Network of Sacred Heart Schools

Preparatory (SHP)

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.

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  • Entering Grade 9

    SHP has a low rate of attrition from Sacred Heart’s Middle School, but each year there are 85-95 open spots for entering freshmen new to Sacred Heart to form a class of approximately 160 students. The school encourages applications from students with a variety of experiences and interests. We look for students who will thrive in an academic community that cultivates faith and values in tandem with active, rigorous scholarship.

    The Sacred Heart Schools, Atherton application deadline has now passed. If your family is interested in completing a late application, please contact our office at or 650-454-8450.

    *Please note, the admissions office is no longer accepting applications for the following grades: 5th, 7th, 8th, and 12th.
  • Transferring In

    Ninth grade is the natural entry point to SHP, students who apply for transfer admission to sophomore, junior, or senior years will be considered based on available space. All 10-12th grade applications are automatically part of our Round II Admissions Process. LEARN MORE
  • Applying From Afar

    Click here for more information about applying to Sacred Heart Schools, Atherton from outside of Northern California. 


Wendy Quattlebaum
SHS Director of Admissions & Financial Aid 

Abby Miller
Director of Admissions 
Preschool - Grade 8

Melissa Chao
Associate Admissions Director

Lisa Ignoffo 
Admissions Assistant

Tel: 650.454.8450
Fax: 650.326.2761

SHP Profile

600 Total Students
81 Total Faculty (FT/PT)
17:1 Avg. Student-to-Faculty Ratio
1:1 Male/Female Student Ratio
28% Identify as Students of Color
60% Identify as Catholic
80% Participate in Athletics
83% Overall AP Exam Pass Rate
100% College Matriculation
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