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The application for the 2018-2019 school year will open in August. Please contact Admissions for more details.

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Applicants who advance through the final stages of the admissions process conclude with an academic review.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Audition Requirements

Each arts department has specific audition or portfolio review requirements. Prepare for your audition.

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Thank you for considering The Academy for your high school experience! Reading this means you already know you love science labs and reading novels just as much as you love dance rehearsal and doodling in your sketchbook. An Academy education is all about exposing you to what you're passionate about, while building the foundation for whatever you decide to do next. 

Admissions is a multi-step process, beginning with an audition in your chosen department. Once you successfully advance through the audition, we then review your academic record. See above for a link for information on how to submit your academic paperwork. Students must also take the Independent School Entrance Exam prior to enrollment. The Academy offers four opportunities to take the exam at the school. 

The admissions process concludes with a parent interview. Please us the Admissions Calendar on the right to keep track of important dates and the links above to guide you through the admissions process. Please don't hesitate to contact Academy Director of Enrollment Management Kitsana Salyphone at 312.421.0202 or with any questions.  

We know the process can be daunting but we are here to help give you the tools that you and your family need. The best place to start is by simply getting to know us better!

While the curriculum is designed as a four-year program, The Academy accepts a number of transfer students every year. Please contact the Admissions Department for more information.

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The Chicago Academy for the Arts admits students of any race, religion, color, sex or national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, or national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship or financial aid programs, and other school-administered programs.