Online Application

The Academy is currently in the process of rolling admissions. Applications received will be considered based on space availability.

Submit Academic Paperwork

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

Tuition & Tuition Assistance

The Academy is an investment that lasts a lifetime. We work tirelessly at providing opportunities for any committed family.

Visit The Academy

Registration for Admissions Events is open now! Sign up for Academic Nights, Parent Coffees, and Department Open Houses.

Frequently Asked Questions

Get answers to questions coming from over 35 years of families like yours.

Audition Requirements

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

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Admissions Calendar

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 two-phase process, beginning with an Audition in your chosen department. Once you successfully advance through the audition, then we review your Academic Paperwork. Please refer to Submit Academic Paperwork for more information. Students must also take the Independent School Entrance Exam prior to enrollment. The Academy offers four opportunities to take the exam at the school on December 16th, January 3rd, 4th and 6th. The admissions process concludes with a 30-minute Parent Interview for all applicants.

While the curriculum is designed as a four-year program, The Academy accepts a number of transfer students into the 10th and 11th grades every year. Please contact the Admissions Department directly to discuss your options and application process.

The Admissions Calendar on the right is a resource to keep track of important dates, and the links above will guide you through the admissions process. Please do not hesitate to contact me at 312.421.0202 or by email with any questions.  

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

Warmest regards,

Kitsana Salyphone
Director of Enrollment Management

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.