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Admissions Information, Requirements, and Process
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Benet Academy is a Roman Catholic, Benedictine, co-educational, college-prep school which accepts students of any race, gender, color, national or ethnic origin, or financial situation. Benet Academy does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, color, national or ethnic origin, in the administration of any academic policies, financial aid, athletic or other school-administered programs.

Freshman selection considerations include:

  • the applicant's score on the standardized entrance exam taken in January of their 8th grade year
  • priority to Catholic applicants

Other considerations:

  • applicant's relationship to Benet alumni (grandparents, parents and siblings) and currently enrolled Benet siblings.  See FAQ below regarding legacy applicant's entrance exam score cutoff.
  • other information such as essays and elementary school grades are considered for waitlisted applicants. 

Transfer student considerations include:

  • class availability
  • academic performance at the previous secondary school with a minimum of a B average
  • interview with the assistant principal

Admissions Process

Eighth Graders

  • View the admissions process calendar for dates, time-lines, and important events
    • Events include open houses, shadow days, parent breakfast, and grade school visits.  Attending events is the very best way to get to know Benet first hand and get questions answered directly by Benet.
    • All event scheduling information is provided in the calendar

General Application Process Steps

  • Step 1: Shadow Day - "Be a Redwing for a Day!”
    An applicant is invited to "shadow” a current Benet freshman. This is an excellent opportunity to experience first-hand a typical day at Benet Academy. Our guest will be assigned or can request a freshman host, whose schedule would be followed that day. The shadow would have a chance to meet various coaches, moderators and teachers. To schedule a Shadow Day, an applicant’s parent should fill out an on-line shadow form one week prior to requested visit.  Once you've completed the online shadow registration, Terry Nadolski, Shadow Coordinator, will contact you via email. 

  • Step 2: Application for Admission
    An application form should be submitted to Benet Academy between September 15 and January 10. A $50 application fee, copies of 7th and 8th grade report cards, most recent standardized test results and the optional essay should accompany the application, or you can pay the registration fee here at any time.

  • Step 3: Entrance Exam
    All applicants are required to take the High School Placement Test (HSPT) by Scholastic Testing Service (STS) at Benet Academy on the second Saturday in January. The application file must be complete prior to the test date. The entrance exam begins at 8:30 am and concludes at 11:30 pm. Admission results will be mailed by the middle of February.

  • Step 4: Interview
    Before final acceptance, some applicants may be called for an interview with the Assistant Principal.

  • Step 5: Welcome to Benet Program
    In late February, Benet Academy will host a "Welcome” for all of those admitted to the next year freshman class so that families can further explore the educational, athletic and social opportunities offered by the school. The confirmation form distributed at the program should be returned by March 15 along with a $300 non-refundable deposit to secure a place in the class. 

Required Documentation: 

1. A photocopy of your child's most recent report cards for the current and prior year.  

2. A photocopy of your child's most recent standardized test scores. 

3. Your child may complete one optional essay, handwritten or typed, and approximately two paragraphs in length.  

Optional Essay Choice #1  Describe an activity, interest or hobby that has been most meaningful to you.  

Optional Essay Choice #2  Why do you want to attend Benet Academy?  

For your convenience, you may mail, email or fax the required documentation.

Mail: Benet Academy, Admissions Department, 2200 Maple Avenue, Lisle, IL 60532 

Email: Molly Bush, Admissions Secretary 

Fax: Molly Bush, Admissions Secretary Fax 630-719-2849  Desk 630-719-2782                                                                                                                                                                      

  1. Welcome to Benet Program
    • In late February, Benet Academy will host a "Welcome" program for all those admitted to the next freshman class so that families may further explore the education, athletic, and social opportunities that await them.  An acceptance confirmation form is distributed at the program. This should be returned by April 1 along with a $300 non-refundable deposit to secure a place in the class. 

Transfer Students

  • Contact Benet Academy Admissions Director, Mr. Jim Brown at 630-719-2872
  • Complete a transfer student application and discipline recommendation form

In February, the results of the entrance exam are mailed to the students' homes along with instructions for accepting a spot in the Freshman class. 


Q: When are the registration materials for admission due?
A: Required documentation is due prior to the Entrance Exam.

Q: Do I have to take the entrance exam at Benet in January?
A: Priority decision is given to students who test at Benet Academy.

Q: What consideration is given to students with siblings or parents who attended Benet?
A: Students whose sibling(s), parent(s) and/or grandparent(s) graduated from Benet are considered legacy.  Benet Academy emphasizes academics and family therefore legacy applicants are given priority. 

Q: How does the exam score affect the admissions' decision?
A: After legacy applicants are accepted, Catholic applicants who are the first from their family to attend Benet are then selected based on their score of the entrance exam.

Q: What are the essay and grade school grades used for? What is Benet looking for?
A: The essay and previous grades are used for evaluating wait-listed candidates.  Benet is looking for a student's own words and work. 

Q: What percentage of students are brand new to Benet? Are most students legacies?
A: The majority of students accepted to each freshman class are from new families (not legacy). The exact percentage varies annually but legacy students are typically under 50%.

Q: I'm not Catholic. Do I have a chance of being accepted?
A: Priority acceptance is given to new Catholic students in a freshman class.   Non-Catholics have occasionally been accepted from the wait list (highest scores on the exam) or as transfer students after freshman year.




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