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FAQ

The best way to reach us is by email at admissions@beaconacademyil.org You may also call the school and leave us a voicemail message at 224.999.1177. Please note the best time and number at which to reach you. 
 
To schedule an in-person admissions visit on a Tuesday or Thursday, please email Beth Sosler. For questions about Financial Aid, please email Hilary Holder.
In-person tours for 8th grade families are designed to accommodate one family at a time. Please allow approximately 30 minutes per appointment. Visitors must follow Beacon Academy's healthy and safety guidelines, including a pre-visit health screening, on-site temperature check, and use of a face mask while in the building. Tours will be offered on Tuesday and Thursday, beginning October 6, when Beacon students are learning offsite, and on Saturday, November 7 from 8:30am-1:30pm. For more information about how to schedule a tour, please refer to our In-person Events page. We are unable to accommodate drop-ins. 
 
Absolutely. In lieu of an in-person visit, prospective families are invited to attend one of our weekly online webinars as well as our virtual fall open house. For more information, please click here.
 
In addition to Beacon's online events, our Admissions Team will also be presenting at a variety of virtual school fairs, including the LMAIS Northshore High School Fair, Chicago Independent School Fair, and Hidden Gems, and at small group Zoom sessions sponsored by some of our elementary feeder schools. 
 
Below, please find links to some of our most helpful resources as you explore Beacon Academy. 
The goal of our admissions process is to establish meaningful relationships with prospective families, educate them about Beacon Academy, and determine whether Beacon might be the right fit for a student. Even online, we are able to provide a highly personal experience for families moving through the admissions process. 
 
While our overall process remains unchanged, parent interviews will take place via Zoom and large-scale events will be moved online. In lieu of student shadow days, applicants will be invited to attend online classes, club gatherings and extracurricular offerings, and informal conversations with current Beacon students. Individual student interviews and assessments will take place with a member of the Admissions Team.
Standardized assessments are one small aspect of our admissions process which takes into consideration a student's school records, letters of recommendation, extracurricular interests, and essays, as well as family partnership, and personal interactions. As such, we do not require students to take the ISEE or SSAT; we accept MAP or any other standardized test result from the past two years. If your student has not taken a standardized assessment, please contact the Admissions Office
In-person schooling and peer-to-peer connection for our students are important, but safety is the thread that will bind our community together. For more information about our 2020 Reopening Plan, please visit our COVID-19 link here. Information will be updated throughout the year.