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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 Chris Simpson 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 other student activities. 
  • RSVP for an Open House by calling 530-574-0804.

Apply and Enroll

  • After the online application is complete, our director 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 $5,500 per student with a $475 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 FACTS to help us allocate fairly our limited aid dollars. The student application process must be completed in full before being considered for tuition assistance. There is a $35 family application fee. To begin the application process CLICK HERE.

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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




Frequently Asked Questions

Life at Chesterton Academy


8:00AM Daily Mass
8:50AM 1st Period
9:40AM 2nd Period
10:40AM 3rd Period
11:30AM 4th Period
12:15PM Lunch
12:55PM 5th Period
1:45PM 6th Period
2:35PM 7th Period
3:20PM School Dismissed


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


During a special ceremony on a first day of school, new students draw a house name 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.


Chesterton Academy welcomes transfer students each year who come from public, private, homeschool, and online high school environments. Our director 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.

Preparing for Your First Day


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. Uniforms may be purchased from Donald's Uniforms


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 in July together with details on summer reading assignments.


All new students are required to attend an orientation session. Students will have an opportunity to meet their faculty, review their class schedule and ask questions prior to the first day of school.


All new parents are asked to attend an orientation session. This session provides information and resources needed to help their student thrive at Chesterton.