Our Philosophy

Academy High is an independent secondary school serving families in East-Central Illinois.  Incoming students possess a passion for learning and a deep commitment to engaging in the real world.  Academy High strives for a student body that is diverse and inclusive, respectful of all members of its immediate and global communities, empathetic, and eager to be socially responsible.

Academy High seeks students from a wide variety of backgrounds and academic settings who embody our core values and mission.  We evaluate applicants with an emphasis on best fit for the school and the family, taking into consideration current school records, extracurricular interests, student essays, and personal interactions.  Academy High strives to maintain the highest standard of ethical conduct throughout the admissions process.


Tuition for the 2017-2018 school year is $15,800.

There are various payment plans available. Tuition may be paid annually, semiannually, or in ten monthly installments.

Need-based financial assistance is available to families who qualify.  In the 2017-2018 school year, 33.3% of our student body receives some financial aid.

Financial Aid

Academy High seeks an economically, socially, and racially diverse student body.  The school is committed to enrolling qualified students, regardless of their families’ ability to afford full tuition, and uses its a portion of its annual budget to help achieve this goal.  In the 2017-2018 school year, 33.3% of our student body receives some financial aid.

Academy High awards a reserved amount of need-based tuition assistance to accepted students who qualify financially.  Need-based financial aid decisions are based on the National Association of Independent School’s (NAIS) recommended award amounts; all information is kept confidential.  Please note that admission decisions are made separately from financial aid decisions.  There can be no guarantee in advance of a certain level of need-based aid, as the financial aid requests are processed through NAIS and will be given proportionate consideration based on need.  Need-based financial assistance awards are issued annually- families must reapply each year to be eligible.

Current and prospective Academy High families may apply for need-based financial assistance through School and Student Services (SSS) by NAIS. You are invited to download the application instructions here.

To begin your financial aid application, please complete SSS’s Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS).

Additional information about this process can be found here: http://sssbynais.org/parents.