Preschool (Pre-K & Jr. K)
Thank you for your interest in the Early Childhood program at Sacred Heart. Our curriculum focuses on the development of the whole child -- intellectually, socially, emotionally, physically and spiritually -- providing the building blocks for her future learning. We encourage you to explore our website to learn more about the many educational experiences we offer that emphasize academic rigor, encourage creativity and promote independence in Pre-K through Grade 12. We also invite you to learn more about the Network of Sacred Heart Schools and global perspective that we can offer your daughter. We look forward to getting to know you and your family throughout the admissions process.
Important Dates and Timeline
- Preschool Open House: October 18, 2017. For more information, click here.
- Application Deadline: December 1, 2017
- Interactive Lower School Experience open to Lower School Applicant
Parents (BY INVITATION ONLY): January 17, 2018 at 5:30 pm
- Admissions Decisions Mailed: February 7, 2018
- Parents’ reply date (by noon): March 6, 2018
- Tour of Sacred Heart's Athletic and Wellness Center:
- November 3, 2017 at 10:30am
- Pre-Kindergarten: must be 3 by June 1
- Junior Kindergarten: must be 4 by August 31
- Kindergarten: must be 5 by August 31
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.
Early Childhood Admissions Frequently Asked Questions
- Do I need to contact Sacred Heart the day after Labor Day in order to receive an application?
- How do I arrange a tour of the school?
- What are the school hours? Do you have a half-day or full day program?
- What kind of after school program does Sacred Heart offer?
- What standardized testing is required for admissions?
- How many students attend Sacred Heart?
- What is the average class size?
- Do you have an Open House?
- Where can I learn more about Sacred Heart’s mission and goals?
- Does Sacred Heart offer a diverse community?
- What percentage of students are Catholic?
- When is foreign language introduced?
- Do students travel or study abroad?
- Why Sacred Heart?
In addition to weekly swimming lessons in the regular program, Pre-Kindergarten students may choose from a wide-variety of after school activities that take place at school. The Pre-Kindergarten after school program is Monday through Thursday 12:35pm to 1:30pm. After-school activities for Junior Kindergarten are available Monday through Thursday from 2:00pm to 3:00pm. The Lower School After School program offers classes in sports, dance, art, drama, music and academic enrichment.
Sacred Heart will not be requiring ERB's ECAA for Preschool and Kindergarten admissions. Further, Sacred Heart will not accept the ECAA results if taken for another school.
The ECAA is required for students applying to Grades 1 through 4. The ISEE is required for students applying to grades 5 and above. You can learn more about both tests at www.erblearn.org.
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.
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.
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.
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 6, 2017 to January 3, 2018||January 10, 2018|
|Kindergarten||December 4, 2017 to January 19, 2018||January 26, 2018|
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.