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Lower School

The Lower School at SHS is comprised of approximately 240 students in grades 1-5. They take part in a dynamic, engaging academic and co-curricular program that emphasizes foundational concepts and development of the whole child - intellectual, spiritual, and physical.

We invite you to get to know Sacred Heart Schools, Atherton by attending one of our admission events and discuss with us how our unique Preschool - Grade 12 community may be the right fit for your family.  

We look forward to working with and coming to know your family during this process.

Steps to Complete the Application Process

List of 5 items.

  • General Admission Information

    At Sacred Heart, the main entry points are preschool, kindergarten, grade 6 and grade 9. As such, openings in grades 1 - 5 vary each year, and is dependent on available space and attrition. We do not expect to know if we will have openings in grades 1 to 5 until the middle of the academic year. For this reason, we still encourage families to show their interest by attending admission events and submitting a complete application by the appropriate deadlines.

    The admission office will contact lower school applicants to schedule assessments and campus visits in mid-January. All lower school applicants who have completed their applications before the appropriate deadlines should expect an admission decision in March.

    If you have any questions about openings or the grade 1 to 5 admission process, please do not hesitate to contact us.

    We look forward to meeting and coming to know your family!
  • Visit Campus

    We invite prospective grade 1 - 5 families to get to know us by attending one of the following admission events as part of their application process. 

    Campus Tour

    We encourage parents and guardians to register for a tour to see our campus and learn more about our grade 1 - 5 program. Due to limited space, these tours are for parents/guardians only and for families looking to apply for the 2020-2021 academic year. 

    Registration for campus tours is required through Ravenna.
  • Submit an Online Application and Supplemental Documents

    All applications and supplemental documents are completed and submitted electronically through Ravenna.

    A complete Lower School Application will include:
    • Preliminary Application and $100 Application Fee*
    • Parent/Guardian Statement
    • Teacher Recommendations
    • Complete Transcripts
    • We encourage you to upload a photo of your student and or family to help us with putting names and faces together
    *Application fee waivers are also available for qualified applicants. Please contact the Admission Office at admission@shschools.org to request a fee waiver.

    Once applications and supplemental materials have been received and reviewed by Sacred Heart, Lower School applicants will be contacted in mid-January to schedule a student visit.
  • Parent Interviews and Applicant Visits

    Parent Interviews

    Once submitting the application, parents/guardians are invited to schedule an interview through Ravenna.  This is an opportunity for the admission team to learn more about your child and family in addition to answering  your questions. Interview appointments will be available starting in mid-October.

    Campus Visits

    We invite applicants for grades 1 to 5 who have completed their applications to visit on a day in February. During the visit, applicants sit in on classes, meet our teachers and students, and complete an admission assessment.  The admission office will contact lower school applicants in mid-January to schedule assessments and campus visits.
  • Learn About Tuition Assistance

    We are committed to making a Sacred Heart education affordable for all academically qualified students regardless of financial circumstance. Sacred Heart Schools offers aid to qualified students in the form of tuition assistance, based upon demonstrated financial need.

    To request tuition assistance, families must submit a F.A.S.T. application by January 24, 2020 and a copy of their 2019 Tax Returns by February 24, 2020.

    Please visit our Tuition and Affordability Page for more information.

Lower School Application Timeline

  • Tuesday, September 3: Online application available at 10:00 a.m.
  • Thursday, January 9: Preliminary Application and Statement deadline
  • Friday, January 24: Tuition assistance (FAST) application deadline
  • Monday, February 3: Supplemental document deadline
  • Monday, February 24: 2019 Tax return submitted through FAST
  • Thursday, March 19: Admission decisions mailed
  • Friday, March 20: Admission decisions released via Ravenna at 4:00 p.m.
  • Friday, March 27: Enrollment contracts and deposit deadline


Ellen Williamson
Associate Director, Admission
Tel: 650.454.8347
Fax: 650.326.2761

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