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!


Important Dates and Timeline

Application Deadline: December 1, 2018
*To apply for Kindergarten applicant must be 5 by August 31

Tour of the Athletics and Wellness Center: 
November 5, 2018 from 8:30 am- 9:30 am (Tour Date is full)
December 13, 2018 from 8:30 am- 9:30 am

Financial Aid Application Deadline: December 15, 2018

Head of School Presentation "The Sacred Heart Journey" open to all Kindergarten Applicant Parents(BY INVITATION ONLY): December 4, 2018 at 8:30 am

Interactive Lower School Experience open to Lower School Applicant Parents (BY INVITATION ONLY): January 10, 2019 at 5:30 pm

Notification Dates for 2019-20 Applicants:

Grade Notification Date Reply Date
Kindergarten February 8, 2019 February 15, 2019
Grades 1-4 February 5, 2019 February 26, 2019



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?

For Kindergarten:
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.

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

What are the ‘entry points’ into Sacred Heart?

The main entry points are Pre-Kindergarten, 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 applications. Should a place become available, the School will contact families who have completed applications. 

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

Sacred Heart will not be requiring ERB's ECAA for Kindergarten and Grade 1 admissions. Further, Sacred Heart will not accept the ECAA results if taken for another school.

The ISEE-Primary is required for students applying to Grades 2 through 4. The ISEE is required for students applying to Grades 5 and above. You can learn more at www.erblearn.org.

How many students attend Sacred Heart?

Our current enrollment is 715. 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

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

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

As part of an international network, we are committed to a set of principles shared by all Sacred Heart schools. Known as the “Goals and Criteria,” these principles articulate the core components of a Sacred Heart education, and charge our community with a unified educational mission.

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 30% 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.

Do you have an Open House?


Our Open House dates are as follows:

  • Preschool Open House: Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at 8:30 am. Space Limited. RSVP required. 212-722-4745, ext. 117 or click here to register. 
  • Kindergarten Open House "The Sacred Heart Journey": December 4, 2018 at 8:30 am (Application Required. Invite Only.)


When is foreign language introduced?

Sacred Heart offers both French and Spanish starting in Kindergarten. Latin is introduced beginning in Grade 7. In addition to Latin, French and Spanish, the Upper School language department offers Mandarin. Students may study two languages beginning in Grade 7. 

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.
A subsidized private bus service is available to students K-12 from Brooklyn, the Bronx and downtown Manhattan to Sacred Heart. 

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.

Sibling & Legacy Early Decision

Siblings of current students and the daughters of Convent of the Sacred Heart alumnae applying to grades Pre-K, Jr. K or Kindergarten qualify for early notification. Early notification options are discussed during the meeting between the applicant family and the Admissions department. 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. Decisions on financial aid awards are made at the same time as early notification.



Sibling & Legacy Early Decision Notification and Reply Dates

Grade Notification Date Range Reply
Pre-K/Jr. K December 3, 2018 to January 18, 2019 January 25, 2019
Kindergarten December 5, 2018 to January 2, 2019 January 9, 2019




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.