We know that STEM Kids Chicago readers care deeply about education, especially when it comes to science and tech learning. You might be lucky enough to have a public school that suits your needs in your neighborhood. Or Not. In which case, we’re here to help with a guide to the best private schools in the Chicago area.
Students at private, or independent, schools typically enjoy smaller class sizes, a broader curriculum, opportunities for a custom, differentiated learning experience and less reliance on standardized testing. Want to see for yourself? Many of these schools host open house events in October, November, and January. And, of course, you can always contact the school for a tour.
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The Best Private Schools in the Chicago Area
Avery Coonley School
1400 Maple Avenue, Downers Grove, IL 60515
The Avery Coonley School is an independent day school whose mission is to provide a learning environment for academically bright and gifted children so that they may become positive, productive, and respectful members of society.
Bennett Day School
955 W Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60642
Early childhood through high school, BDS is committed to advancing creativity, innovation, and the development of lifelong learners and leaders.
British International School of Chicago
South Loop and Lincoln Park
Core values, personalized learning, and innovative, hands-on learning experiences.
Catherine Cook School
W Schiller St, Chicago, IL 60610
K-8 School provides a nurturing environment that inspires children for life.
330 W Webster Ave, Chicago, IL 60614
Junior kindergarten through high school, Parker educates students to think and act with empathy, courage and clarity as responsible citizens and leaders in a diverse democratic society.
Gems World Academy
350 East South Water Street, Chicago, IL 60601
Pre-K through high school featuring an International Baccalaureate World School curriculum.
Latin School of Chicago
59 W. North Boulevard Chicago, Illinois 60610
Provides students with a rigorous and innovative education program while embracing diversity of people, cultures and ideas.
Midwest Academy for Gifted Education
Independent school in the city of Chicago that focuses on the cognitive and social-emotional needs of gifted learners. Full and part-time options.
Science and Arts Academy
1825 Miner Street, Des Plaines, IL 60016
Founded to provide intellectually and creatively talented students a stimulating and supportive environment designed for their unique abilities. Strong in both the arts and academics, the school provides differentiation, acceleration, enrichment, problem solving and creative thinking opportunities for gifted students.
We’ll be adding more schools soon. Stay tuned!