Sacred Heart Schools

Tel: (773)262-4446
  • 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 Overview

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
Year Founded 1876

Student Body

Total Students 709 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 31%
Students by Grade Sacred Heart Schools Student 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
(Uniform Requirements)

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, VolleyballBaseballBasketball,
Cross CountryFlag Football,
SoftballTrack 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,

School Notes

Sacred Heart Schools the Academy of the Sacred Heart for Girls and Hardey Preparatory for Boys are Catholic, independent elementary schools serving children in Kindergarten through 8th grade. To learn more, visit our website or contact the Admissions Office directly.  We look forward to introducing you to our school!

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
Of Special Interest
  • 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 by making an account and searching "Sacred Heart Schools" in the Chicago area.
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