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Reading, writing and arithmetic can be taught. But when it comes to subjects of the heart, you have to feel to completely understand.

Sacred Heart, which is deeply rooted in Chicago since 1876 and is the city’s oldest independent school, has even made it part of their mission: to guide students toward lives of purpose and meaning through an education that harnesses the power of both their minds and their hearts. If you’re on the hunt for a school for your kids, here are a few Sacred Heart features that just might, well, pull on your heart strings:

  • They’re not just a grade school: Sacred Heart offers full- and half-day options for preschool. Already committed to a preschool? No problem! Sacred Heart offers early admission up to two years in advance via their Early Decision option.
  • You don’t have to be Catholic to attend. In fact, 35% of the students are not Catholic; all major faiths are represented in the student body.
  • As part of an extensive extra-curricular program and one of the largest elementary school athletic programs in Illinois, 40 different after-school clubs and classes and an array of competitive sports teams are available. And approximately 95% of all graduates are placed in their top choice high school.
  • Before- and after-school care is offered at no additional charge for kindergarten through 8th grade. (Yep, you read that right.)
  • More than $2 million in tuition assistance is available to qualifying families!

It’s time to have a heart to heart.

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Hear What Other Parents Are Saying:

“My three children just completed their 3rd, 2nd and Kindergarten years. I knew going in to our journey at Sacred Heart that my kids would get a great education, but it’s really apparent to us now that SHS is more than just a great academic school. My kids go to school every day feeling very safe and loved.”
— SHS parent, via Niche
“Sacred Heart is an amazingly welcoming school that focuses not just on academics (which are excellent) but also on values. Students attend the school knowing they are valued and treated with respect, in challenging but nurturing classrooms.”
— SHS parent, via Niche
“After having been part of the Sacred Heart community for eight years, I can’t imagine a better school environment for children and parents alike. The academics are rigorous and challenging, the after-school program is nothing less than exceptional, the school community is a loving, supportive, and cohesive group that I am proud to be a member of.”
— SHS parent, via Great Schools
“There is something very special about Sacred Heart. Children are not just taught, they are celebrated, encouraged, respected and challenged to reach their potential. It is a happy, kind environment where being a good community member and giving back are part of the fabric of the school. On top of all of that, the academics are top notch and Sacred Heart graduates attend the best high schools in the city.”
— SHS parent, via Great Schools