The first step of the application process is for you to learn more about The Academy through our admissions events. Sign up for Academic Open Houses, Conversations with the Head of School, Arts Department Open Houses, and more.

More information about Shadow Days and other types of visits is at the bottom of the page.

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The Chicago Academy for the Arts hosts a number of different admissions events throughout the fall and spring. Use the menus below to first choose what type of open house you would like to register for.

These admissions events are designed for students currently in the 7th and 8th grades. However, existing high school students who may be looking to transfer are more than welcome to register. More information about each admissions event is below.

Academics at The Academy Open Houses are a great way to get to know our academic curriculum. Conversations with the Head of School are informative sessions about our educational philosophy and culture. Finally, Arts Department Open Houses will tell you about our specific arts disciplines.

If you would like to register for more than one admissions event, simply indicate that you would like to sign up for another event as prompted below.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out to the Admissions Office at 312.421.0202 or email us at

Please contact the Amanda LePard in the Admissions Office directly to schedule a visit. 

Walk-in visitors must schedule a time to visit prior to coming to the school.

The Chicago Academy for the Arts is pleased to invite parents to a conversation with Academy Head of School Jason Patera to learn more about The Academy's educational philosophy. There will also be an opportunity to hear more about our admissions process from Director of Enrollment Management Amanda LePard

The Chicago Academy for the Arts is pleased to invite interested families to visit and learn more about Academics at The Academy. Families will participate in a schedule of five academic classes to explore each of our core subject areas. Each class will be a unique look into our curriculum and direct access to our award-winning faculty. The event will begin promptly at 5:30 p.m. and conclude at 7:45 p.m.

Upcoming Academic Night Dates:

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Shadow Days are an important part of the admissions process. They allow prospective students to see firsthand what it is like to attend The Academy. They also allow Academy faculty to assess whether or not a prospective student is a good fit for our school. Read more about Shadow Days here.