Sacred Heart Schools

Established in 1876, Sacred Heart has educated Chicago's children for more than 140 years.
As a Catholic, independent school, Sacred Heart provides a remarkable and challenging curriculum, as well as opportunities for service and engagement in topics and projects that facilitate social awareness.
Student/teacher ratio is 8:1, guaranteeing personalized attention for each student.
Unique in Chicago, our purposeful blend of single-gender and co-educational learning experiences encourages engagement, dispels gender stereotypes, and builds our students' confidence.
Active participation in the international network of 150 Sacred Heart schools in 41 countries ensures students graduate with an awareness of their place in the global community.
Ninety-five percent of Sacred Heart graduates are accepted into their first-choice high school.

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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 (ISACS)
Lake Michigan Association of Independent Schools (LMAIS)
Religious AffiliationRoman Catholic
Grades OfferedGrades Prekindergarten-8
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Year Founded1876
Summer School OfferedYes
Summer Program Cost NotesCost ranges from $650-$950
Summer Program DetailsLink to Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students718 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 31%
Students by Grade Sacred Heart Schools Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers88 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio8:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size18 students
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Classroom Dress CodeFormal
(Uniform Requirements)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineDec. 9
Yearly Tuition Cost$21,740
Tuition NotesHalf-day preschool tuition is $16,304. Activity Fees range from $375 - $745 *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$15,250
Admissions DirectorJudy Corrin
Admissions AssociateJames Nuessen


Total Sports Offered9 sports
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Flag Football, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Track and Field, VolleyballBaseballBasketball,
Cross CountryFlag Football,
SoftballTrack and Field,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.13 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Boy Scouts, Brownie Girl Scouts, Chess, Choir, Cub Scouts, Debate, Debate Team, Girl Scouts, Math Club, Science Olympiads

Arts and Music Programs:
Band, 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 preschool through 8th grade. To learn more, click here or contact the Admissions Office at 773.681.8418 or We look forward to introducing you to our school!


Catholic and Independent  
Sacred Heart is Chicago's oldest independent school, serving the city's children since 1876. We are rooted in Catholicism and warmly welcome families of all faiths in a vibrant, diverse community. Senior kindergarten through 8th grade is located on our historic campus overlooking Lake Michigan at 6250 N. Sheridan Road. Our Preschool Campus is located at Saint Andrew Greek Orthodox Church-just off of Lake Shore Drive at the corner of Sheridan Road and Hollywood Avenue.

A Unique, Innovative Approach to Education
Our approach to education combines a dynamic and challenging curriculum within a nurturing environment. With the support and dedication of exceptional teachers and staff, our students are inspired to achieve their best and be their best selves. Our community is guided by five timeless principles: faith, intellect, service, community, and personal growth. As a result, students graduate with a strong academic foundation, as well as confidence and values-ready to leave a positive mark on their communities and in the city`s best high schools.

The Network of Sacred Heart Schools
Founded in 1876, Sacred Heart Schools is Chicago's oldest independent school and is recognized world-wide, with 22 schools in the United States and more than 150 internationally.

Of Special Interest
  • Sacred Heart offers bus transportation from the Gold Coast, Lakeview, Lincoln Park, Lincoln Square, Old Town, Roscoe Village, and Ravenswood. 
  • More than $2.7 million in need-based tuition assistance is awarded to 24% of our students. 
  • Free before school beginning at 7:30 am is available to all families. 
  • Free afterschool care until 6 pm is available to SK-8 families.
  • Applications are available through by creating an account and searching "Sacred Heart Schools" in the Chicago area.  
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