Frequently Asked Questions

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

At the heart of Sacred Heart's philosophy is the belief that each child possesses unique gifts. Our job is to help her discover those gifts, nurture them, and empower her to share those gifts with the global community.

Learn more about our mission and our Goals and Criteria that articulate the core components of a Sacred Heart education.

Does Sacred Heart offer a diverse community?

Diversity is a priority at Sacred Heart. We are committed to ensuring our student body reflects the racial, cultural and economic diversity of New York City. Approximately 30% of our students are young women of color and 20% of our families receive tuition assistance. Learn more about our Diversity & Inclusion efforts at Sacred Heart.

When can I apply?

Sacred Heart applications for Pre-K through 11 are available through the online admissions portal starting August 15 for the following academic year. The deadline for all applications is November 20.

How do I arrange a tour of the school?

For Preschool, Kindergarten and Middle School:
Once you have completed your application, you will have the ability to schedule a parent interview and tour, as well as student visit through our online scheduling calendar.

For Upper School and Grades 1-4:
Once you have completed your application, the Admissions Office will contact you to schedule a parent interview, student visit and school tour.

For all Spring Tours, please check our website for dates in mid-March. Tours run through April and May.

Which standardized test is required?

The Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE) is required for all applicants entering Grade 2 through Grade 11. Learn more at

How many students attend Sacred Heart?

Our current enrollment is 720. Students represent all five boroughs, Westchester, Long Island, New Jersey and Connecticut.

What is the student:teacher ratio?

Classes at Sacred Heart are very small, fostering individual instruction. The average student to teacher ratio is 6.7:1.

What are the entry points for Sacred Heart?

The main entry points are Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, Grades 5 and 6, and Grade 9. However, Sacred Heart accepts applications to any grade in which a place is available. If a place is unavailable, we will contact applicant families if an opening becomes available.

To which colleges do Sacred Heart seniors traditionally matriculate?

Sacred Heart graduates attend some of the most prestigious institutions in the world. We strive to make sure each young woman is in the strongest position she can be to select and pursue the colleges and universities that are the best match for her skills, interests, and aspirations. See the full matriculation list of the last five graduating classes, 2015-2019.

Do students travel or study abroad?

Yes. The Sacred Heart Global network provides students with multiple opportunities to travel, study and volunteer across the world and in the United States.

During sophomore year, students have the opportunity to study and live abroad for 3 to 8 weeks through our Visiting Student Program. Students have traveled internationally to Austria, Australia, Canada, England, France, Ireland, Italy, Spain and Taiwan.

Students also have the opportunity to attend Network Summer Projects and serve alongside students from across the Sacred Heart network. Network Summer Projects are offered in the US cities of Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Grand Coteau, Houston, Miami, New Orleans, New York City, Omaha, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington, D.C.

What kind of Sports, Clubs and After School Programs does Sacred Heart offer?

Upper School and Middle School students may choose from a wide variety of team sports and extracurriculars that take place at school and at other locations in New York City.

Lower School students also have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of After School activities. Extended Day is available for Lower School students on a full semester or daily drop-in basis.

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 are school hours?

Regular school hours for Grade K through Grade 12 are 8:00am-3:00pm.

In Pre-Kindergarten, the regular school day is Monday through Friday from 8:00am until 12:35pm. There is an after-school program from 12:35 to 1:30pm.

The regular school day for Junior Kindergarten is Monday through Friday from 8:00am until 2:00pm. After-school activities in Junior Kindergarten are available Monday through Thursday from 2:00pm to 3:00pm.

Does Sacred Heart provide lunch for students?

Sacred Heart provides a healthy, nutritious lunch for students Grades K-12. We believe mealtime at school is not only an important part of their social experience, it’s the basis for a child’s well-being. Our trained chefs prepare foods from whole, fresh ingredients limiting the use of processed foods and avoiding artificial colorings, flavorings, MSG, preservatives and high levels of sodium. Meals are crafted using responsible and sustainable products.

Does Sacred Heart provide school transportation?

Students in Kindergarten through Grade 6 have access to free bus transportation through the NYC Department of Education. Eligibility is determined based on where students reside. The bus has designated bus stops throughout the East and West Sides of Manhattan. For more information, please visit

A subsidized private bus service is also available to students in K through Grade 12 with stops in Brooklyn, the Bronx, and downtown 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 through 12, who live at least one mile away, are eligible for MetroCards. Student must register with Dan Scales, Director of Security, to be issued a MetroCard.

Students in Grades 7 through 12 who live in Westchester county or Connecticut are eligible for a discounted Metro-North monthly pass. Students must register with Dan Scales, Director of Security, to be issued a discounted pass.

Financial Aid

Who is eligible to apply for financial aid?

Anyone who applies for admission to Sacred Heart, Kindergarten through Grade 11, who has a demonstrated financial need. Financial need is defined as the difference between what it costs to attend Sacred Heart and a family’s demonstrated ability to pay. There is no assistance available for students in Pre-Kindergarten and Junior Kindergarten. Requests for tuition assistance must be indicated at the time of application for admission.

How do I apply for financial aid?

How is financial aid determined?

Many factors are considered in awarding aid, including, but not limited, to: income, assets (home equity, college funds, and investments), family size, and the number and ages of children, payments for other tuition-charging institutions (excluding daycare, preschool and graduate school), employment status and special circumstances. Our goal is to respond to each family's circumstances. Awards are needs-based and all families are expected to pay some part of the cost of a Sacred Heart education.

How is financial aid awarded?

Annually, the Sacred Heart Financial Aid Committee evaluates every application individually. We begin our assessment by reviewing the TADS application. On the school’s behalf, TADS collects the family’s financial information and makes a recommendation for a financial aid award. The school’s Financial Aid Committee evaluates each student’s recommended award based upon the demonstrated financial need of a family and the school’s budgetary constraints. The TADS report does not bind Sacred Heart to any specific award, but rather provides a guideline to help make equitable, need-based awards.

When will I be notified of my award?

New students will receive notification of their award with their acceptance letter. Each returning student will receive notification of their award with their re-enrollment contract, which is released in February.

What if I miss the financial aid deadline?

Completed financial aid applications must be submitted by December 1 in order for an award to be considered. Late or incomplete applications may not be considered.

What if I did not apply for aid when I first enrolled?

Students who initially enrolled in Kindergarten through Grade 11 without financial aid are eligible to apply if they meet all of the following criteria:

a) Two full years of enrollment at Sacred Heart
b) Significant change in circumstance
c) School account in good financial standing  

Funds are not available for families with pre-existing needs that were not disclosed at the time of initial admission.

Is financial aid automatically renewed each year?

Sacred Heart requires families receiving financial aid to reapply each year by submitting a financial aid application (TADS form and tax returns).  Every completed application is reviewed to determine if there is continued demonstrated need and the family is current on all tuition payments. At a minimum, families should expect an increase in assistance proportionate to the increase in annual tuition.

How do I request financial assistance for more than one student at Sacred Heart?

Parents need to file only one TADS application in the name of the oldest child applying to or attending Sacred Heart and should list the other children in the proper place on the TADS form.

What happens if the parents are divorced or separated?

Parents are responsible for the educational expenses of their children. In determining financial aid, the school is not bound by divorce/support agreements specifying a parent's responsibility for educational expenses, or any assertion that one parent has disclaimed, legally or otherwise, any responsibility for educational expenses. The Financial Aid Committee will consider the assets of both natural parents (custodial and non-custodial), in addition to stepparents and legal guardians, before making any award.  In view of this policy, it is necessary that both natural parents and their current spouses, if any, complete separate TADS applications.  If this information is not provided, the Financial Aid Committee will not consider an award for the student. 

What if a parent/guardian does not work?

Since it is our belief that families bear the primary responsibility for financing the education of their children, it is our policy to expect both parents to contribute financially, even if that employment is outside their normal profession or line of work.

The exception is if there are prevailing medical or other reasons (i.e. young children at home) which preclude a parent from earning an income. Each application and circumstance is evaluated individually. When a parent is not earning an income it will be important for the family to provide an explanation of why that is the case. Please include this in writing when submitting your Personal Financial Statement letter to the Committee. In the absence of an explanation, the school reserves the right to consider the potential for income to be earned by a non-working parent.

What should I do if your financial aid deadline is before I file my taxes?

We understand that your current Income Tax Return may not be prepared by our application deadline. Therefore, we ask you to estimate your tax information on the TADS application and then submit your Form 1040 by April 15th to TADS. If there is a great discrepancy between your estimate and the actual, the Committee will revisit and possibly revise your financial aid award.

What if my family cannot afford the TADS fee, how can we apply for financial aid?

Contact Elizabeth Santini, Director of Admissions and Financial Aid, at 212-722-4745 ext 110, who will determine whether your family’s income level enables you to qualify for a fee waiver. If so, you will be given a fee waiver code to use when you apply with TADS. Because our supply of waivers is limited, we may not be able to honor all requests.

What assistance is available for cost beyond tuition?

Sacred Heart’s financial aid program provides assistance for selected activities, in addition to tuition, if the cost is prohibitive. A division-specific letter is sent to families in September outlining the eligible activities and how to request aid.