Convent of the Sacred Heart NYC Admissions: How to Get In!

Manhattan's Convent of the Sacred Heart School for girls

Manhattan's Convent of the Sacred Heart School for girls

Convent of the Sacred Heart (“CSH”) is the oldest New York City independent school for girls, serving students from K-12th grade. CSH is historically Catholic, is open to students of all backgrounds, and is located on the Upper East Side in Manhattan. Read our article to learn more about Convent of the Sacred Heart NYC admissions process, and discover whether CSH might be the right place for middle school and high school!

Convent of the Sacred Heart School NYC | Overview

CSH was founded in 1881 and serves approximately 700 students in K-12. The goals of CSH are to ensure students become more socially aware, grow personally, build community, and respect intellectual values. Each year, students will take typical courses in English, math, science, history, social studies, a foreign language, technology, psychology, and the arts. Throughout all years at CSH, students develop their public speaking skills and communication abilities.

In middle school, CSH students will take drama and music, social justice courses, and computer programming. In the upper school, students will take religion and English each year; three years of science, social studies, mathematics, and a foreign language; and several electives in 11th and 12th grade.

Outside the classroom, students can participate in sports, in Model Congress or UN, musical productions or chorus, programming, service, and others. Upper school students will attend school retreats in the fall or winter each year.

Visit the official Convent of the Sacred Heart school site for more information about the school.

Convent of the Sacred Heart New York | Admissions Info

Admissions to CSH are similar for both Middle and Upper school applicants. Applications can be found online for Middle and Upper admissions, and both sets of applications are due by December 1st.

Included in the application will be basic information on the student, with a full transcript and school recommendations (including a math teacher recommendation) due in January, along with ISEE test results. Invited students can visit CSH for a day, with decisions on admission sent out in February.

Convent of the Sacred Heart NYC | How to Prepare for the ISEE

Performance on the applicable ISEE (either middle or upper level) will be key for presenting a strong admissions packet. There is plenty of prep material available for the ISEE, which means students can get familiar with the exam easily.

For both levels, students should be prepared for questions in the following areas: Verbal reasoning – synonym and sentence completion Quantitative reasoning – word problems and quantitative comparisons Reading comprehension – passages and related questions from a variety of genres Math achievement – multiple choice questions on math topics Writing – a response to a prompt which is unscored but sent to CSH

In order to get started, students can check out the free practice questions and test resources on the ISEE site, including a full official practice exam for each level. After going through these initial resources, students should be able to identify quickly where they may need some additional help before their ISEE date.

You can also download our free practice test by clicking the button below.

How Can We Help?

At Origins Tutoring, we believe that preparation for the Convent of the Sacred Heart’s admissions test (“ISEE” test) does not have to be daunting and exasperating; instead, it can represent an important opportunity along a student’s path to learning mastery. Indeed, the perspectives and abilities acquired during preparation can last a lifetime.

Our two-track approach to mastering content and improving test-taking skills means that students will not only thoroughly understand the fundamental concepts and skills tested by the ISEE, but they will also excel in using essential techniques to improve attitude, endurance and focus.

Our students hone their independent thinking skills while developing a resilient mindset so they can perform on test day in a powerful, resourceful, creative and calm manner. Each student in our program receives the undivided attention and expertise of a dynamic and experienced coach who provides the framework to support each student on his unique path to becoming a master learner.

Please call 917.287.7927 now for a complimentary consultation to discuss how we can help your child achieve his or her personal best on the ISEE.

What's Next?

This article has provided you with information about the Convent of the Sacred Heart NYC admissions process. Visit our ISEE fact sheet for more details on the exam.