Q: 1. At what age do you begin accepting students?
A: Students entering Pre-K must be four years old by September 30th of the year in which they will begin school. Students entering Kindergarten must be five years old by September 30th of the year in which they will begin school.
Q: 2. What grades do you offer?
A: Sacred Heart offers two sections of grades Pre-K through 8. We accept applications each year for grades Pre-K through seventh grade.
Q: 3. What are your class sizes and pupil teacher ratios?
A: The maximum class sizes are as follows: Pre-K – 24 students with a full-time teacher and assistant in each class; Kindergarten through 5th grade – 28 students with a full-time teacher assistant in Kindergarten and 1st; 6th through 8th grades – 30 students.
Q: 4. How early should I apply for your pre-kindergarten program?
A: We do not hold our waiting lists from year to year, so you will apply during the open enrollment period of the year in which your child meets the age requirement, which usually occurs in January.
Q: 5. What is your criteria for acceptance?
A: All students are screened as part of the application process. Pre-kindergarteners attend a visitation session with the teachers on the scheduled testing day for Kindergarten through 7th grade. Those students performing at or above grade level are considered for enrollment. All academic and behavioral records will be reviewed during the application process. The priority of acceptance as outlined in our Parent/Student Handbook is as follows: younger siblings of current students; registered members of Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish; children of Sacred Heart of Jesus School alumni; Catholic families who do not have a school within their Church parish; other Catholic families with permission of their pastor; non-Catholics if room is available.
Q: 6. How do I apply for enrollment?
A: Sacred Heart utilizes an online application process. Click here to begin the process. Applications are submitted with a copy of the student’s birth certificate, social security card, immunization record, baptismal certificate, results of educational/psychological testing, and academic records.
Q: 7. What are your tuition and fees?
A: Fees for the upcoming school year are determined in January prior to our Regular Admissions Open House. The application fee for the 2020-2021 school year is $125 (submitted with the initial application). The 2020-2021 fees are $597.50 annual registration fee (per student due at official registration); $600 one-time family endowment fee (due at official registration); $300 security fee; $50 class fee; tuition is $5,975 (Catholic, in-parish); $6,275 (Catholic, out-of-parish); and $6,575 (non-Catholic) annual tuition.
Q: 8. What are my payment options for tuition?
A: Pre-Kindergarten tuition may be paid on a monthly basis directly to the school, with the first payment due August 1st and the final payment due on May 1st. Tuition for all other grades is due on June 1st. You may choose to finance your tuition through our tuition lender, Gulf Coast Bank and Trust, who will spread the tuition over a ten-month period with the first payment due July 1st.
Q: 9. Does Sacred Heart offer tuition assistance?
A: Tuition assistance is available for families that qualify.
Q: 10. Does Sacred Heart have an Extended Care Program?
A: Sacred Heart offers both before- and after-school care. Before-care begins as early as 7 a.m. and after-care ends as late as 5:30 p.m. There is a $30 registration fee for the program. Before-care is $45 per month (August – May). Full-time Tier I after-care is $50 per month (August – May) and Full-time Tier II is $145 per month (August – May). Registration for the after-care program on a part-time basis is allowed with a $15 fee per day for the days that you use the program.
Q: 11. What are the school hours?
A: School begins at 7:45 a.m. and dismisses at 2:45 p.m. Students may arrive as early as 7:25 a.m. and be on campus as late as 3:05 p.m. Any student who must arrive before 7:25 a.m. or leave later than 3:05 p.m. must be enrolled in the Before- or After-Care Program.
Q: 12. Do you have bus transportation?
A: We are serviced by East Baton Rouge Parish school buses for those students who live within the boundaries of Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish.
Q: 13. What high schools do your eighth-graders typically attend?
A: The majority of our eighth grade students are accepted into their first-choice high schools. The largest percentage of our students attends Catholic High School and St. Joseph’s Academy.