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Admission

Transition Year FAQs

Transition Year FAQs

As families plan a transition to SHS in the fall, we are here to answer your questions. Read below for responses to some frequently asked questions about getting in touch with current SHS families, visiting campus, the academic calendar and more!

Transition Year FAQs

List of 11 frequently asked questions.

  • Who do I contact if I have questions?

    The SHS community is eager to hear from you and available to connect in a variety of ways.
    • Contact the SHS Admission Team
    • Reach out to our current parents 1:1 through our SHS Ambassador page.
    • We invite admitted Middle School and High School students to complete the surveys (linked, by grade level) and we will match them with a current Gator who shares similar interests 1:1.
    • Keep an eye out for our Gator Greeter parents who will be connecting with new families directly starting in May, to welcome you to our community!
  • I'm having trouble finding my new parent login information. What should I do?

    After a new student is admitted, parents should receive an invitation to create a Blackbaud ID to login to the SHS Parent Portal. If you are having trouble logging in, please review these troubleshooting instructions.
  • Can I visit campus to take a look around?


    Yes - the Sacred Heart campus is open to you!

    In-person
    • All newly-admitted families are welcome to drive to campus and take a look around using the maps linked here. Note: please email admission@shschools.org to notify us when you are thinking about dropping by, so we can let you know if there is anything of interest happening on campus!
    • Undecided admitted rising 9th graders are invited for an optional “Prep Student Experience” on Monday, March 21 or Tuesday, March 22. Read more here.
    Virtual: Finally, you are always welcome to explore campus virtually, with some of our wonderful student guides or revisit our immersive virtual guides to get a sense of our campus and community, online. 

    We look forward to hosting all of our new families for fun, in-person welcome events by grade level in April and May (Please see spring events questions for more details).
     
  • Will there be any events for new families/new classes this spring?


    Absolutely!  SHS will host multiple activities for our newly admitted families this spring. Our Admission Team, Student Life Team, and Parent Association are excited to meet our new students and parents.  Go Gators!

    Informational Welcome Zoom
    • Preschool: Thursday, March 31, 2022, 9:00 - 9:30 am
    • Kinder - Grade 5: Friday, April 1, 2022, 9:00 - 9:30 am
    • Middle School: Wednesday, March 30, 2022, 7:00 - 7:30 pm
    • Prep: Thursday, March 31, 2022, 7:00 - 7:30 pm

    In-Person Welcome Events
    • Preschool-Grade 5 Welcome Coffee: Thurs, May 5, 2022, 9:00 - 10:30 am
    • Middle School Welcome Night: Wednesday, May 3, 2022, 6:00 - 7:30 pm
    • Prep Welcome Night: Thursday, April 28, 2022, 6:30 - 8:00 pm
    *all dates subject to change
  • How do I find out about SHP placement tests and fall classes?


    All incoming 9th grade students will take Science, Math & World Language placement tests on Saturday, April 23, 2022. In May, students will meet with their counselors 1:1 to discuss their schedules for the fall. The SHS Admission Team will cover this topic in more detail during the Informational Welcome Zoom and your Academic Counselors will be in touch with details, soon!
  • Where can I find the 2022-23 SHS School Calendar?


    Visit the SHS Main Site’s Calendar page for the latest version of the 2022-23 academic & athletic calendars.
    Please note:
    • The first day of school is the week of August 15, 2022.
    • For Prep students planning on participating in a fall sport, tryouts are typically in early August.
    • For Middle School students planning on participating in a fall sport, registration opens and practice typically begins in August.
  • How does my student find out about athletics, arts and club opportunities?


    The SHS Admission Team will update and remain in contact with families about different offerings available to students in the 2022-23 academic year.  Grade level welcome events will also cover important dates and contact information for program leads.
  • Are there summer opportunities for my student(s) on campus?


    YES! 
     
    SHS Camp Gator '22: Schedule & Registration Now Open! (All grade levels)
    Our Camp Gator summer programs feature something for everyone! This year's athletic offerings include camps/clinics in baseball, basketball, football, lacrosse, soccer, swimming, tennis, and water polo. Additionally, SHS welcomes Mid-Pen Sports (Powered by Hi-Five) back to campus to run their youth sports camps. Please visit the Camp Gator website for additional information and registration.
    Feel free to spread the word to anyone who may be interested in SHS summer opportunities (participants do not need to be SHS students to attend)!
     
    Coming Soon! Summer Programming Registration 
    Preschool - Grade 8: We are planning to offer academic and co-curricular opportunities this summer for our K-8 students. You can read more about the latest plans for summer enrichment on the 3/23 Letter from P-Grade 8 SHS Administration Team.  A summer registration link will be coming soon!
  • Do SHS students wear uniforms?


    Grades 9-12
    :  No uniform. Students are expected to follow some informal attire guidelines (i.e. appropriate for weather and school, dress days for special events, etc).

    Grades Preschool - Grade 8: Yes. 
    • For reference, please refer to the 21-22 uniform guidelines.
    • Families can acquire uniforms through the following options:
      1. School Sponsored Uniform Exchange
      2. Lands' End SHS school uniform site
    • A few pointers from our veteran parents: 
      1. Sign up for the Lands’ End email mailing list for notice of future sales
      2. No need to stock up on extra items such as sweatshirts as you may find them through the SHS Uniform Exchange Program (Coming soon! Exact date TBD)
      3. Some girls prefer to wear the "boys" SHS mass sweater vests instead of the cardigans.
  • What safety measures will be in place in fall 2022?


    We will abide by the latest state and county guidelines and expect that the school will continue to adhere to the Pandemic Recovery Framework for Safe Schools (San Mateo County guidelines).
Founded by the Society of the Sacred Heart, SHS is a Catholic, independent, co-ed day school for students in preschool through grade 12