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Chicago Schools

Chicago has so many wonderful things going for it: vibrant neighborhoods, a revitalized downtown and, of course, Lake Michigan. The proliferation of private schools is one more quality of life feature Chicago has in its favor. You will find a school for every need.

Ancona School, Dorchester
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Grades: PK-8
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: Ancona Schools is a Montessori program which educates the whole child spiritually, academically, physically, and socially in a caring, intimate environment that embraces diversity.

The Avery Coonley School, Downers Grove
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Grades: PK-8
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: The Avery Coonley School cultivates the spiritual, intellectual, emotional, creative and physical development of gifted students. The school was founded in 1906.

Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School, Chicago
Religious affiliation: Jewish
Grades: N-8
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School offers an enriched academic curriculum combined with traditional Jewish teachings.

Bethesda Evangelical Lutheran School, Chicago
Religious affiliation: Lutheran
Grades: PK-8
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: Bethesda Evangelical Lutheran School cultivates the spiritual and academic development of its students in a Christ-centered atmosphere. The school was founded in 1952.

The British School of Chicago
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Grades: N-12
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: The British School of Chicago offers an education based on the International Primary Curriculum, the UK National Curriculum and the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program. The perspective is international, as are many of the teachers and children who attend the school.

Brother Rice High School, Chicago
Religious affiliation: Catholic
Grades: 9-12
School Type: Boys, day school
Comments: The Christian Brothers operate Brother Rice High School. It gives young men a demanding, college preparatory experience geared to ensuring success at the college level.

Catherine Cook School, Chicago
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Grades: PK-8
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: Catherine Cook School offers an enriched academic curriculum. The school was one of the first independent schools in the Chicago area to offer a one-to-one laptop program.

The Chicago Academy for the Arts, Chicago
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Grades: 9-12
School Type: Coeducational, day school.
Comments: The Chicago Academy for the Arts provides professional arts training and a comprehensive academic education.

Chicago Grammar School, Chicago
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Grades: PK-8
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: Chicago Grammar School teaches a classical curriculum which emphasizes learning through experience.

Chicago Waldorf School, Chicago
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Grades: PK-12
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: Chicago Waldorf School uses a progressive approach according to the Steiner method. Waldorf schools encourage children to use their imaginations and to develop their artistic expression. The school was founded in 1974.

Chicagoland Jewish High School, Chicago
Religious affiliation: Jewish
Grades: 9-12
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: Chicagoland Jewish High School offers a conservative Jewish education centered on a challenging college preparatory curriculum. The school encourages spiritual, moral, academic and social growth in a ssafe, nurturing environment.

Christian Heritage Academy, Northfield
Religious affiliation: Christian
Grades: PK-8
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: Christian Heritage Academy combines traditional Christian teachings with a solid academic program which stimulates and inspires young minds in their formative years. The Bible is the basis for learning at CHA.

Countryside Montessori School, Northbrook
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Grades: PK-8
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: Countryside Montessori School is a progressive school in the Montessori tradition. It is one of the few Montessori schools offering classes up to 8th grade.

The Cove School, Northbrook
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Grades: K-12
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: The Cove School was one of the first schools in the country to specialize in teaching children with learning disabilities. It provides highly individualized education and life strategies for its students.

Cristo Rey Jesuit High School, Chicago
Religious affiliation: Catholic
Grades: 9-12
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: An initiative of the renowned Roman Catholic Jesuit order, the Cristo del Rey is changing the way we educate at risk children. The statistics speak for themselves: 22 schools serve 19 cities. 99% of Cristo del Rey graduates are accepted to college.

Da Vinci Academy, Elgin
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Grades: PK-8
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: Da Vinci Academy offers intellectually gifted and talented students the kind of learning environment in which they can excel.

Daystar School, Chicago
Religious affiliation: Christian
Grades: K-8
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: Daystar School combines traditional Christian teachings with solid academics to stimulate and inspire young minds in their formative years.

De La Salle Institute, Chicago
Religious affiliation: Catholic
Grades: 9-12
School Type: Boys, day school
Comments: De La Salle Institute gives young men a challenging and stimulating high school experience designed to provide a solid foundation for achievements in later life. The school is run by the Christian Brothers.

East Lake Academy, Lake Forest
Religious affiliation: Catholic
Grades: PK-8
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: East Lake Academy combines traditional Catholic teachings with solid academics to stimulate and inspire young minds in their formative years. The school plans to add a high school division in a few years.

Fenwick High School, Chicago
Religious affiliation: Catholic
Grades: 9-12
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: Fenwick High School is a Dominican school. It provides a variety of college preparatory courses designed to expand students' thinking and develop the skills necessary to succeed at college level studies.

Fox River Country Day School, Elgin
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Grades: PK-8
School Type: Coeducational, boarding/day school
Comments: Fox River Country Day School offers small class sizes, strong academics and a distinctive spirituality. This grand old Chicago area school was founded in 1913.

Fox Valley Montessori School, Aurora
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Grades: PK-6
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: Fox Valley Montessori School offers an alternative to traditional educational practices with learning based on the principles of Dr. Maria Montessori.

The Francis W. Parker School, Chicago
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Grades: JK-12
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: Since 1901 The Francis W. Parker School has embraced the progressive approach to learning. It educates the whole child spiritually, academically, physically, and socially in a caring, intimate environment that embraces diversity.

Gordon Technical High School, Chicago
Religious affiliation: Catholic
Grades: 9-12
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: Gordon Technical High School offers a structured and challenging environment that encourages spiritual, moral, academic and social growth. The school is run by the Resurrectionist Fathers.

The Hadley School for the Blind, Winnetka
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Grades: 8+
School Type: Coeducational, distance education school
Comments: The Hadley School for the Blind offers a variety of distance education programs designed to help blind and vision impaired young people get the education they need and deserve. The school was founded in 1921.

Lake Forest Academy, Lake Forest
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Grades: 9-12
School Type: Coeducational, boarding/day school
Comments: Lake Forest Academy provides a variety of college preparatory courses designed to expand students' thinking and develop the skills necessary to succeed at college level studies. In addition to independent study, study abroad and a host of other academic options, LFA offers 17 AP courses.

Lake Forest Country Day School, Lake Forest
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Grades: 1-8
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: Lake Forest Country Day School was founded in 1888. It challenges its students academically as well as develops each child to the fullest extent socially, emotionally and spiritually.

Latin School of Chicago, Chicago
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Grades: JK-12
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: Latin School of Chicago is a large school with all the amenities and offerings you'd expect to find at one of the top schools in Chicago. LSG graduates matriculate to fine colleges and universities at home and abroad.

Loyola Academy, Willmette
Religious affiliation: Catholic
Grades: 9-12
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: Loyola Academy is a Jesuit school which combines traditional Catholic teachings with solid academics to stimulate and inspire young minds in their high school years.

Luther High School North, Chicago
Religious affiliation: Lutheran
Grades: 9-12
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: Luther High School North gives young men and women a unique and enriching high school experience in the Lutheran tradition. LHSN serves the northwest part of the city.

Luther High School South, Chicago
Religious affiliation: Lutheran
Grades: 6 - 12
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: Luther High School South provides a college preparatory curriculum with a Lutheran emphasis. The school serves the south side of Chicago.

Lycee Francaise, Chicago
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Grades: PK-12
School Type: Coeducational, day school.
Comments: Lycee Francaise offers a dual-language program based on the French National Curriculum. This multicultural approach brings together the best in both systems and cultures for a unique experience.

Marian Catholic High School, Chicago Heights
Religious affiliation: Catholic
Grades: 9-12
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: Marian Catholic High School offers a structured and challenging environment that encourages spiritual, moral, academic and social growth. The school is operated by the Dominican Order.

Marist High School, Chicago
Religious affiliation: Catholic
Grades: 9-12
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: Marist High School gives young men and women a unique and enriching Catholic education which lays the foundations for life. The Marist Fathers have operated the school since 1963.

Morgan Park Academy, Chicago
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Grades: PK-12
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: Morgan Park Academy was a military school for many years. Now it offers a structured and challenging environment that encourages spiritual, moral, academic and social growth. MPA graduates go on to some of the finest colleges and universities here and abroad.

Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School, Chicago
Religious affiliation: Catholic
Grades: 9-12
School Type: Girls, day school
Comments: Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School gives young women a challenging and stimulating high school experience designed to provide a solid foundation for achievements in later life. This is a large school with about 1,500 students. They matriculate to excellent colleges all over the country.

Mount Carmel High School, Chicago
Religious affiliation: Catholic
Grades: 9-12
School Type: Boys, day school
Comments: Mount Carmel High School is a private Catholic high school run by the Carmelites. It gives young men a challenging and stimulating high school experience designed to provide a solid foundation for achievements in later life.

Near North Montessori School, Chicago
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Grades: K-12
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: Near North Montessori School uses the principles of Dr. Maria Montessori to develop creative thinking, independent learning and problem-solving skills. It is one of the few K-12 Montessori schools in North America.

North Park Elementary School, Chicago
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Grades: K-8
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: North Park Elementary School teaches an enriched preparatory curriculum in a community which prizes diversity and self-discipline. The school was founded in 1980.

North Shore Country Day School, Winnetka
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Grades: JK-12
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: North Shore Country Day School teaches an enriched preparatory curriculum in a community which prizes diversity and self-discipline. The school was founded in 1919.

Northside Catholic School, Chicago
Religious affiliation: Catholic
Grades: PK-8
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: Northside Catholic School combines traditional Catholic teachings with solid academics to stimulate and inspire young minds in their formative years.

Notre Dame College Prep, Niles
Religious affiliation: Catholic
Grades: 9-12
School Type: Boys, day school
Comments: Notre Dame College Prep gives young men a challenging, dynamic high school experience which provides a solid foundation for achievements in later life.

Notre Dame High School for Girls, Chicago
Religious affiliation: Catholic
Grades: 9-12
School Type: Girls, day school
Comments: Notre Dame High School for Girls gives young women a comprehensive high school experience which prepares them for life. It was founded in 1937 by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur.

Providence-Saint Mel School, Chicago
Religious affiliation:
Grades: PK-12
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: Providence-Saint Mel School offers a structured and challenging environment that encourages spiritual, moral, academic and social growth.

Quest Academy, Palatine
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Grades: PK-8
School Type: coeducational school
Comments: Quest Academy offers the finest enriched learning experience for gifted children.

Roycemore School, Evanston
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Grades: PK-12
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: Roycemore School teaches an enriched preparatory curriculum in a community which prizes global awareness and self-discipline.

Sacred Heart Schools, Chicago
Religious affiliation: Catholic
Grades: K-8
School Type: Girls/boys, day school
Comments: The Sacred Heart Schools consist of The Academy of the Sacred Heart for Girls and Hardey Preparatory for Boys. The schools offer a rigorous academic curriculum in the tradition of the Society of the Sacred Heart.

Saint Bede the Venerable Grammar School, Chicago
Religious affiliation: Catholic
Grades: PK-8
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: Saint Bede the Venerable Grammar School offers an enriched academic curriculum which stimulates and develops young minds in their formative, early years.

Saint Clement School, Chicago
Religious affiliation: Catholic
Grades: PK-8
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: Saint Clement School educates its students academically as well as develops each child to the fullest extent socially, emotionally and spiritually in the Catholic tradition.

Saint Edward School, Chicago
Religious affiliation: Catholic
Grades: PK-8
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: Saint Edward School offers an enriched academic curriculum which stimulates and develops young minds in their formative, early years.

Saint Francis High School, Wheaton
Religious affiliation: Catholic
Grades: 9-12
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: Saint Francis High School gives young men and women a challenging, dynamic high school experience which provides a solid foundation for achievements in later life.

Saint Ignatius College Prep, Chicago
Religious affiliation: Catholic
Grades: 9-12
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: Saint Ignatius College Prep offers its students a challenging, stimulating high school experience in the Jesuit tradition.

Saint Patrick High School, Chicago
Religious affiliation: Catholic
Grades: 9-12
School Type: Boys, day school
Comments: Saint Patrick High School gives young men a challenging, dynamic high school experience which provides a solid foundation for achievements in later life.

Saint Rita of Cascia High School, Chicago
Religious affiliation: Catholic
Grades: 9-12
School Type: Boys, day school
Comments: Saint Rita of Cascia High School offers its students a challenging, stimulating high school experience in the Augustinian tradition.

Saint Scholastica Academy, Chicago
Religious affiliation: Catholic
Grades: 9-12
School Type: Girls, day school
Comments: St. Scholastica Academy gives young women a comprehensive high school experience which prepares them for life. St. Scholastica Academy is an IB school.

Science Academy, Chicago
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Grades: K-8
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: Science Academy teaches an enriched preparatory curriculum which focuses on math and science.

Solomon Schecter Day School of Metropolitan Chicago, Northbrook
Religious affiliation: Jewish
Grades: K-8
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: Solomon Schecter Day School integrates traditional Jewish teachings with solid academics to stimulate and develop young minds in a child-centered environment.

The Southside School, Chicago
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Grades: K-8
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: The Southside School provides a child-centered education according to the Waldorf approach.

Southwest Chicago Christian Schools
Religious affiliation: Calvinist
Grades: 9-12
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: Southwest Chicago Christian Schools operate schools on three campuses: Tinley Park, Palos Heights and Oak Lawn. Solid academics combined with traditional Christian values are the hallmark of an SCCS education.

Summit Academy, Elgin
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Grades: PK-12
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: Summit Academy serves children who have special learning needs and difficulties which cannot be addressed in a traditional learning environment.

University of Chicago Laboratory Schools, Chicago
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Grades: PK-12
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: University of Chicago Laboratory Schools champions diversity, seeks and attains the highest academic standards and somehow manages to combine all of those ideals with a supportive, caring atmosphere which nurtures the whole child.

Wheaton Academy, Chicago
Religious affiliation: Christian
Grades: 9-12
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: Wheaton Academy gives its students a challenging, dynamic high school experience combined with traditional Christian values and teaching.

Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart, Lake Forest
Religious affiliation: Catholic
Grades: 9-12
School Type: Girls, day school
Comments: Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart offers its students a challenging, stimulating high school experience designed to prepare them for college level academics as well as life in general.

Holy Angels Catholic School
A description of Holy Angels Catholic School in Chicago, one of the largest African-American Catholic schools in the country.

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