If you’re a family looking to move to the Chicago area or you're interested in purchasing a home in another neighborhood within the greater Chicagoland area, we’ve got good news for you. A study conducted by WalletHub found that Illinois schools rank 15th nationally out of all 50 states. And, of course, the closer you move to the Chicago area, the more choices you have for education.
Chicago’s suburbs are home to many high-quality private schools for children of all ages, from pre-kindergarten to high school and beyond. Let’s take a look at some of the top private schools near Chicago's north shore suburbs.
What began as an agricultural community has developed into a robust Chicago suburb that hosts multiple top-ranked private schools. Some of the best Arlington Heights private schools include St. Viator High School, Christian Liberty Academy, NewHope Academy, A Mother’s Touch Creative Learning Center, and Arlington Montessori School.
St. Viator High School (grades 9-12) is ranked on Niche as number 21 on the list of best private high schools in Illinois and number 7 on the list of best Catholic high schools in Illinois. St. Viator is home to 875 students and is ranked A+ for academics, A for college prep and sports, A- for teachers and clubs and activities, and B- for diversity, with a student-to-teacher ratio of 16 to 1.
Christian Liberty Academy (prekindergarten through grade 12) receives a Niche ranking of B+ for academics and college prep. This school is home to 534 students and maintains a student-to-teacher ratio of 12 to 1.
A Mother’s Touch Creative Learning Center (for students six weeks to eleven years) and Arlington Montessori School (for students in pre-kindergarten through grade one) are both listed on Private School Review as top-ranked Arlington Heights private schools for 2021.
Rochelle Zell Jewish Academy (grades 9-12) was ranked by Chicago Magazine as one of the top ten private high schools in the Chicago area. Niche ranks Rochelle Zell as the number one best Jewish school in Illinois, giving it an A+ for academics, clubs and activities, and college prep, an A for teachers, a B- for sports, and a C for diversity. This school is home to 185 students and has a student-to-teacher ratio of 6 to 1. 100% of students who graduate continue to attend a 4-year university.
Elgin is home to four of the Chicago area’s 100 best private schools.
Elgin Academy is a pre-kindergarten through grade 12 school that ranks as the 15th best private high school in Illinois and the best private high school in Kane County. It has earned an A+ for academics and college prep, an A for teachers, diversity, and clubs and activities, and a B for sports.
The Einstein Academy (prekindergarten through grade 12) is ranked as the 20th best private high school in Illinois and the second-best private high school in Kane County. It receives Niche rankings of A+ for academics and diversity, A for college prep and clubs and activities, A- for teachers, and C+ for sports. The school is home to 89 students and has a great student-to-teacher ratio of 5 to 1.100% of students who graduate from Einstein Academy continue to attend a four-year university.
Other notable private schools in Elgin include Harvest Christian Academy (prekindergarten through grade 12), which is ranked as the 10th best Christian high school in Illinois, and Westminster Christian School (prekindergarten through grade 12), which is ranked as the 6th best private high school in Kane County.
Northfield has the distinction of being home to the number one best Christian high school in Illinois and number sixteen for best private high schools in Illinois, according to Niche. Christian Heritage Academy is a pre-kindergarten through grade 12 school that ranks A+ for academics and college prep, A for diversity, A- for teachers and clubs and activities, and B- for sports.
Ranked as the 18th best private high school in Illinois and the 5th best Catholic high school in Illinois, Loyola Academy is ranked A+ for academics, college prep, sports, and clubs and activities, A for teachers, and B for diversity. It has over 2,000 students and maintains a student-to-teacher ratio of 14 to 1. 99% of graduating students go on to attend a 4-year university.
Last on our list but certainly not least, Winnetka is also home to one of Illinois’ top private schools: North Shore Country Day School. Established in 1919, this pre-K through grade 12 school is ranked by Niche as the third-best private high school in Illinois and the second-best private K-12 school in Illinois. It receives an A+ for academics, teachers, and college prep, an A for clubs and activities, an A- for diversity, and a B+ for sports.
It’s impossible to highlight all of the top-tier private schools in the Chicago area, but these thirteen schools certainly deserve distinction.
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