How to Apply

  • Admission Process

    Admission Process

    Applicants are considered as space is available. International students, please click here to see admission requirements. Priority application deadline Nov.1, decisions will be out by Dec. 1. Second round of applications due in by Feb. 15 and decisions will be out by Mar. 1

    1. See the Campus

    We strongly encourage parents and guardians to see campus, attend an open house or another of our admission events to see our programs in action. Call 773-881-6700 or email to schedule a tour.

    2. Apply for Admission

    Complete the online application, including the application fee and the school release form (PDF).

    3. Apply for Indexed Tuition

    Click here to learn more about our indexed tuition model or apply for indexed tuition via FACTS.

    4. Student Classroom Visit

    All prospective students are required to spend time in the classroom with our students and teachers. Early Childhood (PK-K) applicants will visit for 1-2 hours; all other students will visit for a full school day.

    5. Testing

    To participate in testing an application should be on file. Please call 773-881-6700 or for more information or to schedule a test appointment.

    Students entering grades 2-12 must take the entrance exam on one of the scheduled dates or arrange an alternative with our Admission staff. We also accept the Independence School Entrance Exam (ISEE) and Secondary School Admissions Test (SSAT).


    We will notify you of your status once all parts of the admission process have been completed, including receipt of records and recommendations from the current school.

  • ISEE Testing


    Morgan Park Academy is an approved Educational Records Bureau (ERB) testing site.

    The Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE) is a standard assessment of skills, ranking reasoning and achievement skills among students in the same grade. It enables students to take a single, fair, and reliable test for entrance into top-performing independent schools. The ISEE is used by consortia throughout the U.S. andinternationally, and for the City of Boston’s Exam Schools. It is the most advanced admission test available for independent schools.

    The Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE)

    • Four levels:
      • Primary - entrance to grades 2 - 4; not available at this site
      • Lower - entrance to grades5 – 6; paper/pencil administrations
      • Middle - entrance to grades7 – 8; paper/pencil administrations
      • Upper - entrance to grades 9 – 12; paper/pencil administrations
    • Affordable for families: Fee waivers available for MPA applicants (based on availability)
    • Based on standards of leading educational organizations:
      • The National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)
      • The International Reading Association (IRA)
      • The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)

    Students applying to grades 5-12 may sit for the Independent School Entrance Exam at Morgan Park Academy. One exam can be sent to all Chicago area independent schools.  The ISEE will be administered at Morgan Park Academy on the following Saturdays, registration at 8:45 am; testing begins promptly at 9:00 am:

    To register for the ISEE exam vist the ERB website

  • After & Before Care

    After & Before Care

    ABC is an extended childcare program for MPA students in Pre-Kindergarten through grade 8, operated by dedicated MPA faculty and staff, available before and after school every day when classes are in session.

    Morning ABC
    7:00-8:00 a.m. — Students may bring a snack and will enjoy quiet activities such as reading, studying, puzzles, and board games.

    Afternoon ABC
    3:00-6:00 p.m. — ABC after school includes homework time, arts and crafts, games, activities, recess, and two healthy snacks provided by MPA.

    Typical Schedule
    3:00-3:30 p.m. - check-in and attendance
    3:30 p.m. - snack time, homework time
    4:00 p.m. - homework time, indoor activities or outside play
    5:00 p.m. - snack time
    5:15 p.m. - recess

  • Required Forms

Lower School Viewbook (Grades PreK-5)

Middle & Upper School Viewbook (Grades 6-12)

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