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Preparatory (SHP)

SHP Admission Process

Thank you for your interest in Sacred Heart Preparatory. We hope our admissions materials, events and process will give you a sense of what SHS 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!

Sacred Heart Schools, Atherton uses 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 to multiple schools and can be shared through Ravenna. New users will need to create an account before starting an online application.

List of 6 items.

  • Schedule a Student Interview

    All applicants to 9th grade are invited to attend an on-campus interviewwith 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.
  • Attend an 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

  • Tour the Campus

    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.
  • Register for High School Placement Test & Writing Test

    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.
  • Apply Online & Submit Supporting 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.
  • 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.

Contact Info

Wendy Quattlebaum
Director of Admissions and Financial Aid 

Melissa Chao
Admissions Associate

Lisa Ignoffo 
Admissions Assistant

Tel: 650.473.4006
Fax: 650.326.2761
Where Scholarship and Values Matter
Founded by the Society of Sacred Heart, SHS is a Catholic, independent, co-ed day school for students in preschool through grade 12