Network of Sacred Heart Schools
Preparatory (SHP)

SHP Admission Process

Thank you for your interest in Sacred Heart Preparatory. We hope our admissions materials, events and process will give you a sense of what SHS offers its students and their families. We know applications can be stressful, but we are here to help and are excited to come to know your family through our admissions process. We look forward to welcoming you to our campus soon!

Sacred Heart Schools, Atherton uses the web-based platform, Ravenna Solutions, for the submission of all application materials. Through Ravenna Solutions, you can manage your application process and submit supplemental forms, such as teacher evaluations and transcripts. Many of these supplemental forms are common to multiple schools and can be shared through Ravenna. New users will need to create an account before starting an online application.

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.

Steps to Complete the Application Process

List of 9 items.

  • Attend an 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.

    2016 Preparatory Open Houses
    • October 16, 2016 1 p.m.
    • November 13, 2016 1 p.m.
    • Online Reservations are recommended and will be available on Ravenna starting Sept. 6th, 2016. 
  • Apply Online & Submit Supporting Documents

    We will soon be accepting applications to grades 9 through 12 for the 2017-2018 Academic year.  

    A complete Preparatory Application will include:

    • Preliminary Application and $100 Application Fee
    • Parent/Guardian Statement
    • Campus Visit (9th grade only)
    • Student Statement
    • Teacher Recommendations
    • Complete Transcripts
    • HSPT and Writing Sample
    • Student Interview
    All applications and supplemental documents are completed and submitted electronically through Ravenna Solutions.

    We are committed to making our application process accessible to all interested candidates, regardless of financial circumstances. As such, application fee waivers are available for qualified applicants. 

    Please contact the SHS Admissions Office 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 completing 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.
  • Schedule a Parent and Applicant Interview

    All applicants to 9th grade are required to attend an on-campus interview with a member of the Sacred Heart Preparatory faculty/staff on:
    • Saturday, January 21, 2017 
    • Saturday, January 28, 2017
    The interview is for both the applicant and his/her parents and expected to last 25-30 minutes.

    Registration for 9th Grade Applicant Interviews
     will be open on January 12, 2017.
  • Register for High School Placement Test & Writing Sample

    All 9th grade applicants must take the High School Placement Test (HSPT) administered by the Scholastic Testing Service (STS)

    Sacred Heart Preparatory will offer the HSPT on Saturday, January 7, 2017. Online registration for our location is required. 

    *Due to on-campus conflicts, Sacred Heart will only be offering the HSPT on January 7th, 2017. We will not be offering a make up exam. 

    If you take the HSPT at another location, please indicate on the testing day that you would like your results shared with us. Please note applications will not be complete without the results of the HSPT.

    Writing Sample

    If the applicant takes the HSPT at Sacred Heart Preparatory 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 Admissions Office will contact the applicant to schedule a time to complete a writing sample at Sacred Heart Schools in mid January.

    Extended Time Request

    If the applicant would like to request extended time on the High School Placement Test (HSPT), please complete the Extended Time Request form and email all documentation to the Admission Office by November 13, 2016.
  • Important Dates and Deadlines

    Click here to view our upcoming admissions events and 2016-2017 application deadlines.
  • 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 a Ravenna Application fee waiver, please contact the SHS Admissions Office

    Visit our Tuition & Financial Assistance Page  to learn more about the financial aid application process and deadlines.
  • Application Checklist

    Families who wish to keep track of their admissions process in hard copy can download the following printable checklist.

    Preparatory Application Checklist
  • Applying to 10th, 11th, and 12th Grades

    The natural entry point to Sacred Heart Preparatory is grade 9. As such, admission to grades 10, 11 and 12 is dependent upon available space and attrition.

    Interested candidates are encouraged to contact the Admissions office to discuss their interest and learn more about our enrollment availability.

    To be considered for any openings for the 2017-2018 school year, applicants should submit the online application and written statements by January 12, 2017 and supporting documents, by February 3, 2017. Transfer applicants do not need to register for a campus visit or attend an Open House event.

    The Admissions office will contact select candidates in early March with information on completing the application process.Please understand we may only assess and interview candidates applying to grades in which we anticipate openings.

    Completed applications will be evaluated by the admissions committee on a rolling basis as space becomes available. Admissions decisions will be communicated to applicants within 4 to 6 weeks of completing the application process.

Contact Info

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
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