Welcome to Sacred Heart

Frequently Asked Questions

If my child is not Catholic, can he/she attend Sacred Heart School?

Absolutely! We welcome children of all faiths, and offer one tuition rate for all families – regardless of faith or church affiliation. Approximately 25% of our student population are of the Protestant or other Christian faiths. Current and past school families represent a variety of faiths and attend area churches including Christ’s Church, New Hope, St. John’s Lutheran, Cornerstone Church, St. Anthony, St. Francis, and more.

What is the average class size? Will my child benefit from a small class setting?

Yes! This is one of Sacred Heart School’s greatest hidden treasures! Our average class size is 16 students. You will find the doors of your child’s potential being opened through the benefits of a smaller class size. Individualized attention, coupled with increased participation opportunities in academic, extracurricular, and faith settings, will add to the stimulating experience your child (and your family) will have at Sacred Heart School. Another benefit of small class sizes is the opportunity for parents to get to know each other better, as we really do have a great “family” here at SHS.

Is there an after-school program?

Yes, the Clubhouse. Located in our school, the Clubhouse provides affordable ($7 per day) after school care until 5:30pm., and allows students the opportunity to play games, have a snack, and receive homework assistance when needed. Contact us at 217.342.4060 for more information.

What type of computer technology is available?

Sacred Heart School uses a variety of technologies aimed at engaging students and creating a fun learning environment. SHS has a state-of-the-art computer lab as well as a mobile computer lab consisting of Chromebooks, and laptops. iPad’s are also used in every grade level for a multitude of learning applications. Additional computers are also located in each classroom (2-3 per room) and the school library. There is controlled access to the Internet for school projects, and students are allowed to bring their own devices to the classroom. Sacred Heart School is also equipped with a virtual science lab, SMARTBoards (interactive white boards) and SMART Technologies Senteo Personal Response Systems (assessment software allowing teachers to create tests, and then manage, track, and evaluate a student’s results).

What are the hours of the school day?

We begin each school day with a prayer at 8:10am. School is dismissed at 2:50pm.

What safety measures are in place at the school?

Student safety is a top priority at Sacred Heart School. Our building is on lock-down during school hours, and visitor access is permitted only via the administrative staff. Security cameras (inside and outside the building) and monitoring systems are a key component to our extensive safety plan. Our teachers and staff go through yearly training regarding possible safety threats. In addition, the school has an established parent pick-up route which enables curbside drop off and pick up. Staff members are present to greet students in the morning and escort students to their designated vehicle following afternoon dismissal.

How do Sacred Heart students perform in standardized tests?

Standardized testing is conducted in the fall for students in grades 2 through 8. Our students consistently score well above the national (and Diocesan) average, and excel in reading, math, science, English, and history.

Are students required to wear uniforms?

Yes. Our standardized dress code includes a Sacred Heart School polo shirt (short or long sleeve) and pull-over (long sleeve). Upper-body apparel is available in your choice of green, black, and grey, and can be purchased from JEDCO Sales, located at 2313 Hoffman Drive (across from Dan Hecht Chevrolet) here in Effingham. JEDCO offers online ordering at www.jedcosales.com. Simply click on the “Stores” tab, and choose Sacred Heart School. The site is complete with photos, sizing and color options, and detailed information regarding each apparel item. Lead time on most items is two weeks. We strongly encourage you to visit the JEDCO store for accurate sizing – especially for your first order – as items cannot be returned after being customized.

Students are able to wear jeans (with the exception of church day), khakis, or dress pants. In addition, girls may wear skirts of their choosing. Shorts (and capris for girls) may be worn during the allowable time frame, which is typically August-October 15 and April 15 until summer break . Pants, skirts, and shorts do NOT have to be a solid color of khaki, black, etc. As long as the lower-body apparel fits within the dress code guidelines, any color or print is acceptable.

Each Friday at SHS is “Spirit Day," with students allowed to wear their Sacred Heart School t-shirt and sweatshirts. Spirit Day shirts/sweatshirts can have either a Sacred Heart School logo, a shamrock, and/or say Sacred Heart or SHS somewhere on the shirt. Spirit Day shirts are also available at JEDCO or can be purchased on your own.

What can you tell me about the atmosphere at Sacred Heart School?

Sacred Heart School offers a positive learning environment where students are encouraged and assisted to excel both academically and socially. Most importantly, it is an environment where we talk openly about Jesus, and about Christian morals and values. In addition, all secular subjects are taught from a Christian perspective. Students experience an innovative approach to curriculum that integrates technology, promotes creativity, and actively engages students on exploration and inquiry.

Is there an opportunity for parents to be involved in the school?

Yes! Volunteers are a vital part of Sacred Heart School. Because all of the funding for educating your child at SHS is provided through tuition, parish contributions, and school fundraisers, all school parents are asked to volunteer their time and talent to help keep the school viable. Most of our families choose to be involved to be a part of their child’s school and faith experience. Opportunities to volunteer include library, lunch room, recess, PTA and Booster Club events, annual Picnic, and more. Check out the "Parents" page for additional information about these opportunities.

Is there bus service to and from the school?

Yes. SHS students utilize bus services through the Transportation Office of Effingham Unit 40.

Is there a hot lunch program?

Yes. Students may purchase a hot lunch for $2.50 per day. Extra milk is available at $0.35. We are a peanut-free school, and our hot lunches do not contain nuts, nor is any of the food processed with nuts. Students may bring a sack lunch, but those that do bring a sack lunch sit together so as to ensure the safety of our students who have severe allergies to nuts.

What do Sacred Heart graduates accomplish in high school?

Sacred Heart School alumni succeed in accelerated programs, receive academic honors, and attain leadership positions at both St. Anthony High School and Effingham High School. Graduates of Sacred Heart consistently make the honor rolls of both schools, and have served as valedictorians and salutatorians. In addition, SHS graduates are well represented in the National Honor Society, Society of Academic Achievement, and the Academic Hall of Fame. Many go one to star in high school plays and musicals, serve on student council, homecoming and/or prom courts, and more. We’re very proud of our graduates, and we love the fact that they continually drop by to visit the staff and administration long after graduation!