational vision in 1800.
- It was her belief, as it is the Schools`, that children who first learn they are loved and valued are in the best position to acquire knowledge and then learn to use that knowledge not only for their own benefit, but for the benefit of all humanity.
- In this common mission, Sacred Heart is part of a network of more than 150 Sacred Heart educational institutions around the world, including 24 schools in the United States and Canada.
|School Membership(s)School Assoc.||National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA)
National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Independent Schools Association of the Central States
Lake Michigan Association of Independent Schools
|Religious Affiliation||Roman Catholic|
|Grades Offered||Grades Kindergarten-8|
|Learning Difference Programs||Yes|
|Total Students||709 students|
|Student Body Type||Co-ed|
|% Students of Color||
State avg.: 31%
|Students by Grade|
Academics and Faculty
|Total Classroom Teachers||88 teachers|
|Student : Teacher Ratio||8:1
National avg.: 13:1
|% Faculty w/Advanced Degree||
|Average Class Size||20 students|
|List of Courses Offered||Link to List of Courses|
|Classroom Dress Code||Formal
Finances and Admission
|Admission Deadline||Dec. 12|
|Yearly Tuition Cost||$19,142|
|Tuition Notes||Activity Fee: $680* *The Activity Fee covers the cost of the Sacred Heart Yearbook, local field trips, participation in interscholastic sports, the Core Before and After School Program, and selected extracurricular arts activities.|
|% on Financial Aid||
|Average Financial Aid Grant||$10,894|
|Admissions Director||Judy Corrin|
|Admissions Associate||James Nuessen|
|Total Sports Offered||9 sports|
|Sports||Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Flag Football, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Track and Field, VolleyballBaseball, Basketball,
Cross Country, Flag Football,
Softball, Track and Field,
|Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.||9 extracurriculars|
|ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.||Band, Boy Scouts, Brownies, Chess, Cub Scouts, Debate, Girl Scouts, Glee Club, Musical Theater Band, Boy Scouts, Brownies, Chess, Cub Scouts, Debate, Girl Scouts, Glee Club, Musical Theater,
What sets Sacred Heart apart?
A Chicago tradition
Sacred Heart is among Chicago`s oldest independent schools, serving the city`s children since 1876 and located on our historic Sheridan Road campus overlooking Lake Michigan since 1929.
Catholic and Independent
We provide the academic breadth and rigor characteristic of the best independent schools, while celebrating our tradition as a Catholic school that warmly welcomes children of all faiths.
Single Gender Classrooms on a Coed Campus
Parents often call our approach the "best of both worlds" - a thoughtful blend of single-gender and coed methods that encourages engagement, discourages stereotypes, and builds confidence on a daily basis.
The Initiatives for Excellence in Teaching and Learning
Through this ambitious program, inspired teaching, personalized learning and a supportive community combine to ensure each child thrives academically.
The Network of Sacred Heart Schools
As a member of a global network of Sacred Heart education dating back more than two centuries, we are profoundly committed to a mission that makes a lasting difference in the lives of our students. We proudly educate students to Sacred Heat`s Five Goals:
- A personal and active faith in God
- A deep respect for intellectual values
- A social awareness which impels to action
- The building of community as a Christian value and
- Personal growth in an atmosphere of wise freedom
- Sacred Heart offers bus transportation from Lincoln Park, Lakeview, Lincoln Square, and other neighborhoods.
- Free afterschool care until 6pm is available to all families on a regular or occasional basis.
- Applications are available through ravenna-hub.com by making an account and searching "Sacred Heart Schools" in the Chicago area.