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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...

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.

2015 Preparatory Open Houses

Submit an Online Application and Supplemental Documents

We are currently accepting applications to grades 9 through 12 for the 2016-2017 Academic year.  

A complete Preparatory Application will include:

  • Preliminary Application and $100 Application Fee
  • Parent/Guardian Statement
  • Campus Visit (9th grade only)
  • Student Statement
  • Teacher Recommendations
  • Complete Transcripts
  • HSPT and Writing Sample
  • Student Interview

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 SHS Admissions Office to request a fee wavier.

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 take the High School Placement Test (HSPT) administered by the Scholastic Testing Service (STS)

Sacred Heart Preparatory will offer the HSPT on Saturday, January 9, 2016. Online registration for our location is required. 

If you take the HSPT at another location, please indicate on the testing day that you would like your results shared with us. Please note applications will not be complete without the results of the HSPT.

Writing Sample
If the applicant takes the HSPT at Sacred Heart Preparatory or one of the San Francisco Archdiocese Schools, the writing sample will be included. If the applicant takes the test at any other location, the Admissions Office will contact the applicant to schedule a time to complete a writing sample at Sacred Heart Schools in mid January.

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 13, 2015.

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 and staff.

The interview is for the applicant only and will be approximately 15 minutes.

Registration for 9th Grade Applicant Interviews will be open on January 11, 2016.

Important Dates and Deadlines

Preliminary Application Deadline:  January 14, 2016

Teacher Recommendations & Transcripts:  February 1, 2016

HSPT at SHP:  January 9 2016 

Student Interview Date:  January 23, 2016

F.A.S.T Application Deadline:  January 29, 2016 

2015 Tax Return to F.A.S.T.:  February 27, 2016

Electronic Notification Dates for Preparatory Applicants:

Grade 9:  March 10, 2016 after 4:00pm

Grades 10-12:  May 2, 2016 

Learn about Financial Assistance

We are committed to making a Sacred Heart  education affordable for families regardless of financial circumstance. We offer financial assistance to qualified students, based upon demonstrated financial need. 

To request an Ravenna Application fee waiver, please contact the SHS Admissions Office

Visit our Tuition & Financial Assistance Page  to learn more about the financial aid application process and deadlines.

Applying to 10th, 11th and 12th Grades

The natural entry point to Sacred Heart Prep is 9th grade.  As such, admission to grades 10 through 12 is dependent upon available space and attrition.   

All 10-12th grade applications are automatically part of our Round II Admissions Process.  Round II applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, as space permits, and do not follow a specific timeline.  10th-12th grade candidates should submit their application by January 14, 2016 and supporting documents by February 1, 2016. Transfer applicants may register for an Open House but should not register for a campus visit or student interview. 

The Admissions Office will contact select Round II candidates in March to complete the admissions process if the application can be fully entertained.  Round II candidates will be notified of admissions decisions on May 2, 2016.


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

Preparatory Application 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

    • SatFeb27 New Applicant 2015 Federal & State Taxes with All Schedules & W-2's Due to FAST
    • MonMar21 Current SHS Student 2015 Federal & State Taxes with All Schedules and W-2's Due to FAST
    • ThuApr21 Class of 2020 Welcome Night 6:00 PM to 8:30 PMSHP Campus

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