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Applications are still being accepted for the 2018-2019 school year. Apply today! 

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Complete an online Admissions Application via Ravenna ($85 fee)

Attend Student Visit and Parent Interview

Interviews are an important part of the Admissions Process. All prospective families are required to complete 2 different types of interviews as part of the process.

Student Visit: Prospective students are asked to join our classroom on specified dates. The point of this visit is for the teachers to assess the emotional and academic readiness of the student. This part of the process is important in helping to gather the best picture of the child as a student.

Parent Interview: Prospective parents are asked to join the Admissions Officer in a detailed conversation. This is an opportunity for both the Admissions officer and prospective parents to ask intimate questions that were not mentioned in previous visits (Open Houses, etc).

Scheduling Interviews: Admissions interviews are scheduled in January. Because the interview season is extremely busy, we ask prospective families to do their best to keep their interview date and time. Applicants are assigned to a class for student interviews and scheduled with the Director of Admissions on the same date as the parent interview. The time of the visits and interviews varies based on the grade applied. Pre-primary (3 years- Kindergarten) student visits are approximately 30 minutes long, 1st grade visits are approximately 2 hours long and grades 2-8 are full day visits. All parent interviews are between 30-45 minutes in length.

Admissions Decisions

After the student visit and parent interview, the admissions committee meets to discuss a final admissions decision. Once a decision is made, the admissions committee releases a final decision letter to the prospective family.

Enrollment Contract

If an offer of “Acceptance” is given to a prospective family, an enrollment contract will be issued on March 2nd. An electronic contract will be sent via email to both parents (if applicable). Both parents are expected to sign the contract before a student is officially enrolled at The Ancona School.


Ancona uses Ravenna, a third-party web-based application service, for our Admission process. We are one of many Chicago-area schools using this convenient tool for the submission of all application materials.

Through Ravenna, you will be able to:

  • Submit an inquiry
  • Register for an Admissions Open House
  • Apply for admission to Ancona
  • Send teacher recommendation forms directly to your child’s teacher/principal
  • Check the status of your application

To initiate the application process, or to register for an Admissions Open House, you must first create an account with Ravenna (if you don’t have one already). This will be your primary email contact with Ancona, so please use an email address you will have access to throughout the admissions process. If you lose your login information, you will need to go to and follow the steps to retrieve your password. Ancona does not have access to your Ravenna account information.

The Online Inquiry Form let’s us know you’re interested! We’ll send you more information about Ancona, and you’ll have the option to register for our upcoming Admissions Open House events.
To reserve a space at one of our Admissions Open House events, please log into Ravenna and create a student profile.  From Ancona’s page on Ravenna, click on “Upcoming Events” to select the Open House date that works best for you.

Ready to apply? Great! Go to Ancona’s Ravenna Page and click the green “Apply” button. If you are not taken directly to our page on the Ravenna Hub: go to “School Directory” and select Ancona School. Complete all the required fields and questions, then click the “Go to Pay & Submit” button. You will then be prompted to pay the application fee.

If you are unable to click on the “Go to Pay & Submit” button, please re-open the form and click on “Highlight Missing Questions”. Then, scroll through your application to see if any questions are highlighted. If not, please contact Ravenna directly at moc.s1531894458noitu1531894458losan1531894458nevar1531894458@pleh1531894458.

All Grades

  • Attend an Open House or Quick Tour
  • Copy of birth certificate
  • Authorization for Release of Information Form
  • Complete Parent Questionnaire through Ravenna
  • Complete Common Recommendation Forms


Teacher Recommendation Form

Grades 1-5

Teacher Recommendation Form

Principal Recommendation Form

Grades 6-12

English Teacher Recommendation Form

Math Teacher Recommendation Form

Principal Recommendation Form