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21. 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
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22. Ballet Chicago
Courses / Programs
Located in the heart of Downtown Chicago, Ballet Chicago is an internationally recognized professional track school of ballet that offers classes and programs throughout the year. Acceptance into the student and professional divisions is by audition only.

Ballet Chicago offers a boot camp, children's theme camps, junior intensives, and professional level summer and advanced intensives.

Ballet Chicago believes every aspiring artist deserves the opportunity to explore his or her full potential, and strives to make classical ballet training accessible to all talented students who have the desire to dance.

Ballet Chicago is dedicated to rigorous technical training in a culture that fosters personal growth and by teaching impeccable technique as well as fundamental life skills, their students go on to find success in dance and life.
Year-Round & Summer Ballet Programs for Children & Adults:

Children's Theme Camp (ages 4-6)
- Duration: 1 week

Junior Intensive (ages 7-12)
- Duration: 1-3 weeks

Ballet Chicago Boot Camp:
- Duration: 1 week

Summer Course:
- Duration: 5 weeks, ages 11 and up

Advanced Intensive Class:
- Duration: 2-weeks
23. 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.
24. The Catherine Cook School, Chicago
Courses / Programs
The Catherine Cook School is one of a few non-sectarian, non-denominational, non-profit, traditional independent schools located in downtown Chicago in the historic Old Town area, providing preschool through to eighth grade programs. The school serves Lincoln Park, Gold Coast, Lakeview, Wicker Park and surrounding neighborhoods.

We are an inclusive learning community dedicated to inspiring personal excellence and educating children for life. We are a school where students thrive in small classes and enjoy a joyful approach to learning and community.

Our rigorous curriculum introduces world languages before first grade, builds mastery of fundamental skills and critical thinking, stimulates creativity in the visual and performing arts, and uses the best of instructional technology to expand the possibilities of learning.

Our academic program centers on age-appropriate experiential learning and independent thinking, augmented by rich opportunities in the arts, athletics, and service learning.
- Early Childhood program
- Preschool program
- Kindergarten program
- Elementary School program
- Middle School program
- Extended Day program

* Our curriculum prepares students for superb high school options, teaching language arts and social studies in a combined humanities program with math, laboratory science, and world languages, complemented by art, music, physical education and public speaking.
25. St. John Berchmans School
Courses / Programs
St. John Berchmans is located on historic Logan Boulevard in the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois. We are just seconds from the Kennedy Expressway, ten minutes from downtown Chicago, and easily accessible by public transportation. Our philosophy is to encompass all facets of Christian living in the education of the whole child: spiritual, moral, intellectual, social, cultural, and physical.

We strive to build a sense of self-esteem, confidence and love of learning. We value and respect the cultural and academic diversity of the school community. Our students Terra Nova test scores consistently exceed the Archdiocese averages across the board. All our classrooms have computers with internet access. Our graduates have gone on to some of the state's best high schools and Ivy league colleges. Your child's academic success starts here.
- 3 and 4 year old NAEYC accredited preschool program

- Kindergarten through to Eighth Grade program

* Subjects include: Reading, Social Studies, Science, Computer Science, Math, Spanish, Physical Education, Music, Religion.

* After school programs include Drama, Art, Volleyball, Basketball, Cheerleading and Book clubs.
26. Lakefront Children's Academy
Courses / Programs
Lakefront Children's Academy is a full-service, private, educational academy for children ages two through to six years. We are conveniently located in the New East Side neighborhood in the center of Chicago, close to Millennium Park and the heart of Chicago's downtown loop. Lakefront Children's Academy offers an enhanced curriculum and solid educational programs.

Our academic programs feature computer readiness, foreign language, math & reading readiness, science, library, music, art, cultural appreciation & physical education classes. 95% of our pre-kindergarten and kindergarten graduates who apply for are accepted to private, gifted and classical schools.

Lakefront Children's Academy was recognized as one of the top 100 child care centers in the country by Child Care Business Publication. Lakefront Children's Academy is both City and State Licensed and our staff attend regular training seminars to keep current on the latest issues in Early Childhood Education.

Our low student to teacher ratio ensures each child receives individual attention and care. Within a safe environment, each child will be stimulated to explore, make choices and develop age appropriate skills.
- Academic programs for ages 2-6 years, geared toward stimulating the development of skills and communication, providing a growing awareness of sizes, shapes, and colors, cultivating manipulative skills and increasing physical development.

- Academics / Activities:
* Reading Readiness
* Math Readinesss
* Art
* Earthworks Science Program
* Practical Life
* Musikgarten Music Lessons
* Computer Readiness
* Language
* Piano
* Physical Education
* Field Trips
* Hot Meals
* Summer Camp program
27. North Park Elementary, Chicago
Courses / Programs
North Park Elementary School (NPES) was founded in 1980 to create an affordable alternative for parents who wanted to provide top quality kindergarten through to eighth grade elementary school education within the City of Chicago in Cook County. A group of founding parents in the North Park neighborhood banded together to create the fledgling school with hope, high expectations and a great deal of hard work. Given our convenient Northside location, we typically serve families on the Northside of Chicago, from Lake View, North Center, Lincoln Square, Old Irving Park and even Evanston.

We show our commitment to gender equity and diversity in a variety of ways - such as in our culturally rich curriculum and in our recruiting practices where we commit to hiring teachers and admitting students without regard to race, religion, gender or other characteristics.

North Park Elementary is accredited by the Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS), the Illinois Board of Education (ISBE) and Lake Michigan Association of Independent Schools (LMAIS).
- Kindergarten program
- Elementary program
- Lower School program
- Middle School program
- Athletics program

* We emphasize a strong academic curriculum integrating the fine arts. We are committed to teaching basic education skills in reading, writing, mathematics, science, social science and critical thinking, using the best of contemporary and traditional techniques.
28. Josephinum Academy, Chicago
Courses / Programs
Josephinum Academy of the Sacred Heart is a Catholic, college-preparatory high school where each young woman is educated to reach her highest academic potential, empowered to discover her unique place in the world, and inspired to become a confident, faith-filled leader.

Josephinum offers students a challenging academic curriculum and the support they need to achieve their highest potential. Josephinum's college-prep program prepares students to be successful in college, to help them gain admittance at the school of their choice, and to win scholarships that make college affordable.

As a Sacred Heart school, Josephinum shares the mission, values, and traditions of the Sacred Heart education. Josephinum is a welcoming and diverse community with a well-rounded program that nurtures the values of faith, academic excellence, service, and personal growth within students.
Education programs for girls in grades 9 through to grade twelve:
IB Literature, IB History, IB Biology, IB Math Studies, IB Theater, Theory of Knowledge, IB Language (French or Spanish), along with our 9th and 10th grade curriculum geared at preparing students for the rigor of the International Baccalaureate.
29. Montessori Academy Spanish Immersion
Courses / Programs
Montessori Academy Spanish Immersion (MASI), located in the north side of Oak Park, north western Chicago in Cook County, Illinois, is a private home montessori academy offering 100% Spanish Immersion for children 15 months to 12 years of age.

A variety of programs are available year-round from 7:30 am to 6:00 pm, including after school programs in English and Spanish, summer camps and tutoring in English, Calculus, Algebra and Geometry to students of any age.
- Spanish Immersion programs for children 15 months to 12 years of age
- Hourly Spanish classes / tutoring
- Summer Spanish language program
- After School Spanish & English programs
- AM Extended Day
30. L&L Academy and Preschool
Courses / Programs
L&L Academy and Preschool is located on Clark Street in Chicago in Cook County (Just a block away from Lincoln Park Zoo), and offers daycare and preschool programs for children aged between three and six years. Our goals are to nurture and guide each child’s development physically, socially, emotionally and intellectually that will continue to evolve over a lifetime. This is done in an environment where learning unfolds though stimulating play, exploration and curriculum.

Some parents may prefer the Montessori approach; we believe that, as professional teachers, it is our duty to help children discover their interests through guidance. With fun, but carefully planned curriculum, we can help your child discover the wonders of reading, poetry, science, creative movement and much more.
Daycare & preschool programs for kids aged 3 - 6 years:

- 2 day program (Tuesday and Thursday)

- 3 day program (Monday, Wednesday and Friday)

- 5 day program (Monday to Friday)
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