High School Preparation for the Entire Family

THE HIGH SCHOOL ADMISSIONS PROGRAM provides Ancona families with relevant education, resources, and tools to better navigate high school admissions locally and nationally. Starting as early as the 4th grade, families are invited to attend parent education events that unpack the high school process.

Ancona has an excellent track record of placing students in the most selective Chicago high schools (independent, Catholic, and public), and our graduates are thriving academically. As our families navigate the high school application process, we encourage them to investigate a wide range of options. We want our families to find those “just right” schools that will best serve a student and allow them to thrive, rather than to focus only on those high schools that may be popular in any given year.

The High School Admissions Program aims to reduce anxieties around the process and equip families with the tools needed to feel confident about their high school choices. In both large group informational sessions and individual conferences, we provide Ancona parents and students with information about specific high schools and their programs, standardized testing, open houses, application deadlines, and entrance tests.

Please contact Liz Iverson for more information about the High School Admissions Program and Meagan Harlowe for information about testing accommodations or modifications.


  • Test Preparation Program facilitated by Test Prep Chicago
  • Student Support Counseling and Mentoring
  • Application Process Education
  • Shadow Visit Preparation


  • High School Night Workshop Series
  • Process and Application Series
  • Navigating High School for Families
  • School Culture Transition Workshop
  • Just Right School Selection


  • Exclusive networking events with admissions professionals for Ancona families
  • Invitations to high school fairs and local admissions events
  • Exclusive access to a broad range of boarding school options


Ancona graduates are highly motivated, independent, and thoughtful young people who know how to make the most of any educational setting in which they find themselves; our graduates are thriving not only academically, but also as confident school leaders. Throughout the Middle School years, Ancona’s teachers emphasize the research, organization, and study skills essential to learning in any high school and beyond.