Admissions at Fenwick

Why Fenwick

At Fenwick, you’ll have all the tools, resources, and support you need for academic excellence while learning to live your life with purpose. Since 1929, Fenwick has offered world-class academics, competitive athletics, and the Dominican Catholic pillars of prayer, study, community and preaching (service).

“As the only high school in the United States sponsored by Dominican Friars, Fenwick has a unique tradition that offers more than a classic liberal arts education and world-class STEM – you join a lifelong network of powerful leaders, brilliant minds and faithful servants making a difference every day. As a premier college preparatory school guided by Catholic values and the Dominican pillars of spiritual life – prayer, study, community and preaching – we empower students to grow intellectually, spiritually and emotionally in a proven environment.

This environment highlights the Dominican pillar of Prayer in many ways, but especially through the mandatory Kairos retreat program, which many students describe as the most profound and transformational of their Fenwick experiences.”


In-person tours are not currently available during the day. Please check out our other events like Open Houses, Admissions Coffees, and Future Friar Days!

College Preparatory and College Placement

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  • 1

    Perfect 36 ACT score
  • 29.4

    Top 50% Composite ACT score
  • 12

    National Merit Scholarship recognitions (2 finalist, 8 commended)
  • 5

    Evans Scholars
  • 170

    Presidential Scholars
  • 65

    IL State Scholars
  • 120

    College Board Recognition Program Scholars

Empowering Students Through The Arts

In our Expressive Arts Department, we work to develop students’ critical thinking skills while expressing thoughts and feelings through spoken, musical, and artistic expressions. Students have the opportunity to to grow and develop creatively while gaining a better understanding of themselves and the world around them.

Rigorous, Uplifting, and Diverse Environment

Our diverse student body consists of young men and women in the Chicagoland area with different economic and cultural backgrounds. As a Fenwick Friar, you are a part of our family and lifelong network that shares our strong tradition of excellence. We continually seek to attract students to Fenwick who are willing to work hard, in and outside of the classroom, and who maintain high expectations of themselves and their peers.

Faculty Profiles

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  • 3

    Doctoral degrees
  • 69

    Master’s degrees
  • 3

    PhD-degreed leaders among the Friars’ faculty and administration
  • 31%

    Teachers are also alumni
  • 4

    Dominican priests and brothers present daily in the building


Fenwick High School, guided by Dominican Catholic values, inspires excellence and educates each student to lead, achieve and serve.


Inspired by its Dominican Catholic heritage, Fenwick High School will continue to be a premier college preparatory high school. We empower our students to grow intellectually, spiritually, emotionally, socially, and physically in a disciplined and diverse environment. Through this transformational experience, our graduates continue the Fenwick tradition of excellence and serve as compassionate leaders, committed to justice and peace in a changing global society.

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