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How to Apply

How to Apply - Lower School


Welcome and thank you for your interest in Sacred Heart Schools, Atherton! Our application for the 2025-26 academic year opens on September 3, 2024. To learn more about the process, please review the step-by-step instructions by grade level, below. 

Note: The application process begins by creating a Ravenna account profile. You can view and track deadlines for every required piece of the Sacred Heart application through a convenient checklist on the Ravenna portal. Please note the deadlines listed within each step as they do vary between grade levels. A successful application will have every item checked off as “complete” once processed by our Admission Team.


Explore SHS Online

September – December 

Explore Sacred Heart Schools virtually to learn what makes our community, “the second happiest place on earth!" 


Begin the Application Process

By January 9, 2025

This season, we are hosting a variety of required and optional virtual and in person events. Parent Info Sessions and Parent Tours allow prospective applicant parents to learn about the unique and special qualities of a Sacred Heart experience.

The following steps/forms must be submitted through Ravenna by the January 9th deadline to confirm your interest in applying to Sacred Heart Schools.

  1. Virtual Parent Info Session - a great first step!
  2. Preliminary Application Form + fee*
  3. Parent/Guardian Statement
  4. Assessment Video - Kindergarten and 1st Grade only
  5. Student Classroom Visit - Kindergarten & 1st Grade Jan/Feb, 2nd - 5th grades TBD/as needed
  6. Teacher Evaluation(s)

Age Requirement: A child must meet the age requirement below by May 31st, 2025 in order to be an applicant to the corresponding program/grade level.  
  • Kindergarten = 5 years old
  • 1st = 6 years old 
  • 2nd = 7 years old
  • 3rd = 8 years old
  • 4th = 9 years old
  • 5th = 10 years old
*Please note: if the application fee presents a financial hardship, please contact admission@shschools.org to request a waiver.


(Optional) Apply for Tuition Assistance

By February 3, 2025

We welcome all families who are interested in tuition assistance to submit a Clarity application. To learn more about the process, visit Tuition & Affordability.

If you have questions about the tuition assistance process, feel free to schedule time with us.  

Tuition & Affordability

We are committed to providing a maximum of academically qualified students with access, regardless of financial circumstances.
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Meet the Admission Team

We look forward to getting to know you and your family as you explore all that our community has to offer.
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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