Lower School (K-4th)

Supported by a purposeful mission, Sacred Heart’s Lower School encourages pursuit of interests and discovery of passions while teaching resilience and grit in an atmosphere of love. A cross-disciplinary approach coupled with hands-on opportunities allows students to see how all learning is integrated and meaningful. Starting with the introduction of French and Spanish in Kindergarten, the intentional development of necessary cross-cultural skills is begun and well cultivated throughout their years at Sacred Heart.

While we hope the information provided throughout Sacred Heart’s website is informative, we also know there is no substitute to coming to see us in person. We look forward to meeting you, and getting to know you and your daughter!



Spring Tours

We are pleased to offer the following Spring Tour dates for prospective preschool and kindergarten families. Note that registration is required for all tours. We look forward to seeing you.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Convent of the Sacred Heart
1 East 91st Street (at the corner of 5th Avenue)
Rolling tours will start at 8:30 am and will be 30 minutes long. Coffee will be provided. Register here.

Monday, May 22, 2017
Convent of the Sacred Heart
1 East 91st Street (at the corner of 5th Avenue)
Rolling tours will start at 8:30 am and will be 30 minutes long. Coffee will be provided. Register here.


Ask A Parent

Parent insight is invaluable. We would like to offer you the unique opportunity to talk to a Sacred Heart parent directly. Please fill out the form by clicking on the link and a parent will contact you.

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LS Admissions Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to contact Sacred Heart the day after Labor Day in order to receive an application?

No, Sacred Heart starts accepting applications online on August 15th. The deadline for all applications is December 1st.

How do I arrange a tour of the school?

Once you have completed your application, you will have the ability to schedule a parent interview and tour, as well as student playgroup visit through our online scheduling calendar.

What are the ‘entry points’ into Sacred Heart?

The main entry points are Pre-K, Kindergarten and Grade 9. However, Sacred Heart accepts applications to any grade where a place is available. In a grade for which a place is unavailable, we accept Letters of Interest and an application. Should a place become available, the School will contact families who have expressed an interest.

Will Sacred Heart be requiring the ERB for Kindergarten/Grade 1 Admissions?

Sacred Heart will not be requiring ERB's ECAA for Kindergarten admissions. Further, Sacred Heart will not accept the ECAA results if taken for another school.

The ECAA is required for students applying to Grades 1 through 4. The ISEE is required for students applying to Grades 5 and above. You can learn more about both tests at www.erblearn.org.

How many students attend Sacred Heart?

Our current enrollment is 700. Students come from all five New York boroughs, Westchester, Long Island, New Jersey and Connecticut.

What is the average class size?

Classes at Sacred Heart are very small allowing for individual instruction. The student to teacher ratio is 7:1

Do you have an Open House?

Our Open House dates are as follows:
Preschool Open House: November 30, 2016
Kindergarten Open House: December 7, 2016 at 8:30am

Where can I learn more about Sacred Heart’s mission and goals?

Please visit our About Us page on our website, which lists our Goals and Criteria.

The Goals and Criteria are the principles that express the values, intentions and hopes of the Sacred Heart Tradition.

What is the history of the school building?

Convent of the Sacred Heart is New York City’s oldest independent school for girls. Housed in two beautiful landmark buildings at 1 and 7 East 91st Street, formerly the James Burden Mansion and the Otto Kahn Mansion, these magnificent buildings provide an extraordinary learning environment. For more information, please visit our About Us page.

Does Sacred Heart offer a diverse community?

Diversity is a priority at Sacred Heart. Approximately 29% of our students are young women of color and 18% of our families receive tuition assistance. Sacred Heart is committed to ensuring our student body reflects the racial, cultural and economic diversity of New York City.

Please visit our Diversity and Inclusion page on our website to learn more.

What percentage of students are Catholic?

Approximately 65% of our students are Catholic. While committed to the Catholic tradition, Sacred Heart respects the religious diversity of the community and seeks to give all students a deep spiritual belief, an appreciation of all religious traditions and a lifelong commitment to service.

What kind of after school program does Sacred Heart offer?

Beginning in Pre-Kindergarten, students may choose from a wide variety of after school educational enhancement activities that take place at school and at other locations in New York City. The after school program offers more than 100 classes in sports, dance, art, drama, music and academic enrichment.

In which colleges do Sacred Heart seniors traditionally enroll?

Please visit our College Counseling page under Academics. A College and University Matriculation list is available to view.

When is foreign language introduced?

Sacred Heart introduces both French and Spanish in Kindergarten. In Grade 1 all students will choose one of the two languages to pursue all the way through Grade 12. Latin is offered beginning in Grade 7. In addition to Latin, French and Spanish, the Upper School language department offers Arabic, Greek and Mandarin.

Do students travel or study abroad?

Over 40% of the sophomore class study abroad for 3 to 10 weeks in an exchange program with other Sacred Heart Network schools throughout the globe. In the past several years, students traveled internationally to Austria, Australia, Canada, England, France, Ireland, Italy, Spain and Taiwan. The exchange program offers a unique opportunity to master a foreign language, discover another part of the world, make new friends and appreciate another culture. In the U.S., students have attended service-learning projects and exchange programs in Grand Coteau, Miami, New Orleans, Omaha, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington D.C. Please visit our Exchange Program page for more information.

Does Sacred Heart provide school transportation?

Students in K through Grade 6, within a 5 mile radius of Sacred Heart, have access to free bus transportation, through the NYC Department of Education. The bus has designated bus stops throughout the East and West Side of Manhattan. Students in K through Grade 6 who live more than one-half mile from school or want to travel via public transportation may apply for a MetroCard. Students in Grades 7 and above are issued MetroCards

Why Sacred Heart?

From its inception, Convent of the Sacred Heart was governed by a strong commitment to the education of the whole child, addressing her intellectual, spiritual, social and emotional development. The curriculum is recognized for its rigor and depth, and social justice as important as academic achievement. A dynamic and challenging curriculum offering 19 advanced placement courses helps prepare young women not only for the most highly selective colleges and universities but a responsibility to go out, give back and indeed…change the world.



Policies

Convent of the Sacred Heart adheres to the notification deadlines, parent reply dates and principles of good practice established by the Independent Schools Admissions Association of Greater New York. Convent of the Sacred Heart admits students of any race, religion, color, sexual orientation, or national or ethnic origin to all rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sexual orientation, or national or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.

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