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Network of Sacred Heart Schools

Middle School

Rigorous and transformative, the Middle School curriculum guides students in grades 6-8 to become thoughtful leaders who are self-directed, self-advocating, able to work collaboratively, and active participants in the educational process. Framed through Christian values, instruction promotes inquiry, critical thinking, and creativity in an inclusive learning environment.

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 for the middle school program, please contact Melissa Chao at mchao@shschools.org or (650) 473-4006.

Steps to Complete the Application Process

List of 6 items.

  • Attend a 6th Grade Open House

    6th Grade Open House events are designed for current 5th graders and their parents considering an application to our 6th grade program for the 2019-2020 academic year. Prospective families are invited to attend sample classes, meet current teachers, students and Administrators to learn more about our curriculum, school community and admissions process.
  • Apply Online & Submit Supporting Documents

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

    A complete Middle School Application will include:
    • Preliminary Application and $100 Application Fee*
    • Parent/Guardian Statement
    • Campus Visit
    • Student Statement
    • Teacher Recommendations
    • Complete Transcripts
    • ISEE Scores
    • 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 wavier
  • Schedule a Campus Visit

    The Middle School Campus Visit Program provides each 6th grade applicant the opportunity to spend a day experiencing life at Sacred Heart Middle School. Visitors meet teachers and current students while attending classes and eating lunch with a 6th grade host.

    After completing a Preliminary Application, applicants may schedule a visit to our middle school. Campus Visits are scheduled from October to January and are a required part of 6th grade application process.
  • Register for ISEE

    Sacred Heart Schools will offer the online ISEE on December 15, 2018 and January 12, 2019. Students are welcome to test at any site but must ensure their results are sent directly to Sacred Heart by including our ERB number (054090) with their registration.

    Sacred Heart Schools recommends applicants complete ISEE registration early to ensure their preferred testing date and test no later than January 26, 2019.

    Due to a policy change with ISEE administration, students will be allowed to take the test more than once during their admissions process. Sacred Heart Schools, Atherton expects to receive scores for each test a student takes. All test scores should be received by February 1, 2019.

    For more information on the test, including registration, dates, and locations, visit www.iseetest.org.

    We are committed to making our application process accessible to all interested candidates, regardless of financial circumstances. As such, ISEE fee waivers are available for qualified applicants. Please contact the Admissions Office to request an ISEE fee wavier.
  • 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, 2019 and a copy of their 2018 Tax Returns by February 22, 2019. 

    Please visit our Tuition & Financial Assistance Page for more information.
  • Applying to 7th and 8th Grades

    Grade 6 is the natural entry point to Sacred Heart Middle School. Acceptance to grades 7 and 8 is dependent upon multiple factors including, but not limited to, available space and attrition. We invite you to contact the admissions office directly for the most current information regarding openings.

    Families interested in 7th-grade should create a Ravenna Solutions account and submit a completed application by our stated deadlines. Candidates for 8th-grade should create a Ravenna Solutions account and submit their preliminary application and statements by January 10, 2019. The Admissions Office will contact 7th and 8th-grade candidates directly to complete the admissions process, which includes the submission of supplemental documents (8th-grade candidates), if the application can be fully entertained. 

Middle School Application 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.

  • Wednesday, September 5:  Online application available at 10:00 a.m.
  • Thursday, October 18: Middle School Open House (current 5th graders only)
  • Saturday, November 10: Middle School Open House (current 5th graders only)
  • Saturday, December 15: ISEE
  • Thursday, January 10: Application and statement deadline
  • Saturday,  January 12: ISEE
  • 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 contract and deposit deadline


Wendy Quattlebaum
Director of Admissions and Financial Aid 
Tel: 650.473.4073

Melissa Chao
Associate Director, 6th - 12th Grade Admissions and Financial Aid
Tel: 650.473.4006

Lisa Ignoffo 
Assistant Director of Admissions, Grades 6-12
Tel: 650.454.8450

Mailing Address:
150 Valparaiso Avenue
Atherton, CA 94027
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