Launched in the fall of 2008 by Dale Ahlquist and Tom Bengtson, the school is centered on G.K. Chesterton’s ideas of integrated learning. It offers summer school programs, options for homeschool students, and adult enrichment classes. Chesterton Academy elevates virtuous young men and women in the Catholic tradition of faith and reason, centered on the truth of the Incarnation, Crucifixion, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Through the study of art, music, literature, language, history, mathematics, science, philosophy and religion, the school aims to prepare children to think both rationally and creatively, to defend their faith, and to contribute positively to society.
Chesterton Academy has been recognized as one of the "Top 50 Catholic High Schools for excellence in Catholic identity, academics and civics education" by the Cardinal Newman Society.
Beginning in the 2012-13 school year, Chesterton Academy moved from its former St. Louis Park location into the premises of Calvary Christian Reformed Church in Edina.