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Lower School

Approximately 240 students in grades 1-5 comprise the Lower School at SHS, taking part in a dynamic and engaging academic and co-curricular program that emphasizes foundational concepts and development of the whole child- intellectual, spiritual, and physical.

We invite you to get to know Sacred Heart Schools, Atherton by attending one of our admissions events and discuss with us how our unique Preschool-Grade 12 community might be the right fit for your family.  

We look forward to working with and coming to know your family during this process.

The 2018-2019 Admissions season has concluded. Online applications for the 2019-2020 school year will open online in September 2019. 

For questions and general inquiries, please contact Abby Miller Gudich at amiller@shschools.org or (650) 454-8347.

Steps to Complete the Application Process

List of 5 items.

  • General Admissions Information

    At Sacred Heart, the main entry points are Preschool, Kindergarten, 6th grade and 9th grade. As such, openings in Grades 1 - 5 vary each year, and is dependent on available space and attrition. We do not expect to know if we will have openings in Grades 1 to 5 until the middle of the academic year. For this reason, we still encourage families to show their interest by attending admissions events and submitting a complete application by the appropriate deadlines.

    The admissions office will contact lower school applicants to schedule assessments and campus visits in mid-January. All lower school applicants who have completed their applications before the appropriate deadlines should expect an admissions decision in March.

    If you have any questions about openings or the grade 1 to 5 admissions process, please do not hesitate to contact our Preschool to Grade 5 Director of Admissions, Abby Miller Gudich.

    We look forward to meeting and coming to know your family!
  • Visit Campus

    We invite perspective grade 1 to 5 families to get to know us by attending one of the following admissions 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 kindergarten and grade 1 to 5 program. Due to limited space, these tours are for parents/guardians only and for families looking to apply for the 2019-2020 academic year. 

    Sacred Heart Education Campus Tour

    Take the opportunity to learn how we put Sacred Heart educational philosophy into practice as a Preschool to Grade 12 School. During your time on campus, you will hear from our Director of Schools and other key administrators at different spots of our campus.

    Registration  for campus tours is required through Ravenna.

  • Submit an Online Application and Supplemental Documents

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

    A complete Lower School Application will include:

    • Preliminary Application and $100 Application Fee* by January 10, 2019
    • Parent/Guardian Statement by January 10, 2019.
    • Teacher Recommendations by February 1, 2019.
    • Complete Transcripts by February 1, 2019. 
    • 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 Admissions Office at admissions@shschools.org to request a fee waiver.

    Once applications and supplemental materials have been received and reviewed by Sacred Heart, Lower School applicants will be contacted in mid January to schedule a student visit.
  • Parent Interviews and Applicant Visits

    Parent Interviews

    Once submitting the application, parents and guardians are invited to schedule an interview through Ravenna.  This is an opportunity for the admissions team to learn more about your child and family in addition to answering  your questions. Interview appointments will be available starting in mid-October.

    Campus Visits

    We invite applicants for grades 1 to 5 who have completed their applications to visit on a day in February. During the visit, applicants sit in on classes, meet our teachers and students, and complete an admissions assessment.  The admissions office will contact lower school applicants in mid-January to schedule assessments and campus visits.
  • Learn About Financial Assistance

    We are committed to making a Sacred Heart education affordable for all academically qualified students regardless of financial circumstance. Sacred Heart Schools offers assistance to qualified students in the form of financial aid, based upon demonstrated financial need.

    To request financial assistance, families must submit a F.A.S.T. application by January 25, 2018 and a copy of their 2018 Tax Returns by February 22, 2019.

    Please visit our Tuition & Financial Assistance Page for more information.

Lower School Application Timeline

  • Wednesday, September 5: Online application available at 10:00 a.m.
  • Thursday, January 10: Preliminary Application and Statement deadline
  • Friday, January 25: Tuition assistance (FAST) application deadline
  • Friday, February 1: Supplemental document deadline
  • Friday, February 22: 2018 Tax return submitted through FAST
  • Thursday, March 21: Admissions decisions mailed
  • Friday, March 22: Admissions decisions released via Ravenna at 4:00 p.m.
  • Friday, March 29: Enrollment contracts and deposit deadline


Tel: 650.473-4073
Fax: 650.326.2761

Mailing Address:
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