Welcome to Lower School Admissions at Sacred Heart. We accept applications for all grades, with our biggest entry years being Junior K (4s) and Kindergarten. This year we are happy to also be able to offer a full day option for our Pre-K 3’s class. 

The Lower School at Sacred Heart culminates in 4th grade, when students move onto Middle School in our adjoining building. It is warm and welcoming and, most importantly,filled with joy! The Lower School has its own entrance but enjoys all of the benefits of being attached to the Middle and Upper School facilities. The curriculum is developmentally appropriate and challenging at every level. Students benefit from an environment that fosters critical thinking, effective communication, ethical judgment, leadership and community service. Our low student-teacher ratio facilitates small group and one-on-one learning to allow each child to advance at her own pace and explore her interests and passions. 

During the Lower School admissions process each family will be interviewed by a member of the admissions team (virtually), guided on a one-on-one tour through the facilities (in person), have the option to ask questions of the admissions team and complete your daughter’s visit. We aim to get to know each child as an individual and to discover her gifts. To this end we will facilitate playdates for Pre-K, Junior K & K applicants, and in person visits for 1st - 4th grade applicants. More information on the process for each grade and the associated timing can be found below. 

We will also offer many in person and virtual events to help you learn more about many aspects of the school. We know that attending many events during the admissions season can feel overwhelming; please know that your attendance is always welcomed but optional. 

If your family is in need of financial assistance, please visit our Tuition and Affordability section of this site to learn more. 

We look forward to getting to know your family! 

Sacred Heart Admissions


Admissions Events for Applicants for 2023-2024

Registration can be completed through the applicant portal approximately one month before the event. 

  • November 20, 2023: Intertwining Vines: DEI in Practice at Sacred Heart (Virtual)
  • December 2, 2023: Day of Service (In-Person at 406 E 91st Street)
  • December 4, 2023: Scholarship Semi-Finalist Classroom Experience (In-Person at 1 E 91st Street)
  • December 11, 2023: Lower School Classroom Experience (In-Person at 1 E 91st Street)
  • December 18, 2023: Upper School Classroom Experience (In-Person at 1 E 91st Street)
  • January 18, 2023: Diversity, Community, and Belonging Evening of Conversation (In-Person at 1 E 91st Street)
  • January 22, 2023: Middle School Classroom Experience (In-Person at 1 E 91st Street)
  • January 26, 2023: Parents of Students of Color Coffee (In-Person at 1 E 91st Street)

Lower School Admissions Process for 2023-2024

Lower School Admissions Timeline for 2023-2024

August 1, 2023: Sacred Heart Application is Available

September 1, 2023: Financial Aid Application is Available

November 8, 2023: Virtual Lower School Open House

December 1, 2023: Application Deadline

December 1, 2023: Financial Aid Application Deadline

February 8, 2024: Kindergarten Decision Notification

February 13, 2024: Grades 1-4 Decision Notification

February 15, 2024: Kindergarten Parent Reply Deadline

February 29, 2024: Pre-K and Jr. K Decision Notification

March 4, 2024: Grades 1-4 Parent Reply Deadline

March 7, 2024: Pre-K and Jr. K Parent Reply Deadline


Sibling & Legacy Early Decision

Siblings of current students and the daughters of 91st St. Sacred Heart Alumna applying to grades Pre-K, Jr. K, and Kindergarten qualify for early notification. While sibling and legacy applicants do receive special consideration, their acceptance is not guaranteed and they must proceed through all phases of the admissions process.

December 1, 2023: All application requirements due for families who would like to participate in Early Decision Notification*

December 8, 2023: Early Decision Notification

December 15, 2023: Early Decision Parent Reply Deadline

*Connected families who submit their application and required materials late may still be considered for an early decision after these dates.

Age Eligibility

Pre-Kindergarten: must turn 3 years old by August 31
Junior Kindergarten: must turn 4 years old by August 31
Kindergarten: must turn 5 years old by August 31

Lower School Hours

Pre-Kindergarten: 8:00-12:45 (Half Day); 8:00-2:50 (Full Day)
Junior Kindergarten: 8:00-2:50
Kindergarten: 8:00-3:00
Grade 1 to Grade 4: 8:00-3:15



Contact Us

From left to right: Laura Millington, Jessica Anub, Rachael Macchiesi, Meg Walters

Rachael Macchiesi
Director of Admissions, Enrollment Management & Financial Aid

Jessica Anub
Associate Director of Admissions

Laura Millington
Admissions Associate
Meg Walters
Admissions Associate