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1. Morgan Park Academy, Chicago
Courses / Programs
Founded in 1873, Morgan Park Academy (MPA) is a co-educational, college preparatory, independent day school dedicated to preparing students for college and inspiring them to strive for excellence and realize their full potential, both academically and as individuals. We are located in the Morgan Park residential area of Chicago in Cook County. Families come to MPA from communities throughout Chicago, the southern and western suburbs in Cook, DuPage, Kankakee and Will counties, as well as north-west Indiana.

At Morgan Park Academy, our highly motivated faculty is complemented by a stimulating, time-tested curriculum. We have some of the smallest class sizes among the top schools in Illinois. We provide an engaging, personal learning experience for students from preschool through to high school.

At Morgan Park Academy, we embrace an overriding desire to inspire students to lead lives of purpose, to learn to work hard, to strive for excellence, and to appreciate the diversity that exists in this world.
- Preschool program
- Lower School program
- Middle School program
- Upper School program
- High School program

Additionally: Athletics program & Wellness program

* We provide a rigorous curriculum with English, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Spanish, French, Visual Arts, Music and Physical Education.
2. Adirondack Learning Academy
Courses / Programs
• Enroll in an accredited online homeschool course from Adirondack Learning Academy (ALA), and give your child or teenager the opportunity to benefit from quality online education from the comfort of their own home in Illinois and throughout the U.S

• We deliver comprehensive, NCAA-approved study-at-home academic programs to kindergarten, elementary school, middle school & high school students. 

• A homeschool diploma is awarded to high school seniors on successful completion of the program, and an official transcript that states that they have completed the requirements for graduation in their state.

• We provide anytime online access to our online courses. Tailored to appeal to today’s web-savvy kids, this makes studying convenient for all schedules.

• Our staff is skilled at easing the transition from high school to college. We have experience in what it takes to get you accepted at the college of your choice.

ALA is accredited by the National Independent Study Accreditation Council (NISAC) and approved by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).
Online K-12 Homeschool Programs:
For kindergarten, elementary school, middle school & high school students

• Core courses, electives & and career-technical courses
• College entrance assistance
• Advanced Placement (AP) classes
• Individualized curriculum with each student assigned a personal learning coach
• Programs for students with special needs

A homeschool diploma is awarded to high school seniors on successful completion of the program
3. Jolly Fun House Playschool, Chicago
Courses / Programs
Jolly Fun House Playschools cater for kids ages 6 weeks to 5 years through our Infant program, Toddler / Two Years program, Preschool / Pre-Kindergarten program, and more. We have three locations in Cook County, Illinois (Chicago City, Norridge and Prospect Heights). Our facility in Chicago enjoys a central location serving Irving Park, Albany Park, Avondale, Hermosa and Belmont communities. Our students achieve great results. Strong academic performance on standardized tests, on average, place our students in the top percentiles nationally.

Since 1942, the JFH Educational Academy has provided the highest standard of care and educational opportunity for children from infants through to preschool and the early grades. At JFH, our past, present and future commitment is to provide the highest standard of care and education that has been the hallmark of this family-owned and operated business.

Jolly Fun House Playschool is accredited by the National Childcare Association (NCCA) and National Early Childhood Program Accreditation Commission (NECPA).
- Infant Program
- Toddler Program / Two Years Program
- Preschool Program / Pre-Kindergarten Program
- Kindergarten Program
- Before and After School Programs

- All of our programs include Reading and Language Arts, Social Studies, Spanish (grade school), Computer Access and Training and Science Experiments (4 year-olds through grade 6).

- Activities include art, music and sports in our large gymnasium.

- We also offer Day Camps and Holiday Vacation Play Clubs.
4. Smart Love Preschool
Courses / Programs
Located in North Side Chicago in Cook County, Illinois, near Irving Park and the Lake, Smart Love Preschool offers a play-based curriculum within an eco-friendly environment as five day or half day (morning and afternoon) care programs for toddlers and children of 3-5 years. Families from Lakeview, Ravenswood, Irving Park, Avondale and surrounding Northside communities can be sure of the strength of our Smart Love philosophy which has been successfully applied by trained professionals in a broad range of settings for over three decades.

We have created a unique and inspiring toddler program involving spacious motor play and lively group times, designed especially for your child's optimal development. In our preschool section, theme-based, age appropriate content is taught in an engaging way that stimulates children's natural curiosity about the world around them and incorporates early math and literacy skills.

The Smart Love Preschool provides a setting that promotes young children's long-term academic success by strengthening their social-emotional health and inspiring their intellectual creativity through play-based learning.
- Five day and half day (morning, afternoon) care programs for toddlers and preschool children

- Toddlers Exploration program for children 15-36 mths

- Preschool program for children from 3-5 years

- We follow a theme-based curriculum that stimulates the children's natural curiosity about the world around them and incorporates early math and literacy skills
5. Latin School of Chicago
Courses / Programs
Latin School of Chicago located adjacent to Lincoln Park on the North Side is an independent, co-educational college preparatory school for students in junior kindergarten through to grade twelve. Latin is the oldest independent school in the city of Chicago. The school was designed to provide students with a rigorous college-preparatory education in the classical tradition, with a curriculum that was heavily influenced by classical studies and the study of the Greek and Latin languages, hence the name “Latin School." Latin is still taught at the school today and is offered from sixth-grade onwards.

This academic load is balanced by a wide array of outside opportunities to play sports; be in the Middle School play; participate on a competitive math, science, or chess team; work on the student newspaper; perform in the band or chorus; be a member of student government; do community service; or participate in any number of other activities.

Latin School of Chicago is accredited by the Illinois State Board of Education, by the Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS) and a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS).
- Kindergarten Program
- Lower School Program
- Middle School Program
- Upper School Program

* Each student takes a core set of courses in mathematics, English, science, social studies, fine arts and physical and affective education.

* Older students then may choose to continue with their Latin study or begin another language: French, Spanish, or Chinese. Computer and technology skills are taught throughout the Middle and Upper School years.
6. British School of Chicago
Courses / Programs
British School of Chicago is located in the popular Lincoln Park area in Chicago City in Cook County, Illinois, with easy access from I-90/94 and the CTA Red Line. We offer nursery to year 12 programs consisting of a style of learning that's New World innovative and Old World refined. We approach every student's needs in a way that's as unique as they are. The student is at the centre of everything we do, and we help them build on their strengths, grow their talents and explore all the possibilities.

The unique and international style of the school has proven popular and attractive to a wide variety of American, British and international families in the Chicago metro area. The combination of three distinctive curricula, the International Primary Curriculum, the UK National Curriculum and International Baccalaureate Diploma Program provides a comprehensive, international programme of study which aims to equip every student with the essential skills for lifelong learning and meet individual learning needs.

Today, our enrolment comprises of approximately 485 students. British School of Chicago is accredited by the National Independent Private Schools Association (NIPSA).
- Early Years program
- Primary School program
- Middle School program
- High School program

The British Schools of America prepares students to meet the growing challenges of a rapidly changing world. The BSA academic programme is based on:

* The International Primary Curriculum (IPC)
* The UK National Curriculum
* The International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IBDP)
7. The Children's House Lake Meadows, Chicago
Courses / Programs
The Children's House Lake Meadows provides distinct and proven Early Education Experience programs for children ages 6 weeks through to 12 years of age. The Children's House is privately owned, and currently operates 4 facilities in Cook County, Illinois, including Chicago City, Park Forest and Markham. The Children's House Lake Meadows is fully licensed by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.

We employ only qualified teachers and teachers aides, and keep our class sizes small to provide your child with a comfortable environment that is conductive to learning. Our endeavor is to provide parents, regardless of their hours of work or school schedule, with quality care for their children. Because of our desire to accommodate the many schedules incurred in the 21st century, The Children's House is open 130 hours a week, versus the normal 60 hours at most child care centers.
Early Education Experience Programs:

- Infants program
- Toddler program
- Kindergarten program
- Afterschool program

* Our Early Education Experience programs are for children ages 6 weeks through to 12 years of age.
* Summer Programs also available.
8. Chicago Friends School
Courses / Programs
"Progressive Education in a Nurturing Environment:"

Chicago Friends School provides an educational environment that meets children’s intellectual, social and emotional needs, nurtures relationships, and that fosters a sense of belonging, social awareness, and personal responsibility.

In our multi-age classrooms, teachers approach each child from a developmental perspective focusing on each child’s next steps. Younger children learn from the older children and older children have an opportunity to take on a leadership role and share their knowledge.
Elementary Program:

Subjects include:
- Art
- Music
- Drama
- Physical education
- Math
- Science
- Social studies
- Language arts
- Ecological education
- Extracurricular activities
- After School Care
9. The Paintbrush, Chicago
Courses / Programs
The Paintbrush, opened in 2005, is a children's art studio owned by sisters Melanie and Mindy Apel in Lakeview on the North Side of Chicago, Cook County, IL. At The Paintbrush, kids do more than just paint. Starting at 18 months old, kids learn about famous artists, listen to music and create their own inspired works of art and projects inspired by the artists' styles.

The Paintbrush offers a selection of classes geared to different ages along with workshops and summer camp. Classes are ongoing, so kids can join anytime.

The mission of The Paintbrush is to introduce young children to the wonderful world of art. The main goal is to teach kids to love art and have an understanding of the artists they study and whose works inspire their own creations.
Art Classes for Children Ages 18 months to 8 years:

- Tiny Artists: 18 months - 4 years (parent / tot interaction)

- Apprentices: 3-4-years with participting parent (45 minutes)

- Little Masters: Drop-off for children ages 4-8 years (1 hour - Any class with fewer than 2 children enrolled will meet for 45 minutes)

- Drawing Class: 5 years+ (1 hour - FALL I: 6 weeks; FALL II: 9 weeks; FALL I&II Combo Pack: 15 weeks)

- Water Color Workshop: 5 years+ (1 hour - FALL I: 8 weeks)

- Summer Art Camp
10. Creative Scholars Preschool, Chicago
Courses / Programs
Creative Scholars Preschool is located in the heart of Chicago, Cook County, near Lincolnwood and Irving Park, with easy access to Freeway 90 and 94. At Creative Scholars Preschool, we strive to build a strong foundation for your child’s love of education. With a focus on early literacy development, we promote developmentally appropriate possibilities that enable us to discover the gifts each child possesses. We offer parents a central homely location and provide our children with a safe, engaging, collaborative and creative place to learn.

Our world is ever changing. At Creative Scholars, we have a responsibility to foster an atmosphere of caring, respect and understanding of one another and our world. We are committed to working together; parents, teachers, and child to ensure a high quality program for all of our students.
- Preschool Programs with full-day and half-day options.

- Visual arts, music, drama and foreign languages play an importnat role in our curriculum.

- Summer Enrichment Program also available.
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