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
Lower School Admissions Upcoming Events for 2023-2024
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.
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
Grade 1 to Grade 4: 8:00-3:15
Director of Admissions, Enrollment Management & Financial Aid