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About Us

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.


SHS Overview

Sacred Heart School, a member of the Archdiocese of Chicago, is part of Divine Mercy Parish in Winnetka, Illinois. Since 1902, Sacred Heart has provided generations of students with a solid academic foundation and values deeply rooted in faith, enabling them to become well-respected, accomplished leaders.

Families are drawn to Sacred Heart School because of its mission to educate children’s hearts and minds in a faith-filled, Catholic community, teaching 21st Century skills. School-wide service projects, daily religion classes, and weekly Mass deepen Roman Catholic beliefs. Prayer Families, comprised of students from all grades and led by 8th graders, build community.

Sacred Heart students thrive under a faculty committed to continuous improvement through ongoing professional development. Teachers collaborate across grade levels and subject areas to provide a rigorous curriculum. The highly specialized Student Services Department supports teachers and learners, differentiating to ensure each child’s needs are met.

Sacred Heart School has been named a 2018 National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence, a prestigious honor that recognizes the highest performing public and non-public schools in the country and celebrates school excellence at all levels. Sacred Heart is one of only 49 private schools in the country to receive this distinction.

Since 2009, Sacred Heart has been an Apple Distinguished School for successful integration of technology. The STEAM lab offers opportunities to explore and innovate with circuitry, coding, robotics, and software engineering, all while collaborating with peers.

Student life extends beyond school hours with after-school care and a teacher-supervised Homework Lab as well as arts, sciences and athletic offerings. A drama group, enrichment classes, and no-cut team sports keep students engaged and filled with school spirit.

Sacred Heart’s 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 instilled.


Our Mission

As a school, we hold ourselves to the high academic standards that our children require to be successful lifelong learners. As a pillar of our parish, we instill the values of our faith so that our children grow spiritually as well as intellectually. As a community, we work in partnership with parents to surround our students with people who care about them and their future. 

Our History

Currently a ministry of 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 Parish, started the school with 56 students and a staff of Franciscan Sisters from Joliet. In 1909, the school had a total of 85 students and a graduating eighth grade class of 9 students.

After the original school building was torn down, the new school building opened in 1952. Monsignor Hillenbrand, pastor at that time, 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." Sacred Heart School has been blessed to educate the "hearts and minds" of generations of families.