The Areté Student -
Anything But “Basic”
We are looking for students who follow their own rhythms, seek their own paths to understanding, and develop their own unique intellectual styles. Who believe that conformity is highly overrated. Who prefer deep reflection to shallow conversation. Who love being with a like-minded group of original thinkers and ardent explorers.
We enroll students who will value our challenging, idea-centered coursework and take advantage of our individualized support system.
Admissions decisions are based on a written application, teacher recommendation, and personal interviews with prospective students and their parents. A day-long “shadow day” provides an opportunity for the student and the school to evaluate one another through informal, authentic interaction. During distance learning, prospective students will be invited to attend virtual sample classes in place of the shadow day.
We encourage families seeking admission to apply by our preferred deadline in early December to secure a space. After the preferred deadline, Areté will continue to honor applications on a space-available, rolling admissions basis.
Attend A Virtual Open House
Currently, we offer bi-weekly virtual open houses for prospective families throughout the academic year. Each open house features topics about our one-of-a-kind middle and high school programs. You will meet our Head of School and our first-in-class faculty, and hear from Areté parents and students. You can see our schedule and reserve your spot below.
Participate in A Virtual Campus Tour
Curious about what an urban campus looks like? See our seminar-style classrooms, Idea Lab, Robotics Workshop, Culinary Arts Studio, Electronic Music Studio and more. Join our Head of School, Jim Hahn, on an informal virtual tour of Areté. Explore a teaching environment custom designed for deeper learning!
Sign Up for A Virtual Sample Seminar
Drawing upon the passions and creativity of our first-in-class faculty, these year-round workshops offer a hands-on, minds-on window into what it’s like to be part of an Areté Seminar. Click below to see the latest lineup of fascinating topics
Complete Application and Required Forms
- Complete the application form and send with application fee
- Submit a teacher recommendation
- Provide official school transcripts
Not Sure Where to Start?
Areté’s sliding-scale tuition policy provides equitable access to our highly personalized, student-centered model, while supporting top-notch faculty, tiny class sizes, and cutting-edge tools and facilities. FAST, our third-party financial assessment software, helps us set a customized tuition based on a family’s income and allowed expenses, with a maximum contribution of $49,500 for 2020-21.
In addition, we offer a limited number of merit scholarships, a tuition loan program, and flexible payment plans.