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Sacred Heart Preparatory (SHP) actively seeks applications from a broad range of students, but in particular looks for those who are passionate learners, socially responsible, eager to engage with the high school community, and above all, capable of succeeding within and contributing to a challenging and rigorous academic environment. SHP welcomes all applicants of diverse backgrounds, experience, and talents who can make a positive impact on our campus life and greater school community.

The SHP application process typically begins in the fall preceding the year of proposed entry. We offer multiple opportunities for prospective applicants and their families to visit our campus and learn more about our academic and co-curricular programs, as well as school community. SHP Open Houses and Campus Visit Program enable prospective families to better understand the mission, rich traditions, and exciting innovations that define Sacred Heart Schools, Atherton.

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 Lisa Ignoffo at lignoffo@shschools.org or (650) 454-8450.

Steps to Complete the Application Process

List of 7 items.

  • Attend a High School Open House

    Preparatory Open House events are designed for current 7th and 8th graders and their parents to learn more about our high school program and SHS community.

    2018 Preparatory Open Houses 
    (Reservations recommended
    • Sunday, October 28, 2018 at 1:00pm
    • Sunday, November 11, 2018 at 1:00pm
  • Submit an Online Application & Supplemental Documents

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

    A complete Preparatory Application will include:
    • Preliminary Application and $100 Application Fee* by January 10, 2019
    • Parent/Guardian Statement by January 10, 2019
    • Campus Visit
    • Student Statement by January 10, 2019
    • Teacher Recommendations by February 1, 2019
    • Complete Transcripts by February 1, 2019
    • HSPT and Writing Sample by February 1, 2019
    • Parent and Student Interview
    • 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 Campus Visit Program provides each 9th grade applicant the opportunity to spend a day experiencing life at Sacred Heart Preparatory. Visitors meet teachers and current students while attending classes and eating lunch with their campus host.

    After submitting a Preliminary Application, applicants may schedule a visit to Sacred Heart Preparatory. Campus Visits are scheduled from September through January and are a required part of the application process. Please visit Ravenna to schedule your child's campus visit. 
  • Register for High School Placement Test & Writing Sample

    High School Placement Test (HSPT)
    All 9th grade applicants must register for the HSPT administered by the Scholastic Testing Service. Sacred Heart will offer the HSPT on Saturday, January 12, 2019. Online registration for our location is available through Ravenna Solutions and test results will be mailed mid-February.

    If you take the HSPT at another location, please indicate that you would like your results shared with Sacred Heart Prep as quickly as possible. Applications will not be reviewed without the results of the HSPT.

    Writing Sample
    If the applicant takes the HSPT at SHP or one of the San Francisco Archdiocese schools, the writing sample will be included. If the applicant takes the test at any other location, the writing sample will not be included and the admissions office will contact the applicant to schedule a time to complete a writing sample at Sacred Heart in February.

    Extended Time Request
    If the applicant would like to request extended time on the HSPT, please complete the Center for Student Success Application through Ravenna and mail or email all supporting documentation to the Admission Office no later than November 26, 2018.

  • Schedule a Family Interview

    All 9th grade applicant families are required to complete an on campus interview with a member of the Sacred Heart Preparatory faculty. The interview is for the applicant and his or her parents/guardians. Interviews will last approximately 30 minutes.

    Online Registration for 9th Grade Applicant Interviews will open January 11, 2019
  • Learn About Financial Assistance

    We are committed to making a Sacred Heart  education affordable for families regardless of financial circumstance. We offer financial assistance to qualified students, based upon demonstrated financial need.

    To request financial assistance, families must submit a Financial Aid & School Tuition (FAST) application by January 25, 2019, and a copy of their 2018 Tax Returns by February 22, 2019.
    Please visit our Tuition & Financial Assistance Page to learn more.
  • Applying to Grades 10 - 12

    Grade 9 is the natural entry point to Sacred Heart Preparatory. Acceptance to grades 10 -12 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 grades 10 and 11 should create a Ravenna Solutions account and submit a completed application by our stated deadlines and note a Campus Visit and Interview date of February 6, 2019

    Families interested in grade 12, please contact the Admissions Office directly for more information. 

Preparatory Admissions Timeline

  • Wednesday, September 5: Online application available at 10:00 a.m.
  • Sunday, October 28: Open House 
  • Sunday, November 11: Open House
  • Monday, November 26: Supplemental CSS Application deadline (for students with documented learning differences only)
  • Thursday, January 10: Application and Statement deadline
  • Friday, January 11: 9th Grade Applicant and Parent/Guardian Interview Registration Link available on Ravenna
  • Saturday, January 12: HSPT 
  • Friday, January 25: Tuition assistance (FAST) application deadline
  • Saturday, January 26: 9th Grade Applicant and Parent/Guardian Interviews (limited interview times available after school on January 28, 29, 30)  
  • 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

Admissions Staff

Wendy Quattlebaum
Director of Admissions and Financial Aid 
Tel: 650.473.4073
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