"SHC is best known for its academic rigor and transformational experience."
Students enrolled 1250
Hours 7:30 am - 3:30 pm
School leader Gary J. Cannon
Transportation options Yes
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1055 Ellis Street
San Francisco, CA 94109

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4 stars
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September 17, 2014
I've worked at many institutions, but never before have I felt such a warm sense of community at SHC. It really it an extended family. Students, faculty, staff, parents and alumni all support each other and work together. The students are bright, hard-working kids that are driven and excited to learn about their world. The parent community is very involved, and alumni continue to give back. The balance of rigorous academics with cocurricular activities (not "extra"-curricular) nurture the whole student. I'm grateful to be a part of such a community and contribute to student success.

- submitted by a teacher
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
June 08, 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
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.

- submitted by a community member
no rating April 07, 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
October 01, 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
no rating September 05, 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
no rating September 03, 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.

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September 03, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
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.

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February 21, 2009
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- submitted by a community member
February 09, 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!

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May 15, 2008
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November 27, 2007
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November 03, 2007
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- submitted by a student
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
May 23, 2007
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- submitted by a former student
April 21, 2007
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August 22, 2006
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April 24, 2006
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- submitted by a former student
March 22, 2006
Great school with good teachers, after school activities and moral guidance.

- submitted by a parent
March 09, 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 a administrator
February 25, 2006
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- submitted by a former student
September 02, 2005
Excellent. The school has made vast improvements over the last 20 years. One of the best schools in SF.

- submitted by a parent
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.

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November 07, 2004
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August 20, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
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
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
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
March 02, 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
no rating January 08, 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
November 07, 2003
I think this school is the best school anyone could ever go to. It has amazing teachers and the principal is fantastic.

- submitted by a community member
August 22, 2003
Quality of teachers is steadily decreasing from year to year because most of the new teachers don't even stay for more than a year. There is a lack of leadership because the principal does absolutely nothing and then allows the dean to handle students in a careless and useless matter. Unless you're lucky enough to get into the scholar program, you really don't get much of a valuable education because the regular classes offered are far from challenging. Guidance from the college center is lacking as well. For all the money that you pay for a college prep school, you'd expect more than a couple handouts over the course of 4 years.

- submitted by a former student
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Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory
1055 Ellis Street, San Francisco, CA  94109
(415) 775-6626
Last modified Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory is a Private school that serves grades 9-12
Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 35 reviews.