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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 Mimi Giles, admissions advisor, at 630.442.1424 or via email at, to schedule a time that's convenient for you.

Attend an Open House 

  • Parents and students are invited to attend an open house.

  • You'll meet our faculty and students, learn about our curriculum, and explore our sports programs and student activities.

  • RSVP for an open house.

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 2019-2020 academic year is $7,500 per student with a $450 book and supply fee. 

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 fairly allocate our limited aid dollars. Scholarship awards are based on need and the scholarship award application is only reviewed after it is completed and the audit status is good. The student application process and enrollment must be completed in full before being considered for tuition assistance.


Placement Exam

Purpose of the High School Placement Test

All incoming students are required to take a placement exam which 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 of The Holy Family (CATHF) will administer the HSPT (High School Placement Test).

Resources for Preparation

HSPT preparation comment from the test publisher.
HSPT test prep tool – search engine results for HSPT test prep will help locate other resources.
General information about the battery.

+Q: Should I pre-register for the Placement Test? Is there a fee for the Placement Test?

A: You must complete an Application for Freshman/Transfer Admission and submit required materials before the exam date. There is a $35 application fee for freshman and a $75 application fee for transfer students. This fee is required whether you take the test at Chesterton Academy of The Holy Family or elsewhere. We use TADS, an admission and enrollment company, for all of our application information. Applications are open for the 2019 – 2020 school year.

+Q: Does it matter if I take the HSPT placement exam at Chesterton Academy of The Holy Family? When will I receive test scores?

A: No, but you are responsible for uploading score reports taken at another site to TADS, and you are still required to pay the application fee. Test scores are electronically scored by Scholastic Testing Services and should arrive in 4-6 weeks, at which time we will upload them to your TADS account.

+Q: When is the deadline to complete the application?

A: Chesterton Academy of The Holy Family requests the online application be completed prior to the test day. Our preferred deadline is December 20, 2019.

+Q: After I register and pay for the placement exam, do I need to do anything else to apply?

A: After you begin the application process, additional documentation is required. The registration process will be considered incomplete until all required documentation has been submitted. Acceptance of students will begin in late February and can only occur if all documents are received and uploaded to your TADS account, including HSPT test scores.

+Q: What time should I arrive? What should I wear? Where do I go?

A: Plan on arriving to campus by 8:15 AM. Please enter via the door under the green awning in the parking lot off of 4th Street. Students will be escorted to their assigned room for the test. Students should dress modestly (no leggings) and comfortably, as the test is several hours long. A short break will be provided. You may bring a small snack (granola bar, fruit, etc.) and a water bottle for the break.

While parents are not required to accompany their students, you are welcome to attend a Q & A Session from 8:30-9:30 AM and enjoy coffee and pastries.

+Q: What should I bring or not bring?

A: Students should not bring a calculator. The use of calculators and dictionaries are prohibited. Pencils and paper will be provided. Cell phones must be powered off and watch alarms disabled. Cell phones are not allowed to be used at all from 8:15 AM until the end of the test. You may bring a water bottle and a small snack.

Admissions Events

Frequently Asked Questions

Life at Chesterton Academy

+ What is your DAILY SCHEDULE?

8:00AM Mass
9:08AM 1st Period
9:39AM 2nd Period
10:25AM 3rd Period
11:11AM 4th Period
11:54PM Lunch
12:37PM 5th Period
1:08PM 6th Period
1:54PM 7th Period
2:40 8th Period
3:20PM School Dismissed

+ How does LUNCH work?

Students bring their own lunch and may use school microwaves to heat meals.

+ How are HOUSES assigned?

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

+ Do you accept TRANSFER STUDENTS?

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 his or her success as they transition to Chesterton.

+ I heard your classes are full this year, are you full for next school year?

We have space available in the freshman class. Please call to find out if we have space available in other classes. During the summer, circumstances can change, and we don’t want you to miss your opportunity to attend CATHF. We welcome all inquiries and visitors. Please call to schedule a tour at 630-442-1424.

+ How long will you be at this campus?

We have a wonderful working relationship with the First Presbyterian Church of Downers Grove. They have been so gracious and welcoming to us, and we will stay in this building until we need to move due to growth. When that time comes, we plan to stay in the area. We do not expect to move for several more years, but we will see what God has planned for us!

+ Can a non-Catholic student attend CATHF?

Yes. We do require daily Mass attendance for all students as well as four years of Catholic theology; the curriculum is infused with Catholic thought throughout the classes. However, all are welcome!

Preparing for Your First Day

+ Is it feasible to travel by train to school?

Yes, we have several students who take the BNSF train to the Westmont station for Mass and then go home via the Downers Grove Fairview Station.

+ Where can we get SCHOOL UNIFORMS?

Uniforms may be purchased from School Belles.

+ What is the SUMMER READING requirement?

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.

+ Where is the supply list?

The school supply list is released in July together with details on summer reading assignments.


All new students are required to attend an orientation session in uniform on campus on Thursday, August 15th. 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.


All new parents are asked to attend an in-depth orientation session on Tuesday, August 20th on campus. This important session provides parents with information and resources needed to help their student thrive at Chesterton. Parents are also asked to attend the Welcome Back evening with all Chesterton Academy parents.