Middle School (5th-8th)

Thank you for your interest in the Middle School at Sacred Heart. The admissions process provides an opportunity for you to learn as much as you can about Sacred Heart, and exploring our website is a great place to start. We are currently accepting applications for Grades 5 through 8. After applying, we encourage you to sign up for our Middle School admissions events to see and hear from students and faculty about how the curriculum provides not only a stellar academic foundation but also the tools to be an engaged learner and thoughtful member of the community. We look forward to getting to know you and your family.

Important Dates and Timeline

Middle School Open House: October 24, 2018 (Click here to register) 

Application Deadline: December 1, 2018 

Financial Aid Application Deadline: December 15, 2018

Tour of Athletics and Wellness Center: December 4, 2018 from 2:00 pm- 3:00 pm 

ISEE test results due: January 7, 2019

Admissions Decisions Mailed: February 5, 2019

Parents’ reply date (by noon): February 26, 2019

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MS Admissions Frequently Asked Questions

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, student visit and a school tour through our online scheduling calendar. 

What type of standardized testing is required?

Students applying to Grades 5 and above must submit the results of the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE). You can learn more about the exam 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

What kind of after school program does Sacred Heart offer?

Middle School students may choose from a wide variety of team sports and after school activities that take place at school and at other locations in New York City. Please visit our Middle School Clubs and Activities page for more information.

What foreign languages are offered?

Students in Grades 5 and 6 study either French and Spanish. Latin is added to the schedule beginning in Grade 7. In addition to Latin, French and Spanish, the Upper School language department offers 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 Middle School service-learning projects and Upper School exchange programs in Grand Coteau, Miami, New Orleans, Omaha, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington D.C. Please visit our Community Service and Exchange Program pages for more information.

What special events are in Middle School?

From Math Night to the Foreign Language Fashion Show, there are many special events for Middle Schools to participate in with their peers, teachers and families.

Does Sacred Heart provide lunch for students?

Yes. Each grade has lunch together in the cafeteria. There is a salad bar, sandwich bar, and hot entrees everyday.

How does Sacred Heart support new students to make friends?

Between classes, sports teams, lunch and special community events, new students make friends quickly. Every new student also is placed in a Middle School ‘family,’ consisting of students in Grades 5, 6, 7 and 8, as part of the Big/Little Sister program.

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.

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.


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.