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Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Access (DEIA)

Sophie's Scholars

Dr. James Everitt, Director of Mission Initiatives & Strategic Planning

"If our goal is to provide access to Sacred Heart education, it must be paired with support. Opportunity without support is not access."

Sophie's Scholars Program

For over 100 years, Sacred Heart Schools, Atherton has educated generations of students for a meaningful life. Our students graduate with a sense of purpose, eager to participate in the transformation of the world. We are proud that our Sacred Heart community reflects the ethnic and socioeconomic diversity of the San Francisco Bay Area. Through the multi-tiered Sophie’s Scholars Program (SSP), we work to ensure that talented young people have access to a world-class education and that they are prepared for college and beyond.

A Sacred Heart education does not end at graduation. It lasts a lifetime.

The Sophie's Scholars Journey

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  • Middle School

    Scholars participate in six-week summer programs and are provided year-round academic support to prepare them for a rigorous, competitive high school college preparatory program.
  • High School

    Scholars attend Sacred Heart Preparatory and are provided tuition and non-tuition related financial aid as well as academic, social, and cultural programs that prepare them for college admission.
  • College

    Scholars are provided funds to close the tuition gap not financed through other sources, and ongoing mentoring and advising.

Fast Facts about the Sophie's Scholars Program

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  • 98%

    Middle School Scholars complete the three-year program and matriculate to Sacred Heart Preparatory.
  • 99%

    High School Scholars graduate from Sacred Heart Preparatory
  • 93%

    College Scholars completed undergraduate degrees in four years, with several students earning advanced degrees.
  • 100

    College Scholars have received or are currently receiving support through the BCAF


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  • Photo of Marissa Castañeda

    Marissa Castañeda 

    Director Sophie's Scholars Program

Sacred Heart Schools Atherton

Sacred Heart Schools, Atherton

150 Valparaiso Ave
Atherton, CA 94027
650 322 1866
Founded by the Society of the Sacred Heart, SHS is a Catholic, independent, co-ed day school for students in preschool through grade 12