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 an expansive and challenging curriculum, as well as an education based in values, service and ethical development. Student/teacher ratio is 9:1, guaranteeing personalized attention for each of the school`s 700 PK-8 students. Unique in Chicago, Sacred Heart offers a combination of single gender and coeducational classes that builds student confidence and engagement. Active participation in the international network of 200 Sacred Heart schools in 30 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
Lake Michigan Association of Independent Schools
Religious AffiliationRoman Catholic
Grades OfferedGrades Nursery/Preschool-8
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Year Founded1876
Summer School OfferedYes

Student Body

Total Students700 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 30%

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers88 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio8:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size20 students
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Classroom Dress CodeFormal
(Uniform Requirements)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineDec. 10
Yearly Tuition Cost$20,904
Tuition NotesActivity Fee: $720* *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.9 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Boy Scouts, Brownies, Chess, Cub Scouts, Debate, Girl Scouts

Arts and Music Programs:
Band, Glee Club, Musical Theate

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, 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.
  • Applications are available through by making an account and searching "Sacred Heart Schools" in the Chicago area.

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