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Sacred Heart Schools, Atherton is committed to doing the work of providing a more diverse, equitable and inclusive learning environment for all students. We also care deeply about the health and wellbeing of every child who makes SHS their academic home. In light of the compounded national events affecting Black, Indigenous and people of color, it is clear that systemic action is long overdue.
As a community, we lean on our mission to guide this progress. After reflecting on our goals of health & wellness and a social awareness that impels to action, we will no longer require prospective students to submit scores or take standardized tests (HSPT or ISEE) as part of the admission process. The data overwhelmingly shows that requiring standardized entrance tests causes excess pressure, exposes financial disparity and perpetuates outcomes that disproportionately and negatively impact our students particularly those from underrepresented groups, 
serves as an inaccurate measure of a student’s ability for our admission committee. 

Our community is taking a decisive stand to dismantle inequality and promote holistic wellbeing, to start, by eliminating a test that often creates undue stress on students and serves as an inaccurate measure of a student’s ability for our admission committee.

Virtual Application Process

Thank you for your interest in Sacred Heart Schools, Atherton. We are accepting applications to be considered for rolling admission to select grades. Please reach out to Wendy Quattlebaum, Director of Admission and Tuition Assistance at admission@shschools.org with your child’s first & last name, birthdate, and prospective grade level and we will get back to you with information.
Thank you for your interest in Sacred Heart Schools, Atherton. As we have all adjusted to doing things in a new way this year, Covid-19 has both forced and allowed us to reimagine the admission process. Fall 2020 will look different than in years past. Please come back and visit our site in early September, where we will continue to post updates about the necessary details to prepare for the launch of the 2021-22 season. If you have specific questions before then, we are here! Please do not hesitate to contact us at admission@shschools.org.

learn More about our School

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  • Community Life

    We gather together as a community in service to, and with, one another.

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  • Creative Exploration & Inquiry

    Students are encouraged to fuel the imagination through our state of the art creative resources.
  • Gator Sports

    Our students are exposed to a wide array of top athletics programs.
  • Our Catholic Identity

    Since 1898, Sacred Heart Schools, Atherton has embraced its historic legacy; teaching faith as an incentive to do good in the world. 
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  • The Arts

    Creative expression and appreciation is a cornerstone of the student experience. 

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Why a Sacred Heart School?

At the young age of 21, St. Madeleine Sophie Barat founded the Society of the Sacred Heart in Paris, just after the French Revolution. Through a period of great upheaval, she envisioned an educational model that would nurture, inspire and equip children to take action and do good, saying, “Your example, even more than your words, will be an eloquent lesson to the world." 

Today, Sophie’s message is alive in her students and educators, globally.

The Religious of the Society of the Sacred Heart and lay Sacred Heart educators have carried out and expanded upon her imperative of educational excellence over the last two centuries. The Network of Sacred Heart schools is an association of 24 Catholic schools that span across the United States and Canada with nearly 150 schools internationally. Independent yet united in spirit and purpose, Sacred Heart Schools around the world believe in educating the whole child and preparing them to live fully, wisely and justly. At the core of the Sacred Heart education are our Goals and Criteria: strong principles that guide the intentions of our 200-year tradition.

Sacred Heart Schools, Atherton’s culture and identity are inextricably bound to the vision set forth in the Goals of Sacred Heart Schools. These values form the moral compass that influences the choices made within our community. Learning to draw upon these values during their school days, SHS graduates become young people of conviction, courage, and confidence.
To learn more about Sacred Heart education visit: 

What is the Mission of Sacred Heart Education?

Meet the Admission Team

Quattlebaum ‘93
Director of Admission & Tuition Assistance
Ellen Williamson
Associate Director of Admission (PSK - Grade 5)
Lizeth Aguirre ‘98
Associate Director of Admission & Marketing Strategy (Middle School)
Lisa Ignoffo
Associate Director of Admission (Preparatory)
Carrie Wilkins ‘06
Admission Associate

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We are here to help. Families that need a one-on-one meeting with our admission staff to talk about unique circumstances or next-step conversations should consider scheduling a phone or virtual meeting with our admission staff. You can schedule a phone meeting by emailing admission@shschools.org.

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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