Academics

At Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory, we design challenging curricula to engage the whole student. From thoughtful preparatory classes to rigorous honors and Advanced Placement courses, SHC’s learning infrastructure and integrated cocurriculars support curiosity, educational excellence and individualized learning. Our emphasis on learning based in strong relationships — with fellow students, with knowledgeable teachers, and with the world — as well as our dynamic blend of liberal arts, scientific inquiry, and research-based pedagogy nurtures resourceful, independent thinkers. Our 75-minute block schedule facilitates project-based, collaborative learning while developing college and career habits of mind. Continuing the Lasallian Vincentian tradition of transformative education, SHC’s caring teachers and staff nurture a life-long commitment to learning through lively academics and compassionate service to others.

The school year, divided into semesters, begins in late August and ends in early June with a Thanksgiving break, vacations at Christmas and Easter, and observance of national holidays. A typical school day begins at 7:55 am and ends at 2:30 pm. Parents receive grades twice per semester, or approximately every nine weeks, and may view informal progress reports online through PowerSchool. The Honor Roll recognizes academic excellence based on grade point average. Conversely, students whose grades fall below a 2.0 (GPA), are placed on academic probation and may not participate in cocurricular activities. Students must take six courses each semester.

Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory is a dynamic private Catholic independent high school in San Francisco serving students all over the Bay Area, including San Francisco, Pacifica, San Mateo, South San Francisco, Burlingame, as well as Alameda, and Marin Counties. Visit us and learn what sets us apart!