Life at Chesterton Academy
8:00 AM 1st Period
8:50 AM 2nd Period
9:40 AM 3rd Period
10:30 AM 4th Period
11:25 AM Mass
12:05 PM Lunch
12:25 PM Lyceum
12:50 PM 5th Period
1:40 PM 6th Period
2:30 PM 7th Period
3:20 PM School Dismissed
Students bring their own cold lunch and may use school microwaves to heat meals. They may also pre-purchase cheese pizza to enjoy on Fridays.
At a special ceremony during All-School Orientation, new students are sorted into their houses and are welcomed by their new housemates. Once a house has been chosen for a student, they will remain in that house until they graduate (sibilings are automaticlly put into their family’s house).
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 two Lyceum (free) periods per week to accommodate our students. They may use this time to study, make up work, meet with faculty or take a break as needed.
Preparing for Your First Day
The school provides an interactive map 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 are required to attend a two-hour orientation session in uniform. Students will meet with the Deans, review their class schedule, get a tour of the campus and set up their lockers.
All students are required to attend All-School Orientation in uniform. During this time they will meet the faculty, attend Mass, receive their schedule and books, participate in house sorting and house meetings and more. These two events required events are held on the Thursday and Friday before the first full day of classes the following Monday.
PARENT WELCOME BACK NIGHT
All parents are required to attend Parent Welcome Back Night held on the Thursday before the first full day of classes. During this time we will be providing important details for the school year. After the meeting all are welcome to attend a social to catch up with old friends and meet new ones.