History and Mission

Sacred Heart School is a faith-based community of faculty, parents and staff dedicated to educating the hearts and minds of children from preschool through 8th grade.


A Divine Mercy Parish, Sacred Heart School opened its doors in 1902 as part of Sacred Heart Parish. Reverend F. J. Haarth, Pastor of Sacred Heart,front started the school with 56 students and a staff of Franciscan Sisters from Joliet. In 1909, the school had 85 students and a graduating eighth-grade class of nine. After the original building was torn down, the new school opened in 1952. Monsignor Hillenbrand - the pastor then - wrote to parishioners, "Children are the most important charges of a parish because their lives are just unfolding for them. The school that educates them is most important because they are."

We hold ourselves to the high academic standards our children need to be successful lifelong learners. Our teachers work with parents to provide a values-based education for our students. Families are drawn to Sacred Heart School because of our mission to educate children’s hearts and minds and to teach 21st Century skills. School-wide service projects, daily religion classes, and weekly Mass deepen Roman Catholic beliefs.

Sacred Heart is a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence, a prestigious honor that recognizes the highest-performing schools in America. Student life extends to after-school care, a teacher-supervised Homework Lab, and arts, sciences, and athletic offerings. Our drama group, enrichment classes, and no-cut team sports keep students engaged and filled with school spirit.

Our mission and family-centered philosophy continue to attract new students. Graduates go on to excel in high school, college, and beyond - a testament to the values Sacred Heart instills.