Start a Catholic School

Join the Chesterton School's Network

Raising Up a New Generation of Joyful Leaders and Saints

Our Onboarding Process

Interested in starting a school? Our Onboarding Process is an 18-month timeline to set you up for a successful launch.

We guide start up teams through a structured, proven process from discernment, to launch, and continuous improvement.

Schedule an Inquiry Call below to get started.

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Benefits for Network Schools


Formal Sponsorship

By the Society of Gilbert Keith Chesterton, a private association of the Christian faithful


Operational Framework

Tools, templates, and training to guide schools through launch and formal accreditation


National Brand Recognition

Use of Chesterton Academy tradename, logo, and high-quality branding and marketing tools


Integrated Curriculum

A rigorous, classically-based Catholic education with daily lesson plans and resources to equip teachers


Formation Program

Intellectual, spiritual, and character formation emphasizing the development of Christian virtues and an appreciation of beauty


Ongoing Support

Conferences, coaching, and best practices to help each stakeholder group operate effectively


Purchasing Power

Cost savings through economies of scale and vendor partnerships, from school services to uniforms


Academic Partnerships

Scholarships and college credit through Franciscan, Benedictine, Christendom, and other universities


Talent and Leadership

Opportunity to learn from exceptional headmasters, faculty, and administrators from across the Network

How Do I Start A School?

We know how difficult it can be to navigate the school start-up process. Here are the steps we’ve created to help you get your dream of a Catholic, classical high school off the ground.

1. Explore Chesterton

  • Learn about the Network's approach, model, and curriculum to discern whether our mission and identity correspond with your vision for Catholic education.

2. Contact Us

  • After reviewing the introductory materials on our website, and if you feel the Chesterton Schools Network may be a good fit for you, contact us to set up a 30-minute inquiry call.

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3. Apply to Join Cohort

  • After the inquiry call, you'll have the opportunity to apply for the next Cohort and register for Discovery Days training and monthly Cohort classes as you prepare to launch your school.

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Schedule an Inquiry Call

Questions about bringing a Chesterton Academy to your area or the school start-up process? Fill out our inquiry form and sign up for a time below with a School Success Manager.

Before your meeting, please be sure to review our introductory materials, academic model, and explore our video tour of Chesterton Academies from across the network. We look forward to connecting with you!