Admissions Overview

Applications are open for the 2017-2018 school year. Before signing up for a shadow date, a prospective family must attend an open house or school tour.  See below for details.



We have a School Tour Scheduled for Thursday, April 20 from 9 – 10 am. Having a tour during the school day is a perfect opportunity for potential families to see Chesterton Academy of The Holy Family in operation. If you are interested in applying to Chesterton Academy of The Holy Family, we believe that a visit to the Academy is an excellent way to become familiar with the unique character of our school, and provides an indispensable aid to prospective students who are discerning where to spend their high school years. It is best to join us for an open house or a Thursday school tour, but we know that this isn’t always possible, therefore we can schedule a personal tour. Open Houses and School Tours are for Prospective Parents and Prospective Students. Please call or email the Admissions office. 630-442-1424 or

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After attending an open house or school tour, prospective students should schedule a shadow day at our campus to experience the Socratic methodology that our teachers use in the classroom, our classical curriculum, our exceptional and caring faculty, and our warm, welcoming, and promising students of Chesterton Academy of The Holy Family. Students can experience a typical day at Chesterton Academy by spending a day with the freshman class. Because of our unique schedule, we cannot always accommodate special requests for class preference (art, music, literature, science). Shadow days will be scheduled starting in mid-October for current 8th grade students. Please call to schedule a shadow day. Shadow days are on Tuesdays and Fridays. We have a limited number of shadow days available through April.

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The online application is open.  The fee is $35 and non-refundable for freshman.  The application fee must be paid prior to the HSPT placement test on January 28, 2017.  The non-refundable fee is $75 for transfer students. The application requires questions to be answered by the parents and the student, as well as a short essay writing sample. Our preferred application deadline is before December 15, 2016. All applications fees must be paid by January 27, 2017.  Start your application today.


The HSPT placement exam will be a required part of the application process for incoming freshman and transfer students.  This requirement will be waived if the HSPT test was taken within a year and results are uploaded during the application process or if other standardized test scores are available during the last calendar year. The only testing date is January 28, 2017. More information is available on the HSPT page.



We would like to meet with each prospective family that applies or would like to apply to Chesterton Academy of The Holy Family. This meeting may be with the Headmaster, Executive Director or a Founder. Meetings can be scheduled during the last period (2:30-3:00) of a shadow day or at another scheduled time.



We expect to make admission decisions in early March for the 2017-2018 school year, pending the HSPT reports.  Chesterton Academy of The Holy Family will email the admissions’ decision. Results will not be disclosed prior to this notification. Admission decisions can only be made when an application is complete. The First Semester report card of the current year should be uploaded prior to an admission decision. Second Semester report cards of the current grade will need to be uploaded by July 1, 2017

  • Students who are accepted will be notified by email by the Headmaster.
  • Students who are accepted, will need to enroll no later than April 1, 2017 or upon decision by the Headmaster.
  • Students who are wait-listed will receive an email notification from the admissions’office when and if a space becomes available.

Chesterton Academy of The Holy Family accepts students of any race, gender, color, national or ethnic origin. Please contact Chesterton Academy of The Holy Family at 630-442-1424 or email us at for additional information.