As parents, we highly value education. While on the hunt for a school with exceptional academics it can be easy to forget one crucial component: emotional learning, otherwise known as “EQ”. For 145 years, Sacred Heart Schools has been instilling a love of learning in students, while shaping them to achieve their best and be their best selves. With the support of exceptional teachers and staff, their approach to education combines a challenging curriculum within a nurturing environment.
All Faiths Are Welcome
Sacred Heart is a Catholic, independent, PK-8 school that welcomes students of all faiths, races, and socio-economic backgrounds. In fact, 40% of the students are not Catholic; all major faiths are represented in a wide range of learners. As an independent school, Sacred Heart benefits from their relationship with the Chicago Archdiocese, but is self-governing and free to craft their own unique vision and innovative curriculum. As one parent says, “The school does an excellent job, regardless of your religious affiliation, of teaching children how to create and navigate their own moral compass.”
Sacred Heart Education Is Accessible to All Students
The tuition assistance program helps make Sacred Heart education accessible to children from all backgrounds, regardless of their financial means. Varying awards are made based upon demonstrated need, up to 95% of tuition. Nearly 30% of Sacred Heart students receive some level of tuition assistance.
Students of All Ages Thrive
In this welcoming, diverse school community, students feel valued, cared for, respected, and celebrated. Sacred Heart Schools serves children in pre-kindergarten through 8th grade in three academic groups: Primary School (grades PK-2), Lower School (grades 3-5) and Middle School (grades 6-8). Preschool and senior kindergarten are coed, and grade level classrooms are organized by gender—giving children an opportunity to develop their own voice and build confidence within themselves. However, many elements of campus life are coeducational.
Students Are Enriched Beyond the Classroom
With 40 different after-school clubs and classes and 50 competitive sports teams, there’s no shortage of extracurricular activities to pique your child’s interests and continue their learning when the school day is done. (FYI: It’s one of the largest elementary school athletic programs in Illinois!) From dance to music lessons, Science Olympiad to basketball, students can choose from a range of offerings to solidify friendships and be involved. Families can also choose to enroll their children in Before and After School Care. (Before School Care is free for students in PK-8 and After School Care is free for SK-8 students.)
Students Are Committed to Social Justice and Making the World a Better Place
Sacred Heart is guided by five principles— faith, intellect, service, community, and personal growth. Social justice is woven into the curriculum at Sacred Heart Schools—providing students the chance to give back and see the meaningful impact of their actions. Instilling strong values shapes students into active and informed members of the local community and responsible global citizens.
Graduates Attend Chicago’s Best High Schools
Approximately 95% of Sacred Heart’s students are accepted to their first-choice high school. Students are thoughtfully guided through a high school counseling program where emphasis is placed on helping students find a secondary school that’s the best fit for their learning styles and interests. 8th graders leave well prepared for high school—quickly becoming leaders in academics, extracurriculars, and their new school community.