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​​Embers Academy is committed to an admissions process that reflects the mission and values of our school. We welcome new families who share our vision and are seeking our wholesome school environment for their children.

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Welcome to your best option for your child’s early elementary years – Embers Academy! Embers serves students in grades PK3 – 5th grade at our Niles campus, drawing families from Chicago, and the north, west, and northwest suburbs.

When you enroll your child at Embers, your family is welcomed into our close-knit family. You and the school form a partnership. You are regarded as the primary educator and the school seconds your parenting by educating your child in foundational academics and good character.

Come for a visit to experience the cheerful, nurturing environment that makes Embers a positive place to grow and to learn. Find out why parents surveyed about the culture and climate of Embers expressed:

“A loving environment, truly an extension of our home.”

We look forward to welcoming you to Embers.

Step One: Schedule a Shadow Day

Schedule a day for your child to visit Embers. This is a great opportunity for your child to socialize with their peers and spend some time in the classroom. Click here to schedule a Shadow Day now.

Step Two: Complete and Submit an Application

Please click here to access our online application and create a myEmbers account. All applications must be accompanied by a $50 application fee, payable online by checking account withdrawal or credit card payment.

Step Three: Transcripts and Recommendation Form

A completed Transcript Records Release Form must be submitted to your current school. This form allows your current school to send records directly to Embers. If your child has attended more than one school, a separate form must be completed for each school.

An Applicant Recommendation Form can be found on your myEmbers portal and should be filled out by your child’s current teacher. Only one recommendation is required. The Recommendation Form must be forwarded to your child’s teacher through your myEmbers portal.

Step Four: Schedule a Parent Interview and Student Assessment

The final step of the application process will be for you and your child to come in for a brief interview with the Head of School. Depending on the age of your child, academic assessments may be administered to determine proper class placement. Once a completed application and supporting documents have been received you will be contacted by someone from the Admissions Office to schedule an interview and student assessment.

What’s next?

After a prospective student and family have successfully completed the application process, the Admissions Office carefully reviews each candidate. We do everything we can to gain a complete and fully-dimensional understanding of your child as a student and a person. Every piece of the application is considered valuable and important; no one test score, grade, or comment is weighted more heavily than any other.

Visit Embers

Register for an Open House

Join us at an Open House! Receive a campus tour and hear directly from our Head of School.

Questions?

Contact our Admissions Team at admissions@embersacademy.org.

Tuition 2021-22

  • Grades Kindergarten thru 5th:  $8,074
  • PK3 (only) – 2 Half Day:  $2,648 PK3 (only) – 2 Full Day:  $3,681
  • PK3 & PK4 – 3 Half Day:  $3,500 PK3 & PK4 – 3 Full Day:  $5,049
  • PK3 & PK4 – 5 Half Day:  $4,414 Pk3 & PK4 – 5 Full Day:  $6,066

Tuition covers the major portion of instructional and academic costs. Tuition does not include uniforms or students’ personal school supplies.

Embers Academy uses SmartTuition for tuition management and SmartAid for tuition assisstance assessment. If you have questions about these applications, please contact Lelia Harig in the Business Office at lharig@embersacademy.org or (847) 518-1185.

Fees 2021-22

Materials Fee of $250 per student covers consumable items that the school orders for all students. Such items include classroom furnishings; replacement of textbooks and workbooks; technology and its maintenance (computers, Chromebooks; and classroom projectors), and all supplies and materials that are necessary for our robust learning environment.

Tuition Assistance

  • Percentage of Students Receiving Tuition Assistance:  24%
  • Average Grant per Student:  $3,200

Embers Academy is committed to an admissions process that reflects the mission and values of our school.  We welcome new families who share our vision and are seeking our wholesome school environment for their children.  Financial constraints should never prevent a family from providing their children with an Embers education. As such, our need-based tuition assistance process makes it possible for all qualified students to attend Embers.  Tuition assisstance is intended to supplement a family’s own resources, and recipients range from families whose ability to pay school costs is extremely limited, to families who may need only a minor subsidy to meet our tuition requirements.

Begin our SmartAid Tuition Assistance Application Process HERE.

Notes on Tuition Assistance:

  • Please note that all supporting tax and other documents should be sent to SmartAid directly, not to Embers. Supporting documentation is required and your application will not be considered complete until its submission.
  • Documentation Required: 2019 tax return, including 2019 W-2
  • Documentation Requested, but not Required: 2020 W-2
  • For all returning students, applications for grants, along with supporting documentation, are due by March 19, 2021
  • For returning students, aid decisions, along with admissions decisions, will be communicated jointly on March 31, 2021.
  • For all new students, applications for grants, along with supporting documentation, are due within 10 days of admissions acceptance.