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Your Next Steps

Shadow at Chesterton

  • Prospective students are encouraged to spend a full shadow day at Chesterton Academy.
  • Students are paired with an Ambassador to experience our classes and joyful atmosphere.
  • Contact Kristen Basgall, Director of Admissions, to schedule a time that's convenient for you.

Attend an Open House 

  • Parents and students are invited to attend an Open House at either of our campuses.
  • You'll meet our faculty and students, learn about our curriculum, and explore our sports and other student activities. 
  • RSVP for an Open House at our campus locations.

Apply and Enroll

  • Our application process is completed online through TADS.
  • After the online application is complete, our headmaster will meet one-on-one with you and your student to get to know you and answer any questions that you may have.

An Affordable Education

Tuition & Fees

Chesterton Academy is committed to offering an outstanding high school education at an affordable cost to families. Tuition for the 2019-20 academic year is $7,620 per student with a $395 book and supply fee. Families with siblings at Chesterton Academy receive a tuition discount. 

Because tuition does not cover the full cost of an education at Chesterton, families are expected to aid in fundraising efforts throughout the school year.

Financial Aid

Scholarships and tuition assistance are available to families who apply and qualify for aid. Chesterton Academy utilizes the services of TADS to help us allocate fairly our limited aid dollars. The student application process must be completed in full before being considered for tuition assistance.

The Flaherty Family Foundation has partnered with Chesterton Academy to provide scholarship funds to high-potential students with economic need. Contact us to learn more about program requirements and how your student can apply.

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Placement Exam

All students are required to take a placement exam as part of the application and enrollment process. The placement exam is used as a diagnostic tool to ensure students are placed in the appropriate section of math or Latin, and to help identify areas of academic strengths and opportunities for growth.


Chesterton Academy administers the Classic Learning Text 8 as its placement exam for incoming freshmen. The placement exam covers:

  • Verbal reasoning skills
  • Grammar and writing skills
  • Quantitive reasoning skills
  • An optional Latin exam is also offered



Admissions Events


Frequently Asked Questions

Life at Chesterton Academy


8:00AM 1st Period
8:50AM 2nd Period
9:40AM 3rd Period
10:30AM 4th Period
11:25AM Mass
12:05PM Lunch
12:25PM Lyceum
12:50PM 5th Period
1:40PM 6th Period
2:30PM 7th Period
3:15PM School Dismissed


8:00AM 1st Period
9:00AM Daily Mass
9:40AM 2nd Period
10:30AM 3rd Period
11:20AM 4th Period
12:10PM Lunch
12:40PM 5th Period
1:30PM 6th Period
2:20PM 7th Period
3:05PM School Dismissed


Students bring their own cold lunch and may use school microwaves to heat meals. Cheese pizza is available for sale on Fridays.


During a special ceremony on a first day of school, new students draw a house name and are welcomed by their new housemates. Siblings are typically assigned to the same house, unless otherwise requested. Once a house has been chosen for a student, they will remain in that house until they graduate.


Chesterton Academy welcomes transfer students each year who come from public, private, homeschool, and online high school environments. Our Academic Dean works closely with each transfer student to ensure their success as they transition to Chesterton.


Our students come from a wide range of educational backgrounds, including parochial K-8 schools, public schools, charter schools, homeschool, and online high schools.


Chesterton Academy works to limit assigned homework to an hour and a half of homework per evening. We seek to be efficient in the learning process such that students have time in the evenings to spend with their family and to commit to extracurricular activities and after-school jobs. We also build the class schedule to include three free periods per week to accommodate our students. They may use this time to study or to take a break as needed.

Preparing for Your First Day


The school facilitates carpooling by creating an interactive map which is sent to families prior to the beginning of the new school year. The map helps families easily connect with one another in their geographic area.


The tradition of school uniforms goes back to Medieval times when caps and gowns were required at universities. Thus, all students regardless of background would dress alike, and all would show an outward sign of their dedication to the task of learning together within the university community. In other words, from the very beginning, uniforms have been in support of three goals: modesty, professionalism, and community, or school spirit. Our uniform policy aims at the same three goals.


Chesterton students are required to read one classical work over the summer each year. Reading assignments and study guides are available online. All students will have a quiz on their assigned book within the first week of the school year in their literature class.


The school supply list is released over the summer together with details on summer reading assignments.


New students attending the West Campus are required to attend an orientation session in uniform at their campus on Thursday, August 22. Students will have an opportunity to meet their faculty, review their class schedule, set up their lockers and ask questions prior to the first day of school. Returning West Campus students will attend All-School Orientation on Friday, August 23. New students attending the East Campus will have their orientation with the rest of the school on Friday, August 23 at Blessed Sacrament.


All parents are asked to attend an the Welcome Back evening at their respective campuses. East Campus: Wednesday, August 21 | West Campus: Thursday, August 22.