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Sacred Heart Preparatory (SHP) actively seeks applications from a broad range of students, but in particular looks for those who are passionate learners, socially responsible, eager to engage with the high school community, and above all, capable of succeeding within and contributing to a challenging and rigorous academic environment. SHP welcomes all applicants of diverse backgrounds, experience, and talents who can make a positive impact on our campus life and greater school community.

The SHP application process typically begins in the fall preceding the year of proposed entry. We offer multiple opportunities for prospective applicants and their families to visit our campus and learn more about our academic and co-curricular programs, as well as school community. SHP Open Houses and Campus Visit Program enable prospective families to better understand the mission, rich traditions, and exciting innovations that define Sacred Heart Schools, Atherton.

Steps to Complete the Application Process

List of 7 items.

  • Attend a High School Open House

    Sacred Heart Prep 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.

    2019 SHP Open Houses 
    (Reservations recommended
    • Sunday, October 27, 2019 at 1:00pm
    • Sunday, November 17, 2019 at 1:00pm
  • Submit an Online Application & Supplemental Documents

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

    A complete Preparatory Application will include:
    • Preliminary Application and $100 Application Fee* 
    • Parent/Guardian Statement
    • Campus Visit *Optional 
    • Student Statement 
    • Teacher Recommendations
    • Complete Transcripts 
    • HSPT and Writing Sample 
    • Parent and Student Interview
    • 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 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 submitting a Preliminary Application, applicants may schedule a visit to Sacred Heart Preparatory. Campus Visits are scheduled from September through January and are an optional step for 9th grade applicants. Please visit Ravenna to schedule your child's campus visit. 

    *At this time, the 9th grade campus visit program is full. To put your child's name on our wait list, please complete THIS form. A member of the admission team will be in contact if any space becomes available. 
  • Register for High School Placement Test & Writing Sample

    High School Placement Test (HSPT)
    All 9th grade applicants must register for the HSPT administered by the Scholastic Testing Service. Sacred Heart will offer the HSPT on Saturday, January 11, 2020. Online registration for our location is available through Ravenna Solutions.

    If you take the HSPT at another location, please indicate that you would like your results shared with Sacred Heart Prep as quickly as possible. Applications will not be reviewed without the HSPT Score Report.

    Writing Sample
    If the applicant takes the HSPT at SHP or one of the San Francisco Archdiocese Schools, the writing sample section of the HSPT will be included. If the applicant tests at any San Jose Archdiocese School or location that does not offer the writing sample section, we will contact the applicant to schedule  time to complete the writing sample at SHP in late January. 

    Extended Time Request
    If the applicant would like to request extended time on the HSPT, please complete the Center for Student Success Application through Ravenna and mail or email all supporting documentation to the Admission Office no later than November 22, 2019.

  • Schedule a Family Interview

    All 9th grade applicant families are required to complete an on campus interview with a member of the Sacred Heart Preparatory faculty/staff. The interview is for the applicant and his or her parent(s)/guardian(s). Interviews are expected to last 25- 30 minutes.

    Online Registration for 9th Grade Applicant and Parent/Guardian Interviews will open January 10, 2020
  • Learn About Financial Assistance

    We are committed to making a Sacred Heart education affordable for families regardless of financial circumstance. We offer financial assistance to qualified students, based upon demonstrated financial need.

    To request financial assistance, families must submit a Financial Aid & School Tuition (FAST) application by January 24, 2020, and a copy of their 2019 Tax Returns by February 24, 2020.
    Please visit our Tuition and Affordability Page to learn more.
  • Applying to Grades 10 - 12

    Grade 9 is the natural entry point to Sacred Heart Preparatory. Acceptance to grades 10 -12 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 grades 10 and 11 should create a Ravenna Solutions account and submit a completed application by our stated deadlines and note a Campus Visit and Interview date of February 6, 2020

    Families interested in grade 12, please contact Melissa Bamberg directly for more information. 

Preparatory Admission Timeline

  • Tuesday, September 3: Online application available at 10:00 a.m.
  • Sunday, October 27: Open House 
  • Sunday, November 17: Open House
  • Friday, November 22: Supplemental Academic Support Center (ASC) Application deadline (for students with documented learning differences only)
  • Thursday, January 9: Application and Statement deadline
  • Friday, January 10: 9th Grade Applicant and Parent/Guardian Interview Registration Link available on Ravenna
  • Saturday, January 11: HSPT 
  • Friday, January 24: Tuition assistance (FAST) application deadline
  • Saturday, January 25: 9th Grade Applicant and Parent/Guardian Interviews (limited interview times available after school on January 29 & 30)  
  • Monday, February 3: Supplemental document deadline
  • Friday, 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

Admission Staff

Wendy Quattlebaum (SHP '93)
Director, Admission & Tuition Assistance
Tel: 650.473.4073

Melissa Bamberg
Associate Director, Admission & Tuition Assistance
Tel: 650.473.4006

Lisa Ignoffo 
Assistant Director, Admission
Tel: 650.454.8450

Fax: 650.326.2761

Mailing Address:
ATTN: Admission Office
150 Valparaiso Avenue
Atherton, CA 94027
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