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Applying to Sacred Heart Preparatory 

Thank you for your interest in Sacred Heart Preparatory.  We hope our admissions materials, events and process will give you a sense of what Sacred Heart Schools offers its students and their families.  We know applications can be stressful but we are here to help and are excited to come to know your family through our admissions process.  We look forward to welcoming you to our campus soon!

Please note that Sacred Heart Schools, Atherton is one of the Bay Area schools using the web-based platform, Ravenna Solutions, for the submission of all application materials. Through Ravenna Solutions, you can manage your application process and submit supplemental forms such as teacher evaluations and transcripts. Many of these supplemental forms are common forms that are shared among multiple schools. New users will need to create an account before starting an online application.  

To begin...

Request a Viewbook and Explore our Process

Everything you need to explore and apply to Sacred Heart Schools, Atherton can be managed through a Ravenna account. As soon as you create an account and explore Sacred Heart Schools we will send you our Admissions Viewbook.

Attend a High School Open House

Preparatory Open House events are designed for current 7th and 8th graders and their parents to learn more about our high school program and SHS community. 

2014 Preparatory Open Houses

Submit an Online Application and Supplemental Documents

We welcome your application to Sacred Heart Schools, Atherton for the 2015-2016 Academic year. All applications and supplemental documents are completed and submitted electronically through Ravenna Solutions.  

We are committed to making our application process accessible to all interested candidates, regardless of financial circumstances. As such, application fee waivers are available for qualified applicants.  Please contact the Admissions Office at (650) 473-4006 to request a fee wavier.

A complete Preparatory Application will include:

  • Preliminary Application and $100 Application Fee
  • Parent/Guardian Statement
  • Campus Visit
  • Student Statement 
  • Teacher Recommendations
  • Complete Transcripts
  • HSPT and Writing Sample
  • Student Interview


Schedule a Campus Visit

The Campus Visit Program provides each 9th grade applicant the opportunity to spend a day experiencing life at Sacred Heart Preparatory. Visitors meet teachers and current students while attending classes and eating lunch with their campus host.

After completing a Preliminary Application, applicants may schedule a visit to Sacred Heart Preparatory. Campus Visits are scheduled from September through January and are a required part of the application process.  

Schedule a Campus Visit

Register for the High School Placement Test (HSPT) and Writing Sample

All 9th grade applicants must register for the High School Placement Test (HSPT) administered by the Scholastic Testing Service (STS).

SHP will offer the HSPT on Saturday, January 10, 2015.  Online registration for our location is available through Ravenna Solutions and test results will be mailed in the middle of February. 

if you take the HSPT at another location, please indicate that you would like your results shared with Sacred Heart Prep as quickly as possible.  Applications will not be reviewed without the results of the HSPT.

Writing Sample

If the applicant takes the HSPT at SHP or one of the San Francisco Archdiocese Schools, the writing sample will be included.

If the applicant takes the test at any other location,  SHP will contact the applicant to schedule a time to complete a writing sample at SHP.

Extended Time Request

If the applicant would like to request extended time on the High School Placement Test (HSPT), please complete the Extended Time Request form and email all documentation to the Admission Office by November 14, 2014.

Schedule a Student Interview

All applicants to 9th grade are invited to attend an on-campus interview with a member of the Sacred Heart Preparatory faculty. The interview is for the applicant only and will be approximately 15 minutes.  

Registration for 9th Grade Applicant Interviews will be open January 12th, 2015.



Learn about Financial Assistance

We are committed to making a Sacred Heart education affordable for all academically qualified students regardless of financial circumstance.  Sacred Heart Schools offers assistance to qualified students in the form of financial aid, based upon demonstrated financial need.  Ravenna Solutions Application fee waivers are also available for qualified applicants. Please contact the Admissions Office at (650) 473-4006 to request a fee wavier.

To request financial assistance, families must submit a F.A.S.T. application by January 30, 2015 and a copy of their 2014 Tax Returns by February 13, 2015. To learn more please visit our Tuition & Financial Assistance Page.

Relocating and Applying from Afar

Sacred Heart Schools welcomes families from all over the country and globe to our admissions process, understanding the complexities that come with relocating to a new area.

Please note Sacred Heart Schools does not admit any candidate without a physical visit to the campus and does not conduct interviews via video or teleconference. We encourage families facing relocations to contact the Admissions Office at least one month prior to any potential visit.

To learn more about how to apply to Sacred Heart Schools from outside Northern California, please contact Associate Admissions Director, Abby Miller at


Grade 9 is the natural entry point to Sacred Heart Prepatory.  Acceptance to grades 10 and 11 is dependent upon multiple factors including, but not limited to, available space and attrition.  

Families interested in grade 10 and 11 should create a Ravenna Solutions account and submit the required application and supplemental documents.  They should not register for Open Houses or Campus Visit appointments.

The Admissions Office will contact select candidates in early March 2015 with information on completing the application process.

Sacred Heart Schools will not be accepting grade 12 applications for the 2015-2016 school year.

Manage the Application Process

A Ravenna Solutions account will allow prospective families to monitor the status of their application to the school.

Sacred Heart provides a printable checklist so families can keep track of the admissions process in hard copy.

SHP Admissions Checklist

Admissions Staff

Wendy Quattlebaum
Director of Admissions
and Financial Aid

Abby Miller
Associate Admissions Director

Melissa Chao
Admissions Assistant

Contact Information

Tel: 650.473.4006

Fax: 650.326.2761

Mailing Address:
150 Valparaiso Avenue 
Atherton, CA 94027 

Preparatory Admissions Calendar

    • SatJan31 FAST (Financial Aid for Student Tuition) On-Line Application Due
    • FriFeb13 New Applicant 2014 Federal & State Taxes with All Schedules & W-2's Due to FAST
    • FriMar27 Current SHS Student 2014 Federal & State Taxes with All Schedules and W-2's Due to FAST

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