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Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory

Private | 9-12 | 1250 students

SHC is best known for its academic rigor and transformational experience.
 
 

 

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Posted January 15, 2014

In my son's freshman year! He was required to take a class after school called Study and Organizational skills! It was once a week! The school runs on a block schedule so he usually took the class on the day he was out early! This was a great class because it allowed him to start his homework and if he needed any help there were 2 teachers right there and as it turned out one of the teachers was his math teacher. His freshman year was very challenging for him and later in the year he started going twice a week. I think this room is available to anyone who needs extra help! It's open 4 days a week after school and I do believe it is open in the mornings before school starts! I do not think its actually a resource center but similar. Of course the kids are allowed to sign up for additional time for test taking if they have documented learning disability! To finish off my son seems to be doing excellent so far is sophomore year! Hop this review helps.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 12, 2012

How do i start??? The school is overall AMAZING. I am currently attending the Summer Institute camps and I LOVE it. SHCP is my dream highschool. I feel like I will achieve in that school. BEAT SI.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 8, 2012

I would also like to add that although people say the area around the school is bad, I in particular don't agree. Just don't go down that area. But one thing I do love about this school is the different places we can go to after school. There's Japan Town that's only a 10 minute walk away, Little Saigon about 15 minutes down, and many other resturarants.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 14, 2011

Its a good school and they do help in financial aid but the kids that go there are bad. The school were its near is bad. Mostly all those kids are bad influence.


Posted April 7, 2010

Both of my children attended SH, the eldest from Class 2006 and the younger one is graduating this year, Class 2010. I have nothing but good praises for the school. Teachers are great and supportive. They work with the students well and most of them, if not all, are approachable and willing to mentor the students. They have counselors who guide the students by making sure that they are on the right track. As the years progress, they have made so many improvements to the school--their facilities are being upgraded constantly and they have new teachers who are well qualified and dedicated to their responsibility. We are so happy to have picked this school for our kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 1, 2009

SHCP has provide many fun activities and has many good circulars for me... I am a freshman and I hope to enjoy the rest of my years at this school with a new 300 seat theater coming up!
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 5, 2009

My daughter is a senior at SHCP wonderful wonderful school super responsive faculty and I cannot say enough. This was NOT our first choice REALLY but looking back I am SO glad that things worked out this way... for a school this size they manage to know EXACTLY whats going on with your child like a big caring family I will always support this school As far as the price it is worth every penny i am a single mother that works on straight commission in the car business and if I can afford it with no financial assistance anyone can GREAT JOB SHCP!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 3, 2009

SHCP is an excellent school! It has the perfect balance of academic rigor, co-curricular variety, athletics and parent involvement. The faculty and administration staff are high-caliber. Discipline has been firm, fair and consistent. Finally, the whole community is down-to-earth, not 'cliqueish' and very welcoming.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 25, 2009

SHCP does one thing really well across the board: it lets students sink (sort of) or swim. That said, if you sink at SHCP, there are tons of great faculty members who will step in to help. That said, however, if a student does not put forth any effort to excel or to make face time with the faculty, not much can be expected. That same is true for the athletics. One will not survive playing for the Irish if continual effort is not applied, aside from scheduled practices. I loved SHCP and I did not hear of anyone in my class disliking their time on Ellis Street.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 9, 2009

I currently attend SHCP as a sophomore. Though not involved in sports, I take pride in our great athletics program and support it. I am immersed in several other activities like student government and I find them entirely satisfying. Students feel like they belong here. Teachers are engaging and only want to see us succeed. The Scholar Program is good and does not necessarily offer anybody a boost. I am currently enrolled in it and I believe that a student's achievements depend on their own academic effort and merit. I think that SHCP is a good fit for anyone hoping for a friendly, safe, and nurturing educational environment. Definitely try to check it out. Go Irish!
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 30, 2007

Sacred Heart is a fantastic school. Good academics, excellent co-curriculars (both sports and non-athletic). caring, involved teachers, strong administration, well-behaved kids. The feeling of community at SHCP is second to none - it is truly something special. I would highly recommend this school to anyone who is looking for a top-notch, high-quality high school education for their children - Catholic or otherwise. It is simply the best high school in all of San Francisco (and the Bay Area). Excellent !!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 22, 2006

Great school with good teachers, after school activities and moral guidance.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 9, 2006

A very good school with good people around the school. The academics are very solid and they do offer support. This is a good school.
—Submitted by an administrator


Posted September 2, 2005

Excellent. The school has made vast improvements over the last 20 years. One of the best schools in SF.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 17, 2004

Great School. Kids have a friendly learning environment and seem to be well supported. Curriculum is College Prep but better paced than other preps. Highly recommend to anyone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 20, 2004

SH has stellar athletic programs and basic, middle-of-the road academics. Teacher quality varies; some oldline teachers maintain outdated, rigid methods that need to be brought into the 21st century. However, motivated kids can get a very good education here, and most everyone can find some extracurricular activity of interest from the huge selection. Arts aren't strong, but chorus offers opportunities for international travel. There's a great focus on community service, & the kind of football games & dances only larger schools can offer. Counselors & some teachers seem genuinely committed and responsive. They take pains to coach parents and kids on issues like substance abuse and different body images. However, if your child resists structure, questions material, or differs from the 'SH mold' (he/she has piercings, tattoos, odd-colored hair, dresses nonconformingly, is non-Christian, Goth, plump, or obviously gay), consider carefully before selecting SH.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 15, 2004

Superb environment for a student to learn in. Places emphasis on learning as well as service and dedication to the community. The parent and alumni association is very strong as well, and provides a great support system for the students. The extracurricular activities offered are very broad and varied, and only adds to the growth of the student. Very highly recommended.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted March 17, 2004

Sacred Heart Cathedral is not up to standards as a Private School. The teacher's expectations of the students is well below. The teachers don't have strict standards for the student to wrok by. If you're prestige enough to be a scholar, then you may be challenge in a high school level. Everyone gets on to the honor roll, not because of their ability but of how easy the academics are. Truthfully, not all teachers in SH have the requirements or the knowledge to teach their subjects. This year, the SAT average is 1038, an a below average score considering other private high schools. The college acceptances are stellar either. It's quite average. Generally, the academics aren't challenging to the average mind. They help the students expand intellectually. Personally, I would only go under extreme circumstances
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 2, 2004

Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep is an amazing school. They accept students with the potential to grow and nurture them through this tender and deciding stage in life. The teachers are great. There are many extracurricular activities that are offered. The athletic programs are top of the line. In addition, Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep has a very diverse student body. I highly recommend this school for any aspiring students looking to be a part of a beautifully diverse student body.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 8, 2004

My daughter loves this school, she is a freshman and almost every day I hear her say 'I go to the best school!' They have a comprehensive sports program and academically they offer quite a lot for varying levels of ability.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
Asian 36%
White 30%
Hispanic 16%
Two or more races 13%
Black 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0%
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

College readiness and student pathways

Percentage of students going to 2-year college 9% (2013)
Percentage of students going to 4-year college 90% (2013)
Percentage of students going to the military 0% (2013)
Percentage of students going to vocational programs 0% (2013)
Percentage of students going directly into the workforce 0% (2013)
Colleges most students attend after graduation University of California
San Francisco State University
Saint Mary's College of Calif
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Source: Manually entered by a school official.

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Dance teacher(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
Reading specialist(s)
Security personnel
School psychologist
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
Japanese
French
Chinese (Cantonese)
American sign language
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Source: Provided by a school official.

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Recycling club
  • Robotics club

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
  • Music
  • Performing arts
  • Visual arts
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Chamber music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Anime club
  • Art club
  • Dance club: Polynesian
  • Drama club
  • Literary magazine
  • Marching band
  • Student newspaper
  • Television/Radio News
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • American sign language
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Japanese
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • American sign language
  • Chinese (Cantonese)
  • French
  • Japanese
  • Spanish
Clubs
  • Foreign language and culture club

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Summer college prep programs
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Clubs
  • Debate
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 7:30 am
School end time
  • 3:30 pm
School Leader's name
  • Gary J. Cannon
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Special schedule
  • Block scheduling
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Catholic
Associations
  • NCEA
  • WASC
Fax number
  • (415) 931-6941

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • College prep
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
  • Hybrid
  • Project-based
  • STEM
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Arts (all)
  • Global
  • Humanities
  • Music
  • Performing arts
  • Religious
  • Service learning
  • Social justice
  • Visual arts
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Foreign languages taught
  • American sign language
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Japanese
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • Security personnel
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • American sign language
  • Chinese (Cantonese)
  • French
  • Japanese
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Career/college counseling
  • Counseling
  • Remediation
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Summer college prep programs
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Transportation options
  • Peninsula Commuter Bus
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Science lab
Partnerships with local resources and organizations

Summer Institute (summer program)

About the program
  • The SHC Summer Institute is a series of one-week enrichment courses for 5th–9th graders, and sports academies for motivated students and athletes ages 8–14. Instructed by SHC’s talented faculty, staff, and coaches, students and athletes are able to explore exciting topics through hands-on learning and field trips and to pursue athletic achievement with others that share their interests and abilities.
Types of activities
  • Academic
  • Arts
  • Athletic
  • Life skills
  • Science nature
  • Technology
Operated by
  • Jonathan Lim
Dates offered
  • June 16, 2014 - July 25, 2014
Days offered
  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday
Start time
  • 9:00 am
End time
  • 3:00 pm
Is enrollment limited to students who attend the school?
  • No
What grades can participate?
  • 4-9
Is there a fee for the program?
  • Yes
Is financial aid available?
  • Yes
How can parents find out more about fees?
  • Visit website
Before / after care
  • After
  • Before
Website
Phone number
  • 4157756626
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Chamber music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Anime club
  • Art club
  • Boy scouts
  • Chess club
  • Community service
  • Dance club: Polynesian
  • Debate
  • Drama club
  • Foreign language and culture club
  • Game club
  • Girl scouts
  • Homework help/study buddy club
  • Literary magazine
  • Marching band
  • Model congress
  • Recycling club
  • Robotics club
  • Student council/government
  • Student newspaper
  • Television/Radio News
  • Yearbook
School leaders can update this information here.

Photos

School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
More from this school
  • We strive to tap our students’ talents and passions and support them in their interests. Students at SHC will find that they have all the tools and technology at their fingertips to succeed.
School leaders can update this information here.

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What are your chances?


3 out of 10students were accepted for the 2012-2013 school year.


Students accepted for the 2012-2013 school year
327
Applications received for the 2012-2013 school year
1100

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2012-2013 school year
$17000 - $20000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
University of California
San Francisco State University
Saint Mary's College of Calif
College preparation / awareness offered
Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Summer college prep programs
College presentations or information sessions
College prep programs/courses during the year
Students' post-graduation plans in 2013
2 year college - 9%
4 year college - 90%
Military - 0%
Vocational - 0%
Workforce - 0%
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1055 Ellis Street
San Francisco, CA 94109
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Phone: (415) 775-6626

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