Upper School (9th-12th)

Thank you for your interest in the Upper School at Sacred Heart. Admission is based on a student’s academic achievement as well as her potential, her interests and her individual qualities. We encourage you to explore our website to learn more about the value of a Sacred Heart education. Our commitment to educating the “whole child" demands both academic rigor and opportunities for self-expression. A student at Sacred Heart can expect to be challenged intellectually and pushed to grow in her skills of analysis, comprehension and articulation.

We look forward to getting to know you and your daughter.



Important Dates and Timeline

Regular Grade 9 Admission

  • Application available online - August 15, 2018
  • Tour of Sacred Heart's Athletic and Wellness Center:
    • November 6, 2018 from 8:30 am- 9:30 am (Tour date is full)
    • December 3, 2018 from 8:30 am- 9:30 am (Tour date is full)  
  • Application Deadline - December 1, 2018
  • Financial Aid Application Deadline: December 15, 2018
  • Transcript and School Recommendations due - January 7, 2019
  • ISEE test results due - January 7, 2019
  • Visit Days for Accepted Students - February and March 2019 - dates TBD
  • Notification Dates for 2019-20 Applicants (Grades 9-11)

    -Notification: February 14, 2019
    -Reply: March 14, 2019

Sacred Heart Scholarship Exam for Grade 9 Admission

The Sacred Heart Scholarship exam is an opportunity for academically gifted students, who also possess strong leadership potential, to attend Sacred Heart. These students receive a partial merit scholarship, additional financial aid is available to students who qualify. We seek to enrich our community by admitting students from not only the five boroughs, but New Jersey, Westchester, Brooklyn and Long Island.

In order to be eligible for the Sacred Heart Scholarship Exam, students must attend a parochial school and be nominated by their 8th grade teacher or school principal on the basis of their academic potential, leadership qualities and strong character. We seek out students who score in the 95th percentile on standardized testing or above.
Information is sent out in the Spring of 7th grade to all the parochial schools in the surrounding area. Please check with your Principal or contact us for further information.
  • Scholarship application and teacher transcripts due: October 5, 2018
  • Financial Aid Application due: December 1, 2018
  • Tour of Sacred Heart's Athletic and Wellness Center:
    • November 6, 2018 from 8:30 am- 9:30 am (Tour date is full)
    • December 3, 2018 from 8:30 am- 9:30 am (Tour date is full)  
  • Sacred Heart Scholarship Exam: October 13, 2018
  • Scholarship Semifinalist Evening: November 27, 2018
  • Scholarship Finalist Notification Date: January 2019 - date TBD
  • Visit Days for Accepted Scholarship Finalists - February 2019

US Admissions Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to contact CSH 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?

Once we receive your application, someone from the Admissions department will contact you to schedule a parent interview, student visit and a school tour.

Do you offer spring tours?

Please contact Immy Mullin to arrange a Spring Tour - imullin@cshnyc.org or 212 722 4745 x103

How many students attend Sacred Heart?

Our current enrollment is 715. Students come from all five boroughs, Westchester, Long Island, New Jersey and Connecticut. There are 225 students in the Upper School.

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 main campus buildings?

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.

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 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.

Why Sacred Heart?

Important Dates and Timeline

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.