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Network of Sacred Heart Schools

Middle School

Rigorous and transformative, the Middle School curriculum guides students in grades 6-8 to become thoughtful leaders who are self-directed, self-advocating, able to work collaboratively, and active participants in the educational process. Framed through Christian values, instruction promotes inquiry, critical thinking, and creativity in an inclusive learning environment.

Steps to Complete the Application Process

List of 6 items.

  • Attend a 6th Grade Open House

    6th Grade Open House events are designed for current 5th graders and their parents considering an application to our 6th grade program for the 2020-2021 academic year. Prospective families are invited to attend sample classes, meet current teachers, students and Administrators to learn more about our curriculum, school community and admission process.
  • Apply Online & Submit Supporting Documents

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

    A complete Middle School Application will include:
    • Preliminary Application and $100 Application Fee*
    • Parent/Guardian Statement
    • Campus Visit
    • Student Statement
    • Teacher Recommendations
    • Complete Transcripts
    • ISEE Scores
    • 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 wavier.
  • Schedule a Campus Visit

    The Middle School Campus Visit Program provides each 6th grade applicant the opportunity to spend a day experiencing life at Sacred Heart Middle School. Visitors meet teachers and current students while attending classes and eating lunch with a 6th grade host.

    After completing a Preliminary Application, applicants may schedule a visit to our middle school. Campus Visits are scheduled from October to January and are a required part of 6th grade application process.
  • Register for ISEE

    Sacred Heart Schools will offer the online ISEE on December 15, 2018 and January 12, 2019. Students are welcome to test at any site but must ensure their results are sent directly to Sacred Heart by including our ERB number (054090) with their registration.

    Sacred Heart Schools recommends applicants complete ISEE registration early to ensure their preferred testing date and test no later than January 26, 2019.

    Due to a policy change with ISEE administration, students will be allowed to take the test more than once during their admission process. Sacred Heart Schools, Atherton expects to receive scores for each test a student takes. All test scores should be received by February 1, 2019.

    For more information on the test, including registration, dates, and locations, visit www.iseetest.org.

    We are committed to making our application process accessible to all interested candidates, regardless of financial circumstances. As such, ISEE fee waivers are available for qualified applicants. Please contact the Admission Office to request an ISEE fee wavier.
  • 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.
  • Applying to 7th and 8th Grades

    Grade 6 is the natural entry point to Sacred Heart Middle School. Acceptance to grades 7 and 8 is dependent upon multiple factors including, but not limited to, available space and attrition. We invite you to contact the Admission Office directly for the most current information regarding openings.

    Families interested in 7th-grade should create a Ravenna account and submit a completed application by our stated deadlines. Candidates for 8th-grade should create a Ravenna account and submit their preliminary application and statements by January 9, 2020.

    The Admission Office will contact 7th and 8th-grade candidates directly to complete the admission process, which includes the submission of supplemental documents (8th-grade candidates), if the application can be fully entertained. 

Middle School Application Timeline

Please note these dates and deadlines are subject to addition and change. Please check your Ravenna application account for the most accurate dates and deadline information.

  • Tuesday, September 3:  Online application available at 10:00 a.m.
  • Thursday, October 24: Middle School Open House (current 5th graders only)
  • Saturday, November 9: Middle School Open House (current 5th graders only)
  • Saturday, December 14: ISEE
  • Thursday, January 9: Application and statement deadline
  • Saturday,  January 11: ISEE
  • 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 contract and deposit deadline


Lizeth Aguirre (SHP '98)
Associate Director, Admission
Tel: 650.473.4060
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