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Illinois Schools: A-M

This page contains schools whose names begin with A through M. As you begin your search for the right school for your child, look at as many schools as you can. Make a list of all the schools which interest you. Once you have done that, you can begin to shorten the list and visit the schools which seem to be the best match.

Ancona School, Dorchester
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Grades: PK-8
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: Ancona School 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.

The Baker Demonstration School, Willmette
Religious affiliation:
Grades: PK-8
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments:The Baker Demonstration School embraces the progressive approach to learning. Teaching to the whole child and instilling a love of learning through discovery are part of the best practices in teaching for which this school is justly famous.

Benet Academy, Lisle
Religious affiliation: Catholic
Grades: 9-12
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: Benet Academy follows the Benedictine tradition of high standards and respect for others in a traditional Catholic environment. The Academy offers a college preparatory curriculum.

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.

Boylan Catholic High School, Rockford
Religious affiliation: Catholic
Grades: 9-12
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments:
Boylan Catholic High School offers college preparatory courses designed to expand students' critical thinking and develop the skills necessary to succeed at college level studies. It is accredited by the North Central Association of Secondary Schools and Colleges.

Brehm Preparatory School, Carbondale
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Grades: 6 - 12
School Type: Coeducational, boarding/day school
Comments: Brehm Preparatory School educates students with learning disabilities. It has the trained staff and teachers to offer plenty of individual attention.

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.

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

Chiaravalle Montessori School, Evanston
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Grades: PK-8
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: Chiaravalle Montessori School educates the whole child in a caring, safe environment which embraces diversity. This is a child-centered school in the Montessori tradition.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Christian Life Schools, Rockford
Religious affiliation: Christian
Grades: PK-12
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: Christian teachings are an integral part of the Christian Life Schools curriculum. The schools were founded in 1973 and now serve over 1,000 students.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Foundations Montessori School, Lake in the Hills
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Grades: PK-6
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: Foundations Montessori School is dedicated to the development of creative thinking, independent learning and problem-solving skills according to the principles of Dr. Maria Montessori.

The Glenwood School, Glenwood
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Grades: 3-8
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: The Glenwood School educates disadvantaged children spiritually, academically, physically, and socially in a caring, residential environment. The school operates two campuses.

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.

Holy Cross School, Champaign
Religious affiliation: Roman Catholic
Grades: K-8
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: Holy Cross School provides the guidance a Catholic student needs in the formative years to incorporate the teachings of moral and spiritual values of the Catholic Church in an intellectual, social and emotional environment.

Illinois Center for Autism, Fairview Heights
Religious affiliation:
Grades: PK-12
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: Illinois Center for Autism operates a variety of programs in conjunction with local school districts to meet the needs of children and young adults with autism, pervasive development disorder, Aspereger’s Syndrome and related disorders and syndromes.

Keith Country Day School, Rockford
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Grades: PK-12
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: Keith Country Day School provides a variety of college preparatory courses designed to expand students' thinking and develop the skills necessary to succeed at college level studies. The school offers financial aid to about 39% of its students.

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.

Lutheran High School, Springfield
Religious affiliation: Lutheran
Grades: 9-12
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: Lutheran High School offers a structured and challenging environment that encourages spiritual, moral, academic and social growth.

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.

Marmion Academy, Aurora
Religious affiliation: Catholic
Grades: 9-12
School Type: Boys, day/boarding school
Comments: Marmion Academy is a Benedictine college preparatory school which gives young men a challenging and stimulating high school experience designed to provide a solid foundation for achievements in later life.

Montessori Elementary & Preschool of Lemont, Lemont
Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Grades: PK-K
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: Montessori Elementary & Preschool of Lemont is dedicated to the development of creative thinking, independent learning and problem-solving skills according to the principles of Dr. Maria Montessori.

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 Assisi Academy, Lemont
Religious affiliation: Catholic
Grades: 9-12
School Type: Girls, day school
Comments: Mount Assisi Academy is a private Catholic high school operated by the Sisters of St. Francis of Christ the King. MAA gives young women a unique and enriching high school experience which lays the foundations for life.

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.

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