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About This School

Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory is a private high school in San Francisco. The principal of Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory is Gary J. Cannon and can be contacted at gcannon@shcp.edu. 1,250 students attend Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory S.F. County Civic Center Secondary is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Chorus
    • Computer arts
    • Dance
    • Drawing painting
    • Orchestra
    • Photography
    • Theater drama
    • Video film production
  • Languages Taught

    • French
    • Japanese
    • Latin
    • Mandarin
    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Cross country
    • Football
    • Golf
    • Lacrosse
    • Martial arts self defense
    • P.E. classes
    • Soccer
    • Softball
    • Swimming
    • Tennis
    • Track
    • Volleyball
    • Water polo
    • Wrestling
    • Yoga

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    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.

  • (2 years ago)

    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.

  • (2 years ago)

    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.

  • (4 years ago)

    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.

  • (4 years ago)

    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!

  • (4 years ago)

    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!!!

  • (4 years ago)

    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.

  • (4 years ago)

    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.

  • (5 years ago)

    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!

  • (6 years ago)

    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 !!!!

  • (8 years ago)

    Great school with good teachers after school activities and moral guidance.

  • (8 years ago)

    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.

  • (8 years ago)

    Excellent. The school has made vast improvements over the last 20 years. One of the best schools in SF.

  • (9 years ago)

    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.

  • (9 years ago)

    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.

  • (10 years ago)

    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.

  • (10 years ago)

    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

  • (10 years ago)

    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.

  • (10 years ago)

    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.

  • (10 years ago)

    I think this school is the best school anyone could ever go to. It has amazing teachers and the principal is fantastic.

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