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.

Quick Stats (2021-22)

  • Top Ranked IL School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-8
  • Students: 710 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $23,687
  • Average class size: 18 students
  • Application Deadline: Dec. 10 / rolling

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School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Prekindergarten-8
Learning Difference Programs
Year Founded
Summer School Offered
Summer Program Cost Notes
Cost ranges from $650-$950

Student Body

Total Students
710 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 34%
Students by Grade
Sacred Heart Schools Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
88 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size
18 students
List of Courses Offered
Classroom Dress Code
(Uniform Requirements)

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
Dec. 10 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
2021-22 Preschool Tuition: Full Day: $22,897 Half Day: $17,173 Activity Fees range from $395 - $531 2021-22 Grades SK-8 Tuition + Fees: $23,687 *Tuition for the 2022-23 academic year will be set in January 2022. Contact for more information.
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant
Admissions Director
Ann Chiumino
Admissions Associate
James Nuessen



Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
13 extracurriculars
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 $3 million in need-based tuition assistance is awarded to 25% 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.  
Profile last updated: 09/21/2021

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Quick Stats (2021-22)

  • Top Ranked IL School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-8
  • Students: 710 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $23,687
  • Average class size: 18 students
  • Application Deadline: Dec. 10 / rolling

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