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Network of Sacred Heart Schools

Preschool & Kindergarten

Welcome to Our Program!

Sacred Heart’s Preschool & Kindergarten offers an outstanding educational program, combining Montessori-inspired method of education with the faith traditions and educational goals of the Religious of the Sacred Heart - all delivered in a caring and nurturing environment.

We invite you to get to know Sacred Heart Schools, Atherton through the admission process 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.


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  • General Admission Information


    The Preschool consists of three classrooms with a maximum of 24 students and two certified Montessori teachers in each room. The classrooms are equipped with a full range of Montessori materials which help young children build independence through repeated practice of concrete experiences. Preschoolers also have access to an Outdoor Classroom, staffed by two trained Montessori teachers who design and lead multisensory lessons that engage the whole body and introduce the study of nature. Please click here to learn more about the Montessori Method and classroom experience at Sacred Heart.

    A child must be three years old by May 31 to start school in August. The Montessori primary curriculum is a three-year program. Preschool children generally spend two years in the same classroom before moving on to Kindergarten.
    Before beginning preschool, a child must be toilet trained, ready to separate from their primary caregivers, and willing to interact positively with children and adults.  We aim to nurture the child's interests by providing a balance of social-emotional learning and academic tasks.

    The Kindergarten consists of two classrooms, each with 24 students and two teachers, one of whom is Montessori trained. The academic program combines elements of the Montessori classroom and other research-based programs, such as Writers Workshop, Guided Reading, and Math In Focus. The Kindergarten faculty is trained in Responsive Classroom practices, which combine social and academic learning throughout the day. Elements of this practice include delivering  interactive lessons, and teacher language that gives students meaningful choices and sets high expectations and a positive tone for learning. These programs provide an introduction to the academic and social emotional learning that will continue in Lower Middle School.

    Children need to be five years old by May 31 to start Kindergarten in August.*  Admission to Kindergarten is based on a child’s age, social and emotional maturity, and academic readiness. Sacred Heart preschool students typically fill the majority of Kindergarten openings.

    For the 2020-2021 school year, we anticipate approximately 8-10 openings for new Kindergarten students.

    *Children with summer birthdays who have completed Kindergarten at another school often repeat Kindergarten at SHS.
  • Tour the Campus

    We invite prospective preschool and kindergarten 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 preschool and kindergarten 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.
  • Attend an Open House

    The Open House is a wonderful opportunity for the whole family to learn more about the Preschool and Kindergarten program at Sacred Heart. Parents and their children are invited explore our classrooms, meet teachers and try student activities at their own pace. Current lower school students, preschool and kindergarten parents, staff, and admission team are looking forward to sharing their experiences and welcoming you to campus.  Reservations are not required. Guests are asked to arrive prior to 11:30am. 

    Preschool and Kindergarten Open Houses
    • Saturday, October 5, 2019 10:00am - 12:00pm
    • Saturday, December 14, 2019 10:00 am - 12:00pm
    We look forward to seeing you and your family!
  • Submit an Application and Supporting Documents

    Our online application - Ravenna - will show a checklist of items needed to complete an application to Sacred Heart. Each step will be marked as complete by our office as your documents are received and processed.

    A complete application to Preschool and Kindergarten will include:
    • Preliminary Application and $100 Application Fee or Fee Waiver*
      • Please upload a photo of your applicant or family to Ravenna so we can begin connecting names to faces
    • Parent/Guardian Statement
    • Student Evaluation Form (required only for students currently enrolled in school)
    • Parent Interview
    • Applicant Screening  
    *Application fee waivers are available for qualified applicants.
    Please contact the Admission Office at admission@shschools.org to request a fee waiver.
  • Parent Interviews and Applicant Screenings

    Parent Interviews

    Once submitting the application, parents and 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.

    Applicant Screenings

    All Preschool applicants will be invited to campus to try student activities and meet with our teachers. Information about applicant screenings will be emailed to applicants in mid-January. 

    All Kindergarten applicants will register to attend a screening at Sacred Heart on one of the following dates:
    • Saturday January 25, 2020
    • Saturday February 29, 2020
    During the screening, children will participate in small group activities with other applicants and individual skill stations with our teachers. 

    Reservations are required through Ravenna. Please follow the directions on Ravenna and register your child for the screening date that best matches their age group. 

  • 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.

Preschool & Kindergarten Admission 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, January 9: Application deadline
  • Friday, January 24: Tuition assistance (FAST) application deadline
  • Monday, February 3: Supplemental 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

More Questions? 
Contact our office at admission@shschools.org or 650.454.8347 for more information.


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