How much is tuition at Altus Academy?

In our commitment to offer a high quality college-preparatory education for families that are not able to afford one, Altus Academy does not charge tuition. We ask families at the beginning of the year to commit to a contribution according to each family’s ability to pay. Many parents offer non-monetary contributions, including donating furniture and equipment, technical and building maintenance services, school and cleaning supplies, breakfast and snack foods, cleaning services, and taking leadership roles in parent committees.

Is Altus Academy a Catholic school or a Charter school?

Neither. Altus is a faith-based, private, independent school. Nevertheless, while not a member of the Catholic Archdiocese, everything we do at Altus Academy is consistent with the Social Doctrine of the Catholic Church with an emphasis on fostering Christian morality.

What is the school day schedule and calendar dates at Altus Academy?

School begins at 8:00am and dismisses at 4:15pm. Students arrive as early as 6:30am, and after school clubs and tutoring services end between at 5:15pm. The school calendar is from early August through mid June. Tentatively, the 2016-2017 school year will be begin August 1, 2016 and end June 9, 2017.

What is Project-Based Learning?

Project Based Learning (PBL) is a teaching method in which students gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to a complex question, problem, or challenge. The experience of thousands of teachers across all grade levels and subject areas, backed by research, confirms that PBL is an effective and enjoyable way to learn — and develop deeper learning competencies required for success in college, career and civic life (

For more information visit the Buck Institute for Education website, or watch this short video:

What are mixed-level classrooms?

Altus Academy has intentionally adopted mixed-level classrooms as part of the school model. Next year, students will be placed in 5th/6th grade and 7th/8th grade classes. Mixed-level classrooms allow educators to carefully assess individual ability and differentiate instruction to serve the needs of each student. Also, a multi-year curriculum allows educators to build relationships with students over a two year span, allowing students to fully understand teacher expectations and consistently practice classroom norms. Second year students then serve as peer mentors to incoming groups.

Because of the wide range of academic abilities in a mixed-level classroom, Altus Academy can only accept 14-15 students per classroom.

Does my child have to have good grades to be accepted into Altus Academy?

No. We do not accept students based on academic ability. Nevertheless, we make an effort to be transparent about our inability to serve every student, and will communicate this to parents during the application process.

How are families selected?

Our primary criteria for selection is the full commitment from families to fulfill the mission and vision of Altus Academy. Academic and personal standards at Altus are purposefully high, and we require a full collaborative partnership with parents to be successful.

What is the application process and when should I apply?

Altus Academy has a rolling admission policy. To apply, fill out the electronic application (CLICK HERE). A representative from Altus will contact you to set up a phone interview, followed by an in-person interview. Because of the high number of applicants, it is HIGHLY encouraged to apply now.

For more information contact John Heybach (312) 374-3148 /