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 17, 2018 from 8:30 am- 9:30 am: Click here to register

Tour of Sacred Heart's Athletic and Wellness Center: December 13, 2018 from 10:00 am- 11:00 am

Application Deadline: December 1, 2018

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

Admissions Decisions Mailed: February 28, 2019

Parents’ reply date (by noon): March 8, 2019


Age Eligibility

  • 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.

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Early Childhood 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 Preschool applications is December 1st.

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 and tour through our online scheduling calendar. 

Also, we look forward to meeting you and your family at the following community events:

Jack and Jill of America, Inc.- 20th Annual Education Seminar
Saturday, September 22, 2018 at 9:00 am 

LGBTQ Reception
An affinity event for families who are members of the LGBTQ community.
Monday, September 24, 2018 at 5:45 pm

Mocha Moms Educational Expo
Tuesday, September 25, 2018 at 6:00 pm

What are the school hours? Do you have a half-day or full day program?

In Pre-Kindergarten, the regular school day is Monday through Friday from 8:00am until 12:35pm. There is also an after-school program from 12:35 to 1:30pm. The regular school day for Junior Kindergarten is Monday through Friday from 8:00am until 2:00pm. After-school activities in Junior Kindergarten are available Monday through Thursday from 2:00pm to 3:00pm.

What kind of after school program does Sacred Heart offer?

In addition to weekly swimming lessons in the regular program, Preschool 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 Friday 12:35pm to 1:30pm. After-school activities for Junior Kindergarten are available Monday through Friday from 2:00pm to 3:00pm. The Lower School After School program offers classes in sports, dance, art, drama, music and academic enrichment.

What standardized testing is required for admissions?

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

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?

The Pre-Kindergarten is 15 girls with 2 full-time teachers. The Junior Kindergarten is 17 girls with 2 full-time teachers.

Do you have an Open House?

Our Open House dates are as follows:

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


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.

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.

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 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.

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 alumnae applying to grades Pre-K, Jr. K or 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.


Sibling & Legacy Early Decision Notification and Reply Dates

Grade Notification Date Range Reply
Pre-K/Jr. K January 2020 January 2020
Kindergarten January 2020 January 2020




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.