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Boarding International

Boarding Information

St. Bede Academy, located 100 miles southwest of Chicago, was founded in 1890 by a group of Benedictine Monks. Originally St. Bede was an all-boys high school which included a significant number of boarding students. The Academy became co-ed in 1973, but the boarding school remained all-male. In 1981 the boarding school was closed.

We are a co-ed college prep school with 300 students. Due to interest from alumni and foreign students, we resumed the boarding program during the 2007-2008 school year and our facilities were filled to capacity.


We have established a living situation that combines the structure of a boarding school with a small group living experience.  The male boarding students live in a residence constructed on the St. Bede campus in 2011.  The female boarding students live in a residence constructed in 2009.  These residences are located just north of the academy building at the heart of St. Bede's beautiful 700 acre campus.  Each boarding home is supervised by a married couple who live in the boarding homes with their children.  We believe this living situation provides an ideal model for a secondary school student who desires a residential option. Each boarding house consists of 8 student bedrooms with 2 desks, 2 chairs, 2 beds, 2 wardrobes and 2 dressers. Both house also features WiFi, a communal kitchen, living room, laundry and bathroom facilities for student use.

Contact Marcia Wagner, Dean of Residential Programs, at or 815-250-0285 for more information.


Girls Boarding


Boys Boarding


2019-2020 Residential Boarding Student Tuition and Fees:

Total Boarding Student Cost: $35,000.00*

*Academic & Diversity Scholarships are available. 90% of students receive some type of assistance.

Room and Board is a very comprehensive cost that includes all of the following:

  • Room & Board (including domestic health insurance)

  • Ground transportation to/from St. Bede and Chicago O’Hare Airport (ORD) in August and May

  • Transitional Support Services provided by ESL Faculty

  • College Planning, test prep and Guidance Services

  • Monthly supervised excursions to local attractions.

  • HP Chomebook device for academic use 

  • Admission to all school events

  • Textbook subscription fees

  • Yearbook & Spirit Day Shirt

Cost does not include:

  • Sports packages for various extra extra-curricular sports and activities.

  • Uniforms (approximate cost: $300)

The boarding facility will be closed during the two week Christmas break. 

While we accept students in each grade level, we will only accept 12th grade students if they will be able to graduate with their class.

Saint Bede Academy Boarding Program Process

Students applying to the St. Bede Academy Boarding Program are required to complete all the steps, documents and forms listed below.
Please begin with the following step by step guide.

Step One

Interest & Inquiry

Complete and submit to Dean of Residential Programs, Marcia Wagner.

Face to Face Interview



  • Submit with a copy of your Passport page that states your name to: Marcia Wagner.

    Transcripts & ITEP/TOEFL Scores

  • Submit by email to Marcia Wagner then present original when you arrive at St. Bede Academy

(Official Transcripts from 7th grade to current must be presented)

  • If the prior four items are completed and approved you will be emailed your Acceptance Letter from Dean of Residential Programs, Marcia Wagner.

  • Account Invoice will be issued by email from Business Office Manager, Eve Postula. Upon receipt of the Acceptance Deposit your I-20 will be mailed to you.

Step Two

After receiving your Acceptance Letter and I20 (for international students) please print, complete and email the following forms to Dean of Residential Programs, Marcia Wagner  by July 15th or one month prior to arriving. Then present the original forms to the school office when you arrive at Saint Bede Academy.

Step Three

After you arrive at St. Bede Academy present the original forms from Steps 1 & 2 and the following items to the school office. A copy will be made of the items listed below for your file and the original items will be returned to you.

  • I20

  • Passport

  • Visa